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Grumpy Old Man

Thai business owners who think they own the public road

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If I owned or rented a shop I would consider the parking out front to be mine.   

 

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Do you have as many incidents with business owners hogging the public right of way as you do with getting stopped at checkpoints every day?

Or is that somebody else?

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Another farang kicked ass for principle. Great he told us all about it.

How many of you guys and gals Cary bolt cutters in your vehicle?


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This country has one rule for Thais' and Thais..then no rules for Thais' and farangs.Please be careful and watch your back if you persist as there will be only one winner!

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Being a "tough guy" like this will lead to no good for you if you persist.  I don't know how long you've been in Thailand, but apparently it's not long enough to know that in the end you can't win against these people. 

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10 minutes ago, seancbk said:

If I owned or rented a shop I would consider the parking out front to be mine.   

 

Why, do you maintain the roads and curbs?

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5 minutes ago, giddyup said:
17 minutes ago, seancbk said:

If I owned or rented a shop I would consider the parking out front to be mine.   

 

Why, do you maintain the roads and curbs?

 

No, but I'd expect to be able to park outside my shop.   What if I needed to do regular deliveries and needed to be parked there to pickup/drop-off stuff?  

It's common courtesy to leave the spot outside a shop for the owner. 

Unless there is a parking meter outside the shop, everywhere I've lived in Asia treats spaces outside shops as for the use of the shop.

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16 minutes ago, Bill97 said:

Another farang kicked ass for principle. Great he told us all about it.

How many of you guys and gals Cary bolt cutters in your vehicle?


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I'm starting to think hard ass Mr Grumpy might have those bolt cutters in the truck to use as "toe" cutters to anyone who tries to irritate him ?

 

By the way, OP, good for you standing up for your principals and rights, but as you have alluded to, you are aware of the possible consequences.

 

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"Good for you cutting the chain. First thought take it with you (but then they could claim theft). Perhaps cut into 4" sections would be in order?"

 

One could argue that he was destroying private property by damaging the chain. 

 

"...everywhere I've lived in Asia treats spaces outside shops as for the use of the shop."

 

"Treats" is the operative word here. They have no legal right to it, but often call "dibs" on it. 

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16 minutes ago, sydneyjed said:

This country has one rule for Thais' and Thais..then no rules for Thais' and farangs.

I image that if a local did what the OP did and they weren't notably hi-so, there would have been a similar outcome. At least that's my experience in my little part of the kingdom. I find I get treated no differently to the locals, at least I don't notice any different. In fact I believe I get treated with a higher respect than the way a lot of locals do.

 

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Its a pet hate of mine,its all over Thailand,and the authorities turn a blind eye to it,i have had a number of altercations with busiñesses in Pattaya and Jomtien,even one with a mid 30's French farang that knocked my window when i returned to my car to tell me not to park there,there were no chairs or witches hats there,i actually thought the place had closed down,due to a couple of pot plants blocking the entrance at the top of the stairs.I just pointed to my car registration sticker on my windscreen,and told him that i pay for that to park here,he went off saying he will get the police,i told him to get them,as there was a Police box about 50 metres away at the 711 at Dong Tan beach,he never took me up on the offer..I am surprised there has been nobody shot over it....T.I.T.

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12 minutes ago, seancbk said:

 

No, but I'd expect to be able to park outside my shop.   What if I needed to do regular deliveries and needed to be parked there to pickup/drop-off stuff?  

It's common courtesy to leave the spot outside a shop for the owner. 

Unless there is a parking meter outside the shop, everywhere I've lived in Asia treats spaces outside shops as for the use of the shop.

BALLCOCKS is  it

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The witch's hats are my favourite, I just gently reverse into them and move them further along. For chairs I actually get out of the car and move them onto the pavement.

 I had a business some years ago in a shophouse, but never placed anything in the road to "reserve" my space. To my mind it's a public road, but there again, I do not have Thai mentality, despite having living here for well over 30 years.

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56 minutes ago, seancbk said:

 

No, but I'd expect to be able to park outside my shop.   What if I needed to do regular deliveries and needed to be parked there to pickup/drop-off stuff?  

It's common courtesy to leave the spot outside a shop for the owner. 

Unless there is a parking meter outside the shop, everywhere I've lived in Asia treats spaces outside shops as for the use of the shop.

Where do your customers park then? in front of other people's business?

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