A group of pranksters who dressed up as beggars near a market in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, on Tuesday released a letter apologizing for offending the local community.
The letter posted by an account belonging to Tran Thi Minh Thao offered apologies toward residents and city officials in Hoi An for the disturbance caused by the prankster group, who chose to dress up as beggars on the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town in an apparent bid to grab media attention.
A video clip of the crew went viral on Tuesday before police discovered that the group of ragged-looking, cane-walking panhandlers had seemingly been dropped off at the market by fancy cars.
In the publicized apology letter, an alleged member, Tran Thi Minh Thao, explained that the group had been dropped off at the market simply to take "pictures and record a video just for keepsakes."
Thao noted that the group hopes the public will forgive them given that they did not mean to cause any added stress during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.
Regarding the issue, Hoi An officials said they managed to capture the license plates of the cars used by the group and are working to identify the members.