Mighty Red Pen

April 12, 2010

Typos don’t pay

Filed under: Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:55 pm
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It’s what I’ve been trying to tell you all along: typos are serious business. And there’s at least one guy out there—who just did three extra years in an Indonesian jail because of one— who will agree with me.

According to an AP article,

A Thai man has been released from an Indonesian prison after spending three extra years behind bars because of a typo in his paperwork, a report said Friday.

Kamjai Khong Thavorn, 53, should have been released in 2007 after serving a 20-year sentence for heroin possession but a clerical error wrongly stated his first year in prison as 1997 instead of 1987, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Kamjai was released Thursday after he told Indonesia’s justice minister of the mistake during a chance meeting on the minister’s tour of the maximum security prison in Central Java, it said.



  1. Man, what a bummer. That is a shame. One key stroke cost a man three extra years in jail. You’re right. Typos are disaster.

    Comment by Steven Sawyer — April 12, 2010 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  2. i thought this article was gonna end with “he actually only roped a goat”

    Comment by ~m — April 12, 2010 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

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