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Japanese restaurant fined Bt50,000 for promoting alcohol

By The Nation




A Japanese restaurant has warned other food businesses to be on their guard after it was caught out by Thailand’s strict law on promoting alcohol.


Police were called to Ai ToMoE restaurant in Chiang Mai after being notified it was promoting beer in its Bt499 buffet menu, according to the restaurant’s July 22 Facebook post.


Police arrested the chef, named Boy, and fined him Bt50,000 for the beer promotion.


“All restaurant friends, please be careful of all advertisements,” warned the chef's Facebook post.


“Images of drinks or even photos of alcohol in the menu are illegal. See me as a sample case.”


The restaurant said it was trying to pay the police fine so it could continue operating.


Stricter enforcement of the law has led the arrest of several people recently, including famous Thai actors who were charged with violating Section 32 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.


The law prohibits the promotion of alcoholic drinks or stimulating the thirst for drinks via discounts.


Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391755



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Bizarre and totally pathetic !

It is these draconian and sanctimonious laws which are then enforced with a puritan levels of hypocrisy which completely destroys attitudes towards Thailand...    With each news report such

Must be a pure coincidence that this law started getting enforced again when all the other money/fines going to the police started drying up.

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10 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

ridiculous policy; beer-making-at-home big business grower these days

Have they legalised homebrew ?

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18 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Such nonsense. By an administration that is so misled. And instead of real policy, what do we end up with? 


An utter and complete unwillingness to tackle the scams, and corruption in general, or the traffic and public safety issues, the lack of a competent and effective police force, that foreigners and locals can count on, when they need them.


The environmental issues, and so many other causes, are all having an impact on tourism.

The inept military government, who nobody likes, and most people despise, haphazard and xenophobic immigration policy, meant to deter tourism, and ex-pats, rather than encourage them, racist ranting from the government, often directed at tourists and ex-pats and a nonsensical nationalistic agenda, that is pure politics.

He broke the law and copped a fine, why does this upset you so much ?

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Just now, billd766 said:

It uipsets me because it ia a stupid and pointless law that achieves nothing towards reconciliation of the Thai people.


It is not a problem for me as I quit drinking alcohol on 1st June this year even though I still have plenty in the house.

What does reconciliation have to do with it ?


Its a law thats been around for a while, the big players know about it and promote in other ways.

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2 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

When laws are totally inane, and lacking in any sort of real substance, how do they serve society? This law is akin to the pixelation of nudity in the cinema or of someone smoking a cigarette. How does that change, improve or affect anything? It is based entirely on false morality and a sort of shrill prudisness, and in no manner contributes to society or benefits the social fabric. 


Clear enough? 

Great, so you agree he broke the law and was punsished accordingly, not sure why all the butthurt.


speaking of butthurt I got 8 speeding fines in the mail yesterday, such an inane law lacking any sort of real substance that does not change, improve or affect anything.... I should make a thread crying about it.

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11 hours ago, YetAnother said:

ridiculous policy; beer-making-at-home big business grower these days

Home brewing is illegal in Thailand. I know this as an avid home brewer who was keen, but unable to continue my hobby when I arrived here.

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9 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:



Thailand faces major crime issues, theft, drugs etc... attacking these soft targets is nothing more than a money grab - anyone with half a brain can see straight through this. 




Right, so people should be able to get away with flaunting laws that are not major crimes then.


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