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      Im 64 years old, retired from USA, and just moved to Bangkok a month ago. Im renting a condo in a high rise building 37 floors, Yesterday early afternoon the realtor that found the condo for me called me. He started rambling off about the lady who I spoke to on the elevator in the morning is going to the police about what I said to her. He said the building manager called him to come down to the building. I said to the realtor I spoke to no woman in the morning. And when I took the elevator to the lobby there was no one on the elevator with me. I told the realtor I will meet him and the building manager in the lobby.

     The building manager who is Thai and speaks English kept talking to the realtor in Thai. I was told by the realtor that I made inappropriate comments to a woman on the elevator. That I told her she was dressed like a hooker, I asked her if she was a hooker, and I got very close to her. And she was going to the police. Supposedly this woman is Thai and she lives in the building.

     I told the realtor and the manager they were both nuts. And I was calling the American Embassy. I said to them that there are cameras in the elevators. I said I want to see the video of me and this woman in the elevator. The manager then said something in Thai to the realtor and disappeared. The manager then returns with the goofy smile she usually has and says she looked at the video. She said the man in the elevator with the woman is not me. And she was acting like its a big joke. 

    I asked why wasn't the video looked at first before I was accused and faced all these people. The manager claims the woman reported the incident to the lobby guard. The man was described as an "old farang". So the guard thought it was me. I again asked why wasn't the video looked at first before I was accused. The manager then said a different guard looked at the video. And thought the man looked like me.

     What kind of BS is this? Either it is me or it isn't me. So a guard looks at the video and says its me. Then the building manager looks at the video herself and confirms its not me? Why didn't the manager look at the video first before having me involved? Then the first guard involved comes over to me and starts that bowing thing. I guess as an apology.

      Should I contact the management company headquarters to file a complaint? I called the American Embassy in Bangkok. They said I can email a report to them. But maybe it will just be a waste of time.

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Possibly they were working from memory as you were not stood in front them and just thought it was you from memory.

 

The moment you were stood in front of them it was clearly not you. Simple mistake, nothing more dramatic than that.

 

 

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Many years ago I had to go up to London Thai Embassy to get my son registered dual nationality. I had to make a phone call as I do not carry a mobile. Made the call, no problem. Came out of the booth and there is two coppers stood there waiting for me. "Can we look in your bag, please sir". Now naturally taken back and thrown by this I felt slightly aggrieved and aggressive about it - bit like the poster of this post. "I said OK,no problem" - it is there job after all. Coppers get a look at my paperback and lunch, smile and ask if i want a copy of their stop and search, I say no, I just want to know why they wanted to look. their response "We thought you might be putting up escort cards in the phone boxes !!" My point is don;t get too worried about silly stupid things, they happen, if your innocent just stand your corner and put it behind you. Remember - you are not the only old farang in Thailand !

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You got a bow, or an apology, which is quite remarkable! Well done. I've never had that from any Thai person, ever.

 

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Many years ago I was surprised when an agitated bloke turned up unannounced making a lot of noise & with his arms going like an Olympic swimmer. In short something had happened involving a foreigner and a motorbike and as I am one (& owned the other) some b****** pointed the finger at me.

As i & the bike weren't damaged he buggered off leaving us none-the-wiser as to what had occurred. 

With hindsite this was mildly amusing, but the mob-handedness of his arrival mirrors the experience of the OP.

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