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VIDEO: Speeding Thai minivan driver rages at foreign tourist who told him to slow down

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There are no professional standards, safety training, legislation or specific licensing requirements that I am aware of to become a minivan driver in Thailand. Any idiot can get a job driving a minivan. This simply a product of a lack of responsible law making, enforcement and governance which is unlikely to change. In the meantime, he will likely be behind the wheel again today along with many others.

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2 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

Typical Thais. They agreed with the driver. 

Why don't you read before commenting the Thais agreed with the farang.

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26 minutes ago, ChrisY1 said:

I wonder if many foreigners know what Thais think of them?

No they dont LOL , even worse if you understand the language, makes me cringe some of the things I hear in shops and restaurants.

I once asked a driver to slow down, who was playing on his phone, he went in a rage and chucked me the mrs and kid out at the side of the road, worse he still wanted paying he was told to go where the sun dont shine.

Lucky the bib were quickly on the scene and all it cost was a contribution to their Christmas party.      

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3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

“If you are scared of dying, why don’t you get off?”, the diver said.

 

“Thai people don't worry, why you scared?”, he added.

This quote says it all really. I know he's not speaking for all Thai people, but really it would appear that the vast majority don't care about death. Another life awaits upon shedding the current mortal coil. We can't change that. But it would behoove anyone with a western mentality to understand this way of thinking shared by most Thais.

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Thai people need to speak up and stop being shy.  Your not going to loose face if you ask the driver to stop driving dangerously.. I don't get it with these drivers and Thai people not speaking up.  

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

I would ask the driver to slow down one time. If he did not, I would take him up on his offer, of getting off, regardless of where we were. I would rather walk to another spot where I could catch another one, than die with this maniac. And I would definitely report the super freak driver. The government has been cracking down on mini vans, and compelling many of them to install those beepers, that go off, when they go above 95kph. He would be penalized, if not lose his job altogether, for this.

Yes u can catch the next Van but he will be speeding too because its a 6 hours race track for them all..

Fine them 2000-5000 bht non stop then its fixed within 12 months 

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Stopped using minivans yonks ago. I even got a taxi-car from Korat to Hua Hin a couple of years ago as I didn't want to get into one of those death traps 

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Everyone knows a farang that constantly has problems with thais.  The reason is that they have not learned how to deal with thais.  

 

If you go around acting like you do in the western world you are guaranteed to have problems. 

 

When I have a problems with thais for whatever reason I just say it's all my fault.  I am wrong.  I made a mistake.  I am the stupid farang.  You get the idea.  Does not matter if it is your fault or not.  That is not the point.  If you do things that help a thai save face you will make your life much easier in Thailand.  

 

The LAST thing you ever want to do is act/say/do things that makes thais feel like you think you are right and they are wrong.  That goes double/triple for farangs.  Thais dealing with thais can get away with it sometimes but that does not mean farangs can. 

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4 minutes ago, tonysilly said:

Thai people need to speak up and stop being shy.  Your not going to loose face if you ask the driver to stop driving dangerously.. I don't get it with these drivers and Thai people not speaking up.  

They may lose their face if they don't speak up, along with a leg, an arm and maybe their life 

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8 minutes ago, Easy Come Easy Go said:

They may lose their face if they don't speak up, along with a leg, an arm and maybe their life 

You can still accomplish your goal (to get the driver to slow down).  You just have to learn to go about it a different way than in the western world.

 

For example, say that you have an irrational fear of riding in minivans.  Say your friend was in a tragic accident and now you have nightmares.  Or maybe that you are getting sick and might puke and make a mess of their van.  So if they slow down that might help.  Get creative.  As long as you are not critisizing them, blaming them, trying to tell them what to do.  You get the picture.

 

Or don't and risk running into problems like this sometimes.

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5 minutes ago, lapd said:

You can still accomplish your goal (to get the driver to slow down).  You just have to learn to go about it a different way than in the western world.

 

For example, say that you have an irrational fear of riding in minivans.  Say your friend was in a tragic accident and now you have nightmares.  Get creative.  As long as you are not critisizing them, blaming them, trying to tell them what to do.  You get the picture.

That stupid dangerous potentiel Killer needs and deserve a lesson, next farangs might be less patient and punish him righthly... 

 

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2 hours ago, cooked said:

I took a minivan once, never again. He was obviously high on Yaba, was dodging in and out of traffic at high speed, often unnecessarily. He asked my wife aggressively if I was drunk (one can of luke warm Chang), when I permitted myself a quick gasp at one point.so I'm GUESSING he was a Muslim, my wife thought so.

On the video the guy says "Why worry? No police". That sums it up for many Minibus drivers.

 

whatever happened to, a few years ago, putting GPS monitors on the minivans, problem solved blah blah

 

better would have been to pay him a few baht to stop at a  gas station,  then find other transport ..... minivans are so tempting to use, hard to talk people out of them

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