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British expat and Hua Hin bar owner arrested on eight year overstay

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2 minutes ago, EricTh said:

Why the need for 90 days report and TM30 then if it is ineffective in tracing overstayers?

It's all about making money.

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4 hours ago, colinneil said:

There is a saying...Things come in threes !!

First money on the supermarket floor, now nearly 8 years overstay.

Wonder who will be number 3.:cheesy:

Me me ! My wife always tells me I am wrong.

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4 hours ago, PremiumLane said:

Why is it if you are a Brit, European or American you are an expat. If was from any other place he would be called an immigrant. 

 

Now, I wonder why? 😉 

You wonder what?  Are you wondering why you posted something that isn't anywhere near reality?

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4 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

Isn't that the rational behind TM30/90 day crackdowns, they can now, in theory, keep better track of over-stayers. Stories like this validates immigration getting tougher,  

contrary to your conclusion, all that overstayers have to do to get around the law, is "don't visit Immigration and do 90-day reports or TM30 registrations" 

 

The big joke is, if you never walk into any of their premises and avoid being in the middle of a bar-raid, you may even be able to live undetected for 20+ years

 

My respect for the old man . . he must have had nerves of steel. And the sad part is that he started to put himself in distress after his wife died. If a person starts to get depressive, he/she should get professional help

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

It's all about making money.

Oh you are cynical 🙂 

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2 minutes ago, crazygreg44 said:

contrary to your conclusion, all that overstayers have to do to get around the law, is "don't visit Immigration and do 90-day reports or TM30 registrations" 

 

The big joke is, if you never walk into any of their premises and avoid being in the middle of a bar-raid, you may even be able to live undetected for 20+ years

Just do not expect to take any possessions back after deported from IDC., when they catch you

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He may have saved money by not renewing his PP and not getting visas .

But it may cost him even more now , having to apply for a passport from IDC and losing everything in the bar 

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4 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

At least he will be home for the revote in a couple of years time🤔

I hope brexit doesn't push him over the edge.  At least here us Brits. can get away from it.

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3 hours ago, Traubert said:

I have heard it said that an expat has the intention of eventually going home and an immigrant doesn't.

 

However it has become common that expats are white and the rest are immigrants.

 

I'm an expat trying to be an immigrant.

 

Fairly successfully 

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5 hours ago, darksidedog said:

To run a bar and get away with such an overstay is quite impressive. I sympathise that his wife died, but if he still had sufficient wits about him to be able to keep a bar afloat since, then he should have also had the wits to sort his visa situation out. The end result of course, is that his way of life is now irrevocably ruined, as he will not be able to return for many a year.

Immigration may well not be as smart as they like to think, but sooner or later a persons luck does seem to run out.

It says his passport expired in 2011.  You have to wonder why he didn't renew it?  If he was wanted back in blighty and decided to stay under the radar then he wouldn't have much choice but to remain in Thailand.  Without a current passport he couldn't renew his visa.  Hard to travel with no passport.  Dodgy passports aren't that hard to get hold of in Thailand but good ones ain't cheap and running a beer bar isn't exactly a big money earner.

 

 

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I don't know what is going on, but today for the first time in 12 years i was asked for my passport  just to send a letter from Koh Samui to Sisaket. Unfortunately i did not have it so produced my Thai driving licence but was still refused. She told me "we have new program"

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