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Suvarnabhumi Airport Horror Story !

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What happen to all that Sawsdee (smile and be polite)training the Airport Staff went to a few months ago?? I wonder, just another case of show a good face. :o

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Just one question.

Was he sober or drunk? He's hardly going to post "He I was drunk, got abusive, and the police pulled a gun on me" isn't he.

Learn to read between the lines plse.

onzestan

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I am a non-drinker - nothing stronger than Iced Coffee or orange juice for me.

Peter

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this is like a non event.

if they shot this guy then we would have something to chat about...............lol.

about translating between languages. we are in thiland we should learn to speak their language not them to speak ours..............lol.

god i love this place!

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Would be interested to know what the OP means by "gun pulled on me". Did the officer simply unholster his weapon and hold it at his side, or did he assume a firing stance and point his weapon at you?

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Peter: I don't think you would have posted this unless the experience upset you. Perhaps a language barrier issue is also involved.

My Aussie son-in-law left a message on my answering machine in Hawaii, before I met him, which included what I thought was a Russian word, godanya, turned out to be "good on you", in English.

Perhaps it is helpful to consider what might have happened, as it happened to my Thai mate returning from Australia through the new airport in November. When he turned from his baggage cart to the carousel to see if his bag had arrived and when he turned back, wallet, passport and all travel documents gone. He told police it was a matter of seconds.

They told him there were gangs of "foreign" illegal criminals working the new airport.

Edited by ProThaiExpat

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Would be interested to know what the OP means by "gun pulled on me". Did the officer simply unholster his weapon and hold it at his side, or did he assume a firing stance and point his weapon at you?

Surely only a policeman or a seasoned criminal would know this. If someone pulls agun out you are going to worry.

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The Officer removed his gun from his holster and pointed the weapon at the ground.

I have worked in Law Enforcement and one never removes a weapon from its holster unless one is prepared to use it.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing: Looking back - what I should have done is quietly exit the queue, apologise if necessary and retrace my steps back to the Money Exchange.

I think uttering the words "I have lost my Passport" set off alarm bells in the head of the Passport Control Officer.

Peter

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Peter,

I will be the first on the forum to appologize to YOU. For someone to say that you might have been drunk is absolutly rediculous.

As often as I see Thai police or officials in uniform having a sit down to a few glasses of whiskey I would say that there would be a good case for the immigration guy being drunk. :o

PS I dont know Peter but I think it is really poor taste to accuse or harrass anyone who post a very typical story of offical abuse in a THIRD WORLD country.

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Something tells me you have been to Thailand before and knew it would be virtualy impossible to get anyone to retrieve your passport with out offering to pay them.

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They are called immigration officers. They do not FETCH!

He made the mistake of not quietly leaving the que and going back to get his passport (which he has admitted in a later post BTW).

"I will be the first on the forum to appologize to YOU. For someone to say that you might have been drunk is absolutly rediculous.

As often as I see Thai police or officials in uniform having a sit down to a few glasses of whiskey I would say that there would be a good case for the immigration guy being drunk. mad.gif

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And should one of us apologize to all thai officials for you assuming the immigration officer was drunk? :D Don't be a tosser. Don't accuse some immigration officer of being drunk on the job if you find it so offensive directed at some poster on a web forum. Besides the fact that you were not there and have no basis to make such an assumption.

And it's still not a horror story.

If you have so little regard for all thais...................................., well you know the line.

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Admittedly I've only been through thai immigration a few dozen times, but I've managed to get a respectful and pleasant enough response from the employees there. A little secret for you: be courteous and smile at THEM for a change! They just might surprise you and respond inkind.

That and don't do stupid stuff and try to bribe an immigration officer? :o

~WISteve

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