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"What brainless idiots allowed this?" - lampposts in the middle of the road in Lamphun

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Sometimes it makes you wonder if those in charge have a kilogram of embarrassment in them when they are responsible for a piss poor job. In my culture/ upbringing you’d be embarrassed....( or is because you do not dare complain in this Thai culture ?)

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Lighting poles in most of the developed world must meet standards incl being “frangible” meaning it a car hits one, the occupants survive. No such standards or compliance in LoS. I feel you hit one of the normal concrete along most Thai roads, you will soon be playing a harp in the Wild Blue yonder. However frangibility can have unintended consequences....

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6 hours ago, userabcd said:

OK so the poles are in the middle of the road between road lanes and visible, why do people then drive into them.

..maybe in your 3. World Country this is usual😂😂😂

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17 minutes ago, toenail said:

Sometimes it makes you wonder if those in charge have a kilogram of embarrassment in them when they are responsible for a piss poor job. In my culture/ upbringing you’d be embarrassed....( or is because you do not dare complain in this Thai culture ?)

 

I've long noticed that very few Thais seem to have pride in their work. Makes for a rather sad and pointless existence, just going through the motions and taking no pleasure in what they do every day.

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7 hours ago, userabcd said:

OK so the poles are in the middle of the road between road lanes and visible, why do people then drive into them.

Hey hey. I am a Pole and i am nowhere near a middle of the road

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walk down any pavement anywhere here ( if  u can find one) and  youll find similar if not worse

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10 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

 

I've long noticed that very few Thais seem to have pride in their work. Makes for a rather sad and pointless existence, just going through the motions and taking no pleasure in what they do every day.

aint  that the  truth, very hard here to find anyone  like  that especially in construction

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Obviously, a brainless Idiot in a position of Authority allowed these poles to be erected 

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Maybe the same guy who plants trees in the middle of sidewalks in Chiang Mai

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Do the lights work though or are they kept off to save electricity like lights around my local area. Perfectly working traffic lights on 3intesections i have to pass daily are left to flash and even one of the inrersections are new and theyve blocked it and put up witches hats. There is something very very wrong here....very sad...

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ABS lamp posts...brilliant idea.

 

Sure to be recognized by a certain Swedish institution soon..

 

They will have won one at last.

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1 hour ago, new2here said:

I understand it.  I think it’s driven, in part, by some historical culture/societal “norms” as well as educational practices.

 

by that I mean, it is my opinion, that “free thinkers” or those that express opposing/individual option or who question (for good intentions and not purely as a disruptive/obstructionist practice) what is or what’s accepted - aren’t widely produced in this country nor are their behaviors cherished.

 

conformists tend to be what I see in Asia more often.  I don’t mean that a conformist is overtly a bad thing...  but I DO think that in some cases, it good to question “why are we doing this?” versus simply following what was said/given or done in the past.

I would say you summed it up perfectly. There are plenty who see its a bad idea but won't speak up and give an alternative opinion.

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To be fair, it seems the poles are not technically in the middle of the road as there is a yellow line marking the edge of the road right where the pole is, with motorcycle parking bays marked to the left of it and room for two way traffic on the right.

 But yes, it would have been much better to put them on the sidewalk......

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8 hours ago, userabcd said:

OK so the poles are in the middle of the road between road lanes and visible, why do people then drive into them.

Maybe drivers giving motorcyclists a wide berth ... it's the correct and safe thing to do. 

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Gotta love the hand held flashing batons strapped to the posts :clap2:

I wonder what's gonna happens when the batteries go flat

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