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Koh Samui and the virus: Foreigners apologize for handout mistakes but remain undaunted

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1 hour ago, marko kok prong said:

While i agree about the lack of face masks and distancing,the main issue i feel is the local authorities lost face,and we all know how serious that can be.

I not think it like that.

 

if they social distance and wear mask, will be no problem. 

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well intentioned people failing due to lack of planning and organisation, they should have thought through the process of distributing the food. the authorities should have been contacted and asked to help.

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58 minutes ago, phetphet said:

I saw two long queues of what I presume were people queueing for food on Saturday afternoon. 

One coming out of the temple on the back road near Central (Wat Bundhakarrikam?) and the other on the airport road near the rubbish dump. Although a few were wearing masks, no one was  social distancing. Don't know whether they were Thai or foreign.

 

As long as it wasn't farang handing out the food, everything's fine.

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14 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

Agree with social distancing issue. But, police get involved? Xenophobia towards the migrants? Ridiculous way to approach this hunger problem.

Police are involed at Thai events as well, our local wat giving out food cops all around keeping order, nothing to do with xenophobia toward any group. 

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6 hours ago, JCP108 said:

So, if the lack of social distancing was the real problem and not the farangs handing out food, why not ask the migrant workers to come to the station for explanation/eduction? It was the farangs handing out the food who were called to the police station. 

They are the people who were incharge and the organizers, you guys will keep looking to complain about Thais. Just give it a break. There was aThai group handing out food around the moat in CM and yes the cops were there getting on to people to distance themselves and the organizer had people seperating the people in line. 

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I am no Thai apologist but this time I agree. There is zero social distancing and hardly any masks, I would assume not much hand washing with soap either. 

 

The idea is great but it needs to be done in the correct way. I would have throught these foreigners would have know how to enforce the social distancing. Very disappointing on their part. 

 

Look at what happened in Singapore and the vast increase in cases because of their terrible conditions they kept the migrants in there. 

 

Social distancing is key! 

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8 hours ago, samsensam said:

 

well intentioned people failing due to lack of planning and organisation, they should have thought through the process of distributing the food. the authorities should have been contacted and asked to help.

This ^

I seem to recall reading in the press and on this forum, that people wishing to give food and other assistance should do so through the local government agencies, who can coordinate the efforts and provide assistance in "social distancing" enforcement.

Not just foreigners, but charitable Thais, who have caused crowds of people to gather for food/cash handouts.

I do admire the people who are giving their time and money to help others but, without proper controls in place, they may be doing harm.

Perhaps the government and local authorities could do a better job of disseminating the message.

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On 4/22/2020 at 8:30 AM, Somtamnication said:

Agree with social distancing issue. But, police get involved? Xenophobia towards the migrants? Ridiculous way to approach this hunger problem.

Some of them look thai to me lol. Check the photo. Tbh thai people are even xenophobic agaisnt their own people so don’t expect much. I know thai people who tell me they’d not date thai people from outside bkk for instance. 
 

I bet u there’s more thai on that photo than Cambodia’s laos and Myanmar together. 
 

oh right on my condo there’s a lot of thai people doing picnics with their friends downstairs every day. So much for social distancing 😒

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23 hours ago, phetphet said:

I saw two long queues of what I presume were people queueing for food on Saturday afternoon. 

One coming out of the temple on the back road near Central (Wat Bundhakarrikam?) and the other on the airport road near the rubbish dump. Although a few were wearing masks, no one was  social distancing. Don't know whether they were Thai or foreign.

 

And another crowd which must have been in the high hundreds queueing in a field in the Ghost Road this afternoon. No distancing, and one policeman to keep order.

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21 hours ago, notasmartassknowitallfarag said:

I am no Thai apologist but this time I agree. There is zero social distancing and hardly any masks, I would assume not much hand washing with soap either. 

 

The idea is great but it needs to be done in the correct way. I would have throught these foreigners would have know how to enforce the social distancing. Very disappointing on their part. 

 

Look at what happened in Singapore and the vast increase in cases because of their terrible conditions they kept the migrants in there. 

 

Social distancing is key! 

The terrible conditions the migrant workers are kept in. ??????

Excuse me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall seeing the migrant workers in Thailand staying at the Hilton!

but rather tin shanty towns etc outside some of these projects.

but I'm sure they are sleeping 6 feet apart, wearing proper PPE, with sanitary cleaning facilities. Thank god the Thai government is taken care of these workers!

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On 4/22/2020 at 11:48 AM, LomSak27 said:
On 4/22/2020 at 11:19 AM, webfact said:

It was felt that a video of the charity presented Thailand in a bad light.

Social distancing ? Here is the real problem.  ..... dirty foreigners .... 

yeah accusing their smelly armpits that offended someone when they had at first needed to reach out too far

- so the people all came a bit closer

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Xenophobic BS.  Food is being handed out nationwide and there is no social distancing in virtually all the photos.  But if you're a farang?  Your bad, bad, bad. Amazing how Thailand actively looks for way to put foreigners in a bad light. 

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