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32 minutes ago, Suradit69 said:

Ah yes. The " I didn't know it was loaded" defense.

 

If a foreigner were found in most farang countries without a valid visa/permission to stay, would they pat him on the back and say " Have a nice day?" 

Most would listen to a reason!!!!!! Even African countries.

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7 hours ago, bangkokfrog said:

Am I missing something? All this fuss over a 10 day overstay?

No Visa= no overstay. Without Visa he stay Illegal in Thailand!

Edited by ujayujay

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20 minutes ago, Centra said:

We don't get stamps in Australia. If thats the case why when I leave Bangkok get stamp then into Sydney no stamp, then back to Bangkok no questions.

Last time i looked i did not see Australia as a country i could enter from thailand over a land border.

 

 

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Just shocking what some foreigners try to get away with!! All the drug probs, murders, rapes, road tolling Thailand,  pall to insignificance, after Ken Dirac was finallybrought to justice by 5 upstanding Police Officers!!  Pathetic really!!!  

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7 hours ago, Estrada said:

I had this problem once. Flew to Singapore for a meeting in the airport transit area with a friends transiting through Singapore Airport. Neither of us entered Singapore but I exited Thailand. They gave my agro at Immigration because they said I must enter the other country. (Thai logic). I remember years ago a friend used to go to a border crossing, get stamped out and then go to the the end of the building and get stamped back in again. It seems like there are people still using this system. I do not believe that there is anything in the regulations that stated you have to enter another country after receiving an exit stamp.

 

The regulation is whatever they say it is. Try asking to see where it's written in law that you have to enter another country and see how far you get. If they say it is so, it is so.

I've been tempted to just exit Thailand at Mukdahan and cross the road to come back (saving the $35 Lao visa fee), but that would upset the uniforms. As far as they are concerned, you not only have to leave the country for no reason at all other than you (in my case) have lived with your wife for the 90 days allowed, but you have to enter another country too. Even if only for five minutes.

It is ludicrous, pathetic, utterly pointless and without logic, but it is the way they like to operate. It gives them a feeling of power. Its only purpose is to show that they are in control. There can be no other reason.

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If he was Chinese, instead of American, he would have been excused - by both the Thais and the foreigners on this forum. 

 

I mean, it's not like he squatted in the middle of a Thai street and and took a giant dump in front of God and everyone...Oh that's right, Chinese are excused for that and not even arrested. 

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56 minutes ago, Suradit69 said:

Their mandate is to deal with immigrations matters not whatever seems more interesting when they come to work some mornings.

 

Possibly in your country meter maids are sometimes assigned to tackle surveillance of possible terrorists if that seems more important than parking in a no parking zone?

you give those guys the thumbs up.

The story was not even news worthy.

Get him, Get Him, Get all of them. 

 

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53 minutes ago, overherebc said:

UK same.

Don't even need a passport in Dover anymore, just turn up on the beach with hand out and smart phone in the other.

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1 hour ago, moe666 said:

In the end we all know at present they are clamping down on every infraction, why give them an excuse to clamp down on you easier to just follow the rules and keep your nose clean.

 

Easier said than done... Wait till they start kicking us out for not reporting the TM30 on time..

 

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8 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

  We don't know why he didn't cross the bridge, could he have some personal issues? But that doesn't seem to matter, does it? 

 

  

Funny that I never see these statements when a Thai commits a crime.

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Always amazes me how immigration can sort out all of those chops & stamps all a way to avoid computer accountability. There must be warehouses loaded with paperwork to the ceilings.  

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Some years ago I stamped out at Nong Khai stamped into Lao accidentally walked round without stamping out of Lao got the bus back to Nong Khai where the IO pointed this out to me had to get the bus back to Lao to stamp out before could stamp back in at Nong Khai. 

lf you've got something on your mind it's easy enough to make a mistake. 

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