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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 19:56
Guderian

Accosted by police thugs

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I arrived back at Swampy early on Friday evening after a great business class flight with Oman Air. Happy as a lark, I was a bit non-plussed when I went through the Fastrack immigration section and after trying to interpret what the IO was saying in her Benny Hill Chinglish I had my finger and thumb prints taken for the first time. I assume this is the new normal at Swampy.

Anyway, still feeling reasonably content I collected my two suitcases and went through customs. No problems there, just two guys on duty, one of whom was fiddling with his telephone and the other was busy checking the luggage of a youngish Asian (probably Thai) lady, which seems to be their favoured demographic.

I always meet my taxi driver at the same place above gate 8 so off I set, but some young Thai spiv stepped in my way claiming to be a police officer and saying I should go with him. I told him where to get off, my mood definitely having taken a turn for the worse and marched on, only to be accosted by two more thuggish looking types claiming to be cops. They had some sort of ID badge but no official police ID that I could tell and were in plain clothes. I was in no mood to play these silly games and was getting very impatient, not to say annoyed. I mean, I’ve been using Swampy several times a year ever since the place opened and have never had more trouble than somebody pestering me to use their taxi-limo.

I think they could see that I was soon going to lose my rag as the older one said they were checking on cigarettes and alcohol. I pointed to my Heathrow airport duty free bag with one bottle of champagne in it and told them I don’t smoke so I have no cigarettes, and after a cursory glance they said that’s fine, go, go. I think they were scared I was going to have ago at one of them as I’m quite a big guy, over 90 kg, and I was clenching my fists I was getting so angry at this nonsense.

My taxi driver said they were just rogue cops trying to extort money from innocent tourists, but having lived here for 15 years I don’t fall into that category. He told me I should report it to TAT or AoT, what do you think? I’d like to think they might do something to keep these corrupt elements away from tourists, but I have little confidence that they’d actually take some positive action. Is it worth wasting my time on it?

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Yes report it...they should have it all on CCTV

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Sounds like you you were met by excise and not police. Black coats if I remember.

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2 minutes ago, Farma said:

Sounds like you you were met by excise and not police. Black coats if I remember.

 

Nope, just plain clothes, and they said police, no mention of customs or excise.

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You didn't lose anything apart from a bit of time, and patience. Move on.

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Yep, they are legit, no point in clenching your fists and getting angry - that's totally the wrong behaviour.  They didn't let you go because they were scared of you - you showed them your duty free, they saw there were no cigarettes or excessive alcohol, they let you go.  That's it, move on, get on with your day.

 

It's only happened to me once; after customs, in plain clothes, asked if I had cigarettes in my duty free - I showed them the bag (chocolates), they said thank you and waved me on my way.

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On 6/26/2019 at 10:10 AM, Guderian said:

after trying to interpret what the IO was saying in her Benny Hill Chinglish

 

On 6/26/2019 at 10:10 AM, Guderian said:

some young Thai spiv stepped in my way claiming to be a police officer and saying I should go with him. I told him where to get off

 

On 6/26/2019 at 10:10 AM, Guderian said:

I think they were scared I was going to have ago at one of them as I’m quite a big guy, over 90 kg, and I was clenching my fists I was getting so angry

 

On 6/26/2019 at 10:10 AM, Guderian said:

cops trying to extort money from innocent tourists, but having lived here for 15 years I don’t fall into that category

IDK, but perhaps you should try some of the blue pills (valium), and maybe learn some thai instead of complaining about Immi Officers "Benny Hill Chinglish".

 

Just a thought.

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storm in a tea cup, life is too short, move on, you dealt with it, make a report if it helps you sleep better.

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Well that's 2 minutes of my life I will never get back. A complete non story.

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''I think they were scared I was going to have ago at one of them as I’m quite a big guy, over 90 kg, and I was clenching my fists I was getting so angry at this nonsense'

 

 

Hahaha. Utterly hilarious. No offense but scary guys don't get home and report to a bunch of strangers on the internet that he was picked on by a couple of bods, and a scary guy certainly wouldn't call an airport 'swampy'.

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ooooooh all of 90kg guy clenches his fist - lol I'm proper scared now 🤔

 

Try that at Heathrow, Sydney or any US mainsteam airport and observe a 70kg guy reminding you who's boss (but then perhaps bullets bounce off you as well?)

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If you came by Oman air you should be used to OTT security 4 shake downs in transit appalling place🤔

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