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"Orders from above" - Jomtien massage vendors arrested after failing to pay for New Year party

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Reminds me of good old days when some countries moved to capitalism:
market cubicle rent against invoice say 1 $;
plus voluntary insurance premium say 99 $.
Those that refuse to pay more than 1 $
have a statistically significantly higher fire hazard in their cubicle. 
something like 100 % probability within two months.

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6 hours ago, keith101 said:

Idont know if i am understanding this properly but these people were arrested for not paying what sounds like a bribe to Municipal officers ?

You are misunderstanding the post completely.

These people were arrested for not giving out new year gifts valued at 20,000 baht as expected.

Municipality Officials do not except bribes !

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8 hours ago, rooster59 said:

77kaoded reported that a group of traditional Thai massage operators on Jomtien beach were arrested after failing to pay for a new year treat for "tessakit" (municipal officers).

Another normal day in Pattaya... 😉

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1 hour ago, KKr said:

Reminds me of good old days when some countries moved to capitalism:
market cubicle rent against invoice say 1 $;
plus voluntary insurance premium say 99 $.
Those that refuse to pay more than 1 $
have a statistically significantly higher fire hazard in their cubicle. 
something like 100 % probability within two months.

I haven't watched "The Godfather" since moving to Thailand. 'Godfather under coconut trees' is way more entertaining... 🙂

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I know a government department here in Phuket that shall remain nameless sorry I mean shameless who want Half a baht of Gold every new year from everybody and they call you up to ask for it

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These arrests probably won't get to the courts, but obviously anything is possible around here.

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20 hours ago, keith101 said:

Idont know if i am understanding this properly but these people were arrested for not paying what sounds like a bribe to Municipal officers ?

Absolutely, graft, the rich people in a position of power putting the squeeze on fairly poor people. When I was a lowly factory worker at Christmas the company gave US gifts! 

Not only is it wrong, it is mandated!

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19 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Get it right, it's a Treat

Did they misspell threat? I.e. Pay up or else. 

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On February 1, 2019 at 9:20 PM, fruitman said:

Nope that's impossible because mr Prayuth is eradicating corruption.....it must be a misunderstanding.

Sure, that is why he appointed the son of ChonBuri mafia Godfather Somchai Khunpluem as Pattaya mayor recently. 

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On 2/2/2019 at 10:11 AM, keith101 said:

Idont know if i am understanding this properly but these people were arrested for not paying what sounds like a bribe to Municipal officers ?

Read the article 3 times and still can't make heads or tails of it...

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16 minutes ago, LazySlipper said:

Read the article 3 times and still can't make heads or tails of it...

The Thessakij is the enforcement arm of the local municipality. It is their responsibility to arrest illegal vendors. Just as in any country, you cannot set up your business on the pavement or sidewalk or beach. It is illegal.

 

However, the Thessakij here operate a different business model. Rather than arrest illegal vendors, it "rents" out pavement space or the right to hawk goods in a specific area in return for cash payments. It is very lucrative. You can imagine how lucrative it is to sell goods and services on a beach full of tourists. With no competition and a cartel that fixes prices!!

 

When the Thessakij take the cash, they usually pass it off as a payment to the Social Club or New Year Party rather than calling it an illegal pay-off. It's a bit of window-dressing.

 

This year, one group of vendors is refusing to pay the bribe as it is too high. Remarkably this story has found its way into the public domain despite the obvious illegality of the actions of all concerned.

 

I hope this makes it clear.

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On 2/2/2019 at 3:03 AM, rooster59 said:

failing to pay for New Year party

A bit early to pay for a NY party, unless the officers are Chinese.

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