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A job for Big Joke? Immigration bribes claim at Don Mueang in wake of attack on tourist

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A job for Big Joke? Immigration bribes claim at Don Mueang in wake of attack on tourist

 

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Chinese social media was abuzz with claims about what led to the assault on one of their nationals at Don Mueang airport. 

 

There are suggestions that the man refused to pay 300 baht on top of his visa cost because he was not getting a receipt for the extra money. This led ultimately to him being hit by a security guard.

 

Daily News called it a case of an "under the table payment". 

 

Now the upper echelons of Thai government are demanding an investigation into bribery.

 

Surachai Liangbunlertchai a deputy at the National Legislative Assembly indicated to reporters that an investigation is required in response to the social media claims. 

 

The damaging event for Thai tourism could get worse if bribery is shown to be the root cause of the resulting violence. 

 

Crime buster Maj-Gen Surachate Hakpan took over as the commissioner of immigration on Monday.

 

The Maj-Gen - known as Big Joke in the media - said on taking up the position that he intended to enforce a "No Tip" policy with signage at immigration centers. 

 

Thaivisa notes that the fallout from the assault of the Chinese tourist could be at the top of his jobs to do list in the first week of his new position. 

 

Source: Daily News

 
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8 minutes ago, webfact said:

Now the upper echelons of Thai government are demanding an investigation into bribery.

 

 

Don't do as we do, do as we say !

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20 minutes ago, webfact said:

the man refused to pay 300 baht on top of his visa cost because he was not getting a receipt for the extra money. This led ultimately to him being hit by a security guard.

Now I know why I'm so ugly, with a face like a bag of spanners. Must be my constant refusal to pay bribes.

 

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36 minutes ago, webfact said:

he was not getting a receipt for the extra money.

Did he expect one? Definitely a tourist then.

I cant remember the amount of times I have "paid" for a service at immigration and got no receipt.

Seems to be standard operating procedure. Not just the traffic cops who like a bit of tea money.

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32 minutes ago, webfact said:

Now the upper echelons of Thai government are demanding an investigation into bribery.

 

Limited in scope to this case, of course.

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My quandary is just who to believe, knowing that, in the wake of yesterday's self-defensive right-hook media explosion, the Chinese would love to be able to get something on this 300 baht scam, even if it's all pie in the sky. Still, it makes for fun viewing, if not as comedy-driven as the political threads . . . and they do make me laugh.

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They like to live up to their higher ups lifestyle.

Not everyone is lucky to have dead friend loaning luxury watches...some of these poor guys need to "collect" money to buy it.

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45 minutes ago, webfact said:

Now the upper echelons of Thai government are demanding an investigation into bribery.

 

And while they're at it, perhaps they could investigate the 'bribe' money for getting a certificat of residence, which is supposed to be free of charge.

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20 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

 

And while they're at it, perhaps they could investigate the 'bribe' money for getting a certificat of residence, which is supposed to be free of charge.

I got nailed at Jomtien last month when I needed one for my new driving licence. 1,000 baht. When I said I thought it was free, I was told, not for a long time. No receipt of course, so this is definitely not an isolated case. Big Joke is going to be working his nuts off for a very long time to come.

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Question is can BJ make the divisions and deal with the issues effectively without a camera crew?

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Now the upper echelons of Thai government are demanding an investigation into bribery.

 

Specifically, why they haven't got a piece of this cake?

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33 minutes ago, Oziex1 said:

Question is can BJ make the divisions and deal with the issues effectively without a camera crew?

 

Divisions should read decisions, sorry not paying attention to the phones auto interferance.

 

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Tips for the counter officer is normal in some asean countries. Funny Chinese visitors seem to be disproportionately targeted. Maybe they thought the Chinese are more understanding of the tipping culture where they come from?  I remembered once I drove a Chinese visitor from Singapore across the causeway Malaysian immigration between southern Malaysia  and Singapore. Imagine my surprise when he slipped in a US$50 in the passport. When queried , he informed me that he was asked for a tip the last time he entered. I told him to put the $ away and we got thru ok. Seems the immigration officer pick and choose who to ‘tip’ on. It is not endemic in my belief. Maybe the same for the Thai officer? Adapting a small tip policy in around third world cultures make the traveling so much smoother and less of a headache. Making a song and dance does not help matter. See where it go the chinaman? 

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A Thai woman once told me that farangs are just walking ATM machines, and the first withdrawal starts at the airport, here's proof.

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