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Seven foreigners arrested over illegal pre-wedding photo shoots in Phuket


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2 hours ago, Old Croc said:

I don't see a difference between illegal tour guides and illegal wedding photographers.

There are plenty of local people in that industry who would be unhappy to be losing work to foreigners working in their profession.

There are plenty of Thai prof wedding photographers with great references who speak fluent Chinese which is necessary? 

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3 hours ago, anterian said:

So based on this if an infirm foreigner visits Thailand with his private nurse, on tourist visas, that nurse would be breaking the law. 

While I am not a lawyer or any sort of expert, my sense is that technically, the nurse would be breaking the law, and assuming that if the cops cared enough or were pissed at her for some reason, she could get arrested.

Similarly, my guess is that anyone here writing a book, for example, would also be breaking the law.  It would be a "perfect crime" unless the cops confiscated the manuscript and said "Ah ha! You despicable foreigner. This is a travel blog, not letters to your Aunt Martha!  Come quietly or do we have to mess you up?"

If my memory serves correctly, following the tsunami in 2004, some foreign volunteer aid workers were arrested (maybe told to go home and that they  could do volunteer work).  Can anyone confirm that?

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3 hours ago, LuukKoeyKorat said:

Why not call them Chinese rather than foreigners?

 

3 hours ago, stevenl said:

What is your point?

 

 

I may be wrong, (and I usually am!), but it could be his ‘point’ is best summed up in the following very old joke:

 

 

 

A drunken American Jew sees a Chinese man in the bar and goes over to him and punches him on the nose. Shocked, the Chineseman asks: "What was that for?" 

 

"Pearl Harbor! My grandfather was in one of the ships that was sunk in that attack.”

 

"Pearl Harbor? That wasn’t China, that was Japan!" 

 

"Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai ... you’re all the same to me." 

 

So the Chinese man retaliates by smacking the American Jewish man in the mouth. “Well, that’s for the Titanic. My great uncle was on that ship when it sank.” 

 

“The Titanic? But that was an iceberg,”

 

The Chinese man smiles and says: “Iceberg, Greenberg, Goldberg, Kornberg ......" 
 

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Very strange 

it’ seems all foreigners can be arrested for illegal working 

but if you are from African country you can sell drugs on the steers of Bangkok while wife’s or girlfriends sell bodies 

is this not working I’m confused 

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12 minutes ago, rexall said:

While I am not a lawyer or any sort of expert, my sense is that technically, the nurse would be breaking the law, and assuming that if the cops cared enough or were pissed at her for some reason, she could get arrested.

Similarly, my guess is that anyone here writing a book, for example, would also be breaking the law.  It would be a "perfect crime" unless the cops confiscated the manuscript and said "Ah ha! You despicable foreigner. This is a travel blog, not letters to your Aunt Martha!  Come quietly or do we have to mess you up?"

If my memory serves correctly, following the tsunami in 2004, some foreign volunteer aid workers were arrested (maybe told to go home and that they  could do volunteer work).  Can anyone confirm that?

No, they were not arrested, but warned that they could not do volunteer work without work permit.

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11 minutes ago, silver sea said:

 

 

 

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The Chinese man smiles and says: “Iceberg, Greenberg, Goldberg, Kornberg ......" 
 

I was prepared to not laugh at this, but the punchline cracked me up!

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This is really...  So perhaps best place to start is head to all the hotels and convention centers where many of the attendees and exhibitors are foreigners!  Business work and travel to some extent is part of this new world we live in....   Really inconceivable what they were thinking.

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54 minutes ago, Kolantaman said:

Reciprocal laws in the usa would see thousands of Thai restuarants close......darn foreigners taking away jobs......not.........

Not entirely true. I know the owners and staff of quite a few Thai restaurants in the US, and they all have obtained either US citizenship, or permanent resident status - both of which entitle them to work. You may see the occasional staff member who arrived on a tourist visa and went to work instead of returning home, but these are exceptions to the rule and essentially an immigration overstay issue as opposed to a work entitlement issue.

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this becomes a thin line between working as a photographer and taking photos. I work as a freelance writer and travel around Thailand on a tourist visa doing research and taking photos all the time, by the word of the law, that is illegal even though nothing I do is being paid for within Thailand. They are splitting hairs here, but we all know the law and how protective Thais, especially in the big tourist spots like Phuket are over their turf, dont do it out in the open. 

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6 minutes ago, Charis said:

This is really...  So perhaps best place to start is head to all the hotels and convention centers where many of the attendees and exhibitors are foreigners!  Business work and travel to some extent is part of this new world we live in....   Really inconceivable what they were thinking.

That is allowed.

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