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  1. Okay, where did the driver idea come from? Can he drive a car? If so, is he good at it? Next step: Since you are looking to help this lad, you could put him through professional training when he is old enough. Thailand is awash with "professional drivers". Most of them drive in an indisciplined manner earning around 15 - 20,000 Baht a month.
  2. I have lived in Thailand for over 20 years and have stuck to a policy all that time. The policy is "use cash all the time". I have had Thai debit cards and I think I used them twice in all that time, once in Foodland and once in Tops. I bring money to Thailand in cash. I change it at money changer's. I put it in my Thai account. I pull out the money I need from the ATM. I pay for everything in Thailand in cash. Does that guarantee I will not be a victim of bank fraud? No. Does it improve my chances? Yes. My policy will not be everybody's cup of tea. But I am not planning to change it. Thank you to the OP for sharing his experiences.
  3. Yes, what is his aptitude? What does he see himself doing? What is he good at? How does he spend his free time? What field are his achievements in? I don't want his mother's view. (In addition, I should say that every [lazy] uneducated Thai male states they want to be a driver. This is because it is seen as well-paid (for the unskilled and uneducated), easy (lots of sitting around time) and it carries a higher status than a manual labourer (because it is not manual labour).) However the main point is the first paragraph. Just dismiss the driver idea. He can't do that for years any way.
  4. And therein lies the problem. "His mother told me......"
  5. May I also comment on your initial question. It looks like a question from someone who is projecting Western norms on to a very different type of society. Why do I say that? 1. No-one here gives a shit about the law. If a 14-year-old works, nobody cares. This is not the West. 2. The job market here is much more limited in terms of progression than in the West. It is much harder to work your way up from the bottom here unless you are self-employed. 3. The income inequality and wealth distribution is one of the highest in the world. Both points 2 and 3 mean that you don't have many low-educated, manual workers here that own a house, 2 cars and have disposable income as you meet routinely in the West.
  6. Thailand is extremely status-conscious. Most jobs, which fall under formal employment, specify a minimum education level, typically Bachelor's degree or M.6 or vocational qualifications such as Por Wor Sor. Therefore this lad will effectively be closing off any employment in the formal sector. So, he is looking at a career as a self-employed person. Trading or selling would be the best way for him to be making any money in 15 years' time. Of course it all depends on his aptitude. If he is bone idle, he will not succeed in anything no matter what wonderful advice he receives. All time between 15 and 25 to 30, should be spent focusing on skills which will carry the person through to retirement.
  7. Absolutely. There was a story on the BBC of a woman prosecuted for this in the UK. She was very upset as she now has a criminal record which she did not have before.
  8. Clearly you have never worked as a teacher in Thailand. You are lucky if you get paid.
  9. The cops are just pretending they are doing something. They love to use buzzwords too. Here if it doesn't pay (and this certainly doesn't) the cops don't play. They have forgotten about it already.
  10. Educate yourself " Many people have a difficult time understanding why the words we use are so important, especially on a topic like suicide. ...." https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2018/Why-Suicide-Reporting-Guidelines-Matter
  11. There is already individual choice. Your post ignores the fact that human psyche and mood are very strongly affected by the emotional environment and the fact that one can feel suicidal one day and much recovered the next. This is why radio stations try to focus on the positive and avoid playing songs that have titles and lyrics linked to recent disasters and atrocities. This is why in developed nations suicides are generally not reported or reported obliquely. There is a wealth of statistical evidence showing the copycat effect of suicides. This is why mental health referrals spike after news of an atrocity. No man is an island and the Thai media has a role to play in responsible reporting as reporters do in other countries.
  12. I suspect the name is based upon a three-word cliche in Thai detailing the three things the average Joe has time to do in between finishing work and going to sleep. The last activity is not fart but another four-letter word with the same initial.
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