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3 Thai Mobile Banking Apps Crash on Payday

Siam Commercial Bank SCB Mobile Banking App crash

Not one, not two but three Thai banks saw their mobile applications crash on payday, sparking more ridicule about Thailand’s pitiful IT skills.

Siam Commercial Bank’s banking app became the latest to fall Friday morning, a day after both the Bangkok Bank and TMBThanachart Bank’s apps were inaccessible on June 30, the monthly payday for most of Thailand.

While SCB’s app was restored by mid-day for most people, online users responded with scorn earlier in the day to the message “service is not available at the moment, please try again later”

Twitter’s top-trending Thai hashtag became “SCB is down”.

Thailand repeatedly and regularly embarrasses itself with its collective lack of tech skills, so much that angry online users turned to tongue-in-cheek barbs to convey their disgust.

Some started a game on which banking app would crash next: Kasikornbank, Krungthai or another bank. Another compared each banking app’s status to a medical condition, with TTB “slowly recovering”, Bangkok Bank still in a “coma” and SCB “being sent to ICU”.

 “I just transferred money from TTB to SCB! Damn, I’m so mad at all of these mobile app makers. I have no money left to eat now,” raged another Twitter user.

On Thursday, many netizens took to Twitter to complain about Bangkok Bank’s failed mobile app, which went down “due to the current high volume of access”.

Payday? Busy? Y’think?