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New crackdown sees darts BANNED in Pattaya

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New crackdown sees darts BANNED in Pattaya

 

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Foreigners are once again caught up in yet another crackdown, but this time it is not visa overstayers or foreign crime syndicates.

 

Bar goers in Pattaya were up in arms this week after police put a stop to one of their favourite pastimes.

 

Last Wednesday (Jan 31) police in Pattaya launched raids on a number of venues popular with expats and foreign tourists.

 

The purpose of the raids was to confiscate dartboards from bars in Soi 6, as well as at other locations in the resort town.

 

Thaivisa has been told how police turned up at one Soi 6 bar demanding to see their “dartboard license”, much to the bewilderment of staff.

 

When the staff were unable to produce the documentation required, police confiscated their dartboards.

 

When asked how to apply for such license, bar staff were told that the license doesn’t actually exist but will be a requirement imminently.

 

The existing entertainment license required by bars doesn’t cover playing darts, staff were informed.

 

Until then, venues in Pattaya are not allowed to let patrons play darts.

 

It was not only bars in Soi 6 that were subject of the crackdown on darts playing.

 

Thaivisa also understands the new requirements for a ‘dartboard license’ have resulted in the suspension of Pattaya’s popular darts league, which many expats in the town take part in.

 

Organisers of the amateur darts league have taken the matter up with officials at Pattaya City Hall, as well as with the Thailand Darts Association in order to seek clarification on the matter.

 

This wouldn’t be the first time that a crackdown has been launched on what is a seemingly innocent pursuit enjoyed by many expats.

 

 

In 2016, police raided the Jomtien and Pattaya Bridge Club, which resulted in 32 elderly foreigners, including an 84 year old Dutch woman, arrested for gambling and thrown in the cells.

 

The incident made headlines around the world.

 
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Unbloodybelieveable......whatever next....lunatics are now running the asylum here......:whistling:

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Does it include the darts fired in go go bars ? Although they fire them at balloons, not a dartboard !

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I'm not a player but I know a few who love this pastime and it has a very active tournament circuit. But a dartboard licence?!?!?! A ban? OMG, what next? A ban on any vessel made of glass designed to hold alcohol? Removal of knives from the kitchen? 

 

TV Editors, keep "Thailand a laughing stock" headline ready.

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Dart board license!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????.....oh this has gone to far...what a bunch of thieves

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So let me get this right - To play darts you need a dartboard license...but the license doesn't exist. 

 

I recommend the police go to Toys R Us - Lots of dartboards there there - and openly being sold too!! Lock em up!

 

http://www.toysrus.co.th/toysrusTH/SearchResult?keyWord=DARTBOARD&action=keyword&lang=en

 

 

 

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C'mon, be reasonable!

 

Darts are clearly weapons of war that could be used to overthrow the government.

 

Of course they are banned...

 

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We just have to accept Thailand don't want us farangs to stay in Thailand anymore 

Do police come and nok on my door now because I have dart board at home 

Thailand is becoming a country I don't like anymore meaby it is better to find a new home in another country 

After 15 years here thank you 

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And the stupidity continues unabated. Confiscating boards for not having a license that doesn't yet exist? Will someone in authority here, please grow a bloody brain?

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I got hit in the chest when i was 8 yrs old (kids playing stupid games) and definitely not a war weapon . A dart board license REALLY ?

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This is quite astonishing...  Truly galactic idiocy... 

 

With so many more significant issues which could / should be handled it take a certain degree of sanctimonious idiocy to even consider something as innocuous as darts...

 

It does seem that the Police in some areas (i.e. Pattaya) make up the rules, do whatever they want, when they want without any logic or common sense....  but even this makes the mind boggle....

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Wow, you just couldn't make this stuff up...amazing Thailand

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First the bridge players, then the darts players...

 

Pool players! You are on notice!!

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    Nothing can surprise me anymore. What's next? Or is it already April???

 

  You can buy a Dartboard license at Kao San road....

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