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Cambodian who returned Australian car and keys to Embassy after 16 years

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u/KIDNEYST0NEZ Aug 12 '22

Jesus Christ, how this man survived the Cambodian genocide blows my fucking mind. For anyone who has no idea how violent or disgusting that genocide was you can learn pretty much everything you need to know from the “Lions Led By Donkeys” podcast.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

I'm pissed I did not get to meet him tonight.

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u/zevonyumaxray Aug 12 '22

If the Khmer Rouge had known about him, he probably wouldn't have survived. Lucky man.

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u/xX_nasenbaer420_Xx Aug 12 '22

no glasses, no problem

/s

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u/Jamieflamefame Aug 12 '22

S21 is no joke.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

As moving, if not more than holocaust camps. Those were industrial in their efforts. S 21 was one by one. Evil was much more intimate. You can feel it.

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u/Jamieflamefame Aug 12 '22

Looking at those mugshots, knowing that they would be executed moments later. Fuck...! kids!!

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

It's unreal.

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u/KIDNEYST0NEZ Aug 12 '22

What’s crazy is most people didn’t even know what Khmer Rouge looked like and were just blindly following orders…

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u/Character-Ad3006 Aug 12 '22

It was fear, if I do what they want I'll be ok mentality.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22 edited Aug 12 '22

Was at the Australian Embassy tonight for a happy hour. Their outside bar area is named after the gentlemen who was given the keys to the Australian Ambassador 's car (embassy) in 1975 when it was closing due to the Khmer Rouge. In 1991, when the Embassy reopened, he returned the car with the keys and was hired on the spot. He's in his 90s now and was at the happy hour but I barely missed him. What a bad ass and great story!

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u/BenjaminWobbles Aug 12 '22

Embassies have happy hours?

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

Some do once a month for others in the diplomatic community. Not your standard happy hour.

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u/BenjaminWobbles Aug 12 '22

That's pretty cool.

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u/__Just_For_Porn__ Aug 12 '22

I lived in Zanzibar for a while working in luxury hospitality (Sales & marketing). My boss got invites to the various embassies on mainland Tanzania for their monthly networking / social events a couple of times.

It was apparently very nice, never got to go myself though.

Of course the Australian embassy calls it happy hour, it feels fitting lol.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 13 '22

They are more networking than boozing but that never stops me from doing both! LOL

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u/MSR_Ultra Aug 13 '22

My dad was often invited to the U.K. embassy in Japan for these events. He took his Japanese colleague who loved to get leathered on whisky and insisted the embassy did the best sashimi in Japan.

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u/adsjabo Aug 12 '22

As a fellow Aussie, id be disappointed if we didn't! 😆

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u/nirnroot_hater Aug 12 '22

Depending on where you are they are some of the best happy hours that exist.

Any western country's embassy (especially US and Australia) in the middle east are amazing.

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u/jbjbjb10021 Aug 13 '22

West Africa too. Cold beer by the pool.

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u/jdroser Aug 12 '22

Where are you getting a car from? The plaque says he was given the keys to the embassy, that is, the building and/or compound itself.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 13 '22

He was the driver for the Ambassadors before and after the Khmer Rouge. He returned the car he drove in the 70s AND the keys to the new Embassy in 1991. They told me the whole story last night. The plaque should have specified.

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u/Popheal Aug 12 '22

It's a poorly worded plaque. Especially for an embassy.

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u/aeoneir Aug 12 '22

It also said he was a driver, which implies a car

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

Forgot to mention the bar is named after him.

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u/PebblyJackGlasscock Aug 12 '22

You buried the lede! They named the bar after him. Wow.

Is there a higher (unofficial) honor? We named the place where the good times happen after this guy equals this guy is good people.

Name the conference room after him? Pfft. Who cares about the Muy Conference Room?

The Muy Bar?! Let’s meet at Muy’s? Where can we celebrate? MUY’s bar.

Cheers to whichever Aussies made this most excellent decision to honor Khuy Muy in the best way possible.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 13 '22

Almost everything inside Embassies (rooms, bars, conference centers, cafes, etc.) is named after someone. We all (diplomatic community) have lost a fellow countryman or countrywoman at each post or have a locally employed staff member who does something extraordinary as this exemplifies.

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u/pnkdjanh Aug 12 '22

I hope he's got a nice pension from the embassy.

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u/Comprehensive_Day511 Aug 12 '22

Muy simpático! :]

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u/weedium Aug 12 '22

There are good people everywhere

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u/Taegur2 Aug 12 '22

When I hear stories like these I like to imagine how this went down. 'Please pull over to one side sir. My supervisor will be with you in a moment.' and 'There's a guy at the gate who says he has what?'

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 13 '22

I issued a visa once to a guy in Brazil who was in his 70s. He brought his first passport with his visa (simply a stamp) from the 1950s to the interview. That was enough for me to see. I chatted with him just out of interest but had already made my decision.

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u/Selbereth Aug 12 '22

He returned the keys to the embassy, not a car. He was then hired as a driver because they could trust him

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

He had both. They told me the story tonight at the Embassy.

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u/Selbereth Aug 12 '22

Ahh, the plack only mentions the keys to the embassy

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

Embassy sounds cooler than car. All the embassies were empty during Khmer Rouge.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 12 '22

Except Russia and China, I believe.

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u/Turbulentzz Aug 12 '22

I’m noticing a pattern…

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u/h2ogie Aug 12 '22

Plaque

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u/mtaw Aug 12 '22

Yeah and who doesn't have some 15 year old embassy keys somewhere in their junk drawer at home?

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u/demoneyesturbo Aug 12 '22

They should have given him his salary for all those years.

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 13 '22

I did not inquire as to that but we agree!

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u/Imagoof4e Aug 12 '22

It’s uplifting and encouraging, to read about people like this.

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u/GorlamiVincent Aug 12 '22

embassy or car?????

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u/gaythxbai Aug 12 '22

Both

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u/Skillettor Aug 12 '22

It's a caravan.

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u/khazzalp Aug 12 '22

He's a good man

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u/Character-Ad3006 Aug 12 '22

A true friend to Australia.

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u/Blood_Jesus Aug 12 '22

This is pretty wholesome.

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u/GreyJedi56 Aug 12 '22

Watch this pro gamer move, turns in 16 year old car and keys for good job and new car. Honored by wealthy nation as hero. Stonks.

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u/_eSpark_ Aug 12 '22

“Thats not much, but it’s honest work”

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u/notareddituser69 Aug 12 '22

Plot twist: he robbed a bank with the car and was tryna to get rid of it asap

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u/Eagleburgerite Aug 13 '22

Cambodia had no money coming out of the Khmer Rouge years. I get where you are going with your joke but it could not be placed worse given the history here.

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u/anonymous_cabbage4 Aug 13 '22

Pole like these are quite hard to come by