Jump to content
BANGKOK 19 August 2019 09:41
atyclb

BTS demanded passport to top up pass card

Recommended Posts

18 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

there are reports of farang being asked for passport in Tesco Lotus when buying groceries.

Yes and a completed TM30 if they return to the store after traveling out of province. :cheesy:

Edited by possum1931

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I showed them a photo of my passport I had on my phone. They did not ask about the photoshopping that may or may not have occurred after the photo was taken.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/13/2019 at 2:17 PM, meand said:

i have heard you can top up the cards at mcdonalds, no passport. is this true? have not tried it yet. 

No passport is needed at the BTS either after you have registered it.  Why would anyone, except the deliberately awkward and those with something to hide, have a problem registering with a document (PP) that the authorities already have seen?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, ThaiBunny said:

Because they don't want someone tracking their movements, obviously. I'd have thought with all the hoo-hah about Facebook and Google monetising our personal data the old "if you've got nothing to hide" mindless retort would have disappeared by now

"...mindless retort..."?

 

What have Google and FB got to do with the BTS, exactly? 

 

By registering with the BTS, using your passport details that the authorities, obviously, already have, how are they in a better position to track you, the paranoid?  And why would you be bothered about your movements being tracked if you have nothing to hide?  Do you really think that if any agency wanted to track you they couldn't do it until you registered your Rabbit card?  What a joke.

 

By the way, you need to be a bit careful with the "mindless retort" flame/personal attack, particularly in view of the content of your comment to me, maybe you're not au fait with the forum rules?

  • Confused 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have topped up my card a couple of times in the past month, never been asked for ID or passport. Simply hand over card with 1,000 THB note and ask them to top it up... No problem. Both at Thonglor BTS.

 

This is an orange Rabbit card if people are talking about different cards.

 

Out of interest why would you top up with just 100 THB? Thats what 3.5 trips?

 

Also someone talking about linking this with TM30 is a complete retard.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, smutcakes said:

I have topped up my card a couple of times in the past month, never been asked for ID or passport. Simply hand over card with 1,000 THB note and ask them to top it up... No problem. Both at Thonglor BTS.

 

This is an orange Rabbit card if people are talking about different cards.

 

Out of interest why would you top up with just 100 THB? Thats what 3.5 trips?

 

Also someone talking about linking this with TM30 is a complete retard.

That's the same for everyone who has registered their card, as you must have done also, unless they have made an exemption from the law for you. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Just Weird said:

"...mindless retort..."?

 

What have Google and FB got to do with the BTS, exactly? 

 

By registering with the BTS, using your passport details that the authorities, obviously, already have, how are they in a better position to track you, the paranoid?  And why would you be bothered about your movements being tracked if you have nothing to hide?  Do you really think that if any agency wanted to track you they couldn't do it until you registered your Rabbit card?  What a joke.

 

By the way, you need to be a bit careful with the "mindless retort" flame/personal attack, particularly in view of the content of your comment to me, maybe you're not au fait with the forum rules?

Paranoia aside, one only needs to watch the YouTube videos regarding China's digital authoritarianism, to send chills down your spine. So, while registering for the BTS card may seem like a small detail, it is these small steps that lead to giant leaps into the reality of China. I do not expect Thailand to follow that extreme path, but history shows it is better to resists these small steps earlier rather than later.

 

My biggest fear is that China will offer to export their frightening technology to other nations, and some governments will all-to-happily snap it up. I can imagine the military here getting a chubby thinking about the possibilities.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, smutcakes said:

I have topped up my card a couple of times in the past month, never been asked for ID or passport. Simply hand over card with 1,000 THB note and ask them to top it up... No problem. Both at Thonglor BTS.

 

This is an orange Rabbit card if people are talking about different cards.

 

Out of interest why would you top up with just 100 THB? Thats what 3.5 trips?

 

Also someone talking about linking this with TM30 is a complete retard.

 

just usually go short distances and not very often on bts

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Just Weird said:

That's the same for everyone who has registered their card, as you must have done also, unless they have made an exemption from the law for you. 

Well the OP signaled that he was asked for passport just for topping up, something he has been doing for years.....

 

Incidentally i dont think i have ever been asked or been required to provide my passport here other than by immigration when doing visas or with work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The registration system does seem a bit flaky. We have members who have been asked several times so I see no reason why the opposite should not be true.

 

Please note that the registrations are NOT handled or requested by BTS, it's the Rabbit provider (BSS) who are managing registrations.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, smutcakes said:

Well the OP signaled that he was asked for passport just for topping up, something he has been doing for years.....

 

Incidentally i dont think i have ever been asked or been required to provide my passport here other than by immigration when doing visas or with work.

"Well the OP signaled that he was asked for passport just for topping up, something he has been doing for years....."

Of course he has, the legislation was only introduced this year so everyone has been able to top up without registering until recently.

 

"Incidentally i dont think i have ever been asked or been required to provide my passport here other than by immigration when doing visas or with work".

If you've topped up your card since 15th February this year you will have needed to show your passport, or other acceptable ID, just once to register it, every Rabbit card holder has had to do it, even if you claim that you have never had to do it.  Subsequent top-ups don't need ID because your card is then registered.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/15/2019 at 2:25 PM, ThaiBunny said:
On 8/15/2019 at 2:21 PM, Just Weird said:

No passport is needed at the BTS either after you have registered it.  Why would anyone, except the deliberately awkward and those with something to hide, have a problem registering with a document (PP) that the authorities already have seen?

Because they don't want someone tracking their movements, obviously. I'd have thought with all the hoo-hah about Facebook and Google monetising our personal data the old "if you've got nothing to hide" mindless retort would have disappeared by now

 

 

 

absolutely agree and since ANYONE can buy plastic fare tokens with cash no questions asked why should the fare card be any different?????????

Edited by atyclb
  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Just Weird said:

"Well the OP signaled that he was asked for passport just for topping up, something he has been doing for years....."

Of course he has, the legislation was only introduced this year so everyone has been able to top up without registering until recently.

 

"Incidentally i dont think i have ever been asked or been required to provide my passport here other than by immigration when doing visas or with work".

If you've topped up your card since 15th February this year you will have needed to show your passport, or other acceptable ID, just once to register it, every Rabbit card holder has had to do it, even if you claim that you have never had to do it.  Subsequent top-ups don't need ID because your card is then registered.

I have never had to show my ID. I top up every other month or so, so probably 3 times since 15th Feb. Maybe i have just been lucky and the staff lazy and one of these next times i will need to show.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you have a mobile phone "The Government" already have a far better tracking device than any payment card (even without a "Tourist SIM").

 

If you are that worried get the missus / GF / BF to register your card. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...