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Immigration's BMW "smart car" nabs snitched on overstaying Australian pensioner - he thought hiding in a country village would keep him safe

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9 minutes ago, TTSIssues said:

Doesn’t it make us all feel welcome here to know that the government encourage locals to spy on us and report us - just for seeing us wandering around, even if they have no idea who we are and whether we are here legally or not. Just horrific. 

You need to understand that this elderly gent went to a very small village and stuck out like a sore thumb.  Like all small villages around the world ... people react to strangers ... especially if the feel the stranger ... is acting ... strangely.  Gossiping and getting the authorities attention is as old as time ... relax 007 ... no one is "spying" on Foreigners who behave normally and have noting to hide.  Oh .. by the way ..he was in fact, breaking the law, buts let's not stub our toe on that little fact????

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7 hours ago, Timwin said:

Another farang stopped from spending his pension in Thailand. Congratulations! Good job! No wonder the tourism industry is in the toilet and getting deeper into <deleted>. 

Looks more like a broke farang to me. Why doesn't he have a proper O-A visa if he has the money? Over here in Malaysia, many are already complaining that the MM2H financial requirement was rather low. And yet we can see some farangs, presumably coming from richer countries, having problems raising the required pathetic 800k baht for a Thai retirement visa. Unbelievable. No wonder the Thai immigration had to do something about it.

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8 hours ago, bangkokequity said:

The Medical Hub Division had reported that there were 40 million foreign visitors to Thailand annually, and many sought treatment for ailments or injuries at public hospitals but failed to fully pay the bills, resulting in multi-million baht of debt.

 

The public health ministry has announced that it will provide training to public hospitals in touristy provinces including Chiang Mai, Phuket, Surat Thani, and Ubon Ratchathani to help them collect overdue fees from tourists. This latest measure has been introduced with the aim of reducing hospital debt.

Apart from offering training to relevant medical establishments, the department has also established central claim centers in Nonthaburi and at Suvarnabhumi airport, as well as pilot regional centers to follow up with foreigners whose payments were overdue.

And since this elderly gent was NOT in any system, because he "dropped out" ... he would be impossible to track if / when he skipped paying his bill.

 

Do you live in Thailand?  Because most people are aware of this ... my THAI friends sure do .. and they are fed up working, paying taxes, and having foreigners screw the system!!

 

Yes I live in Thailand and have done so for 20 years, do you? 

Your initial comment was expats, but seems you have the difference between expats and visitors very confused. 

Would add, that all expats I know pay their way. 

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On 2/16/2020 at 1:37 AM, sambum said:

Phew! Confused, and why so many "......."s"?

Yes, Point taken, I have reduced the !!!'s ... and I CAN reduce the ...."S ... the Buddhist number 3 .... but well what started out fun may YES have become a bit of a pain. ... I will have a go at Reducing them.

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On 2/15/2020 at 11:06 AM, ChipButty said:

To me it just shows he's not very smart he would stand out like a spare <deleted> at a wedding in sticky rice land he would be better off in a big city where he would just blend in, but then again he is an Aussie.

Hope the person who grassed him up feels a lot better now could have been a fellow Aussie

Aussies don’t grass

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8 minutes ago, fdbob said:

Hope the person who grassed him up feels a lot better now could have been a fellow Aussie

Could also have been any person of any nationality in the village, or anyone passing through who knew a resident

We know it was not the sick buffalo as he does not have a smart phone or even a dumb one

Edited by RJRS1301

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6 hours ago, Artisi said:

Yes I live in Thailand and have done so for 20 years, do you? 

Your initial comment was expats, but seems you have the difference between expats and visitors very confused. 

Would add, that all expats I know pay their way. 

Nice piece of hair splitting ... could it be that since the Foreigner has left the hospital, and skipped the bill ... WITHOUT A TRACE they just lump them all as "visitors?"  Anyway, this elderly gentleman is neither a "visitor" or an Expat ... he is an outlaw.  And yes, I live in The Kingdom, and have for a very long time.  What may make us different is I am "living the dream" ... have never been more grateful and happy ... and will end my days in Thailand.  I appreciate the opportunity to emigrate here, with very little hassle, and a reasonable financial bar to meet. I grow weary with the daily dump Thai Visa takes on The Kingdom and the People who ALLOW us to live here.  I used to get angry, now I just pity the spineless jellyfish that washed up on the beach, and has neither the means, motivation, or spine to pack up and head to places that are "so much better than Thailand." All they have the power to do is gather in a flock every day, and cry like helpless babies.  Funny ... really!  555!

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Hmmm, my money would have been on the kangaroo over a rat any day, but hey, we're in LOS.  Brown envelopes and well greased rats rule the roost...

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