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1 hour ago, Don Mega said:

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

 

Hopefully you know what people are talking about here if you dont well no hope for you. Everybody knows that this was illegal but the over the top fine and reaction with how the Police dealt with it was to extreme when compared to other laws that directly affect Thai people. How does displaying beer on a menu really cause harm when their are a lot of serious offences not policed. The law should be repealed or fines much lower.

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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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Making a law against promoting alcohol, and tobacco, and actually enforcing that law. I fail to see why the negative replies. There are equally anti tobacco and anti alcohol laws in many western countries that are equally strictly enforced. Is there no end to the Thailand hate of all these negative forum farangs?

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Any of these morons aware that the internet is also being accessed OUTSIDE Thailand?

The alcohol laws of Thailand stipulate:
- no alcohol sale to anyone below 20 years of age, to be checked if questionable (ok with me)

- no alcohol sale before 11am, between 2pm and 5pm and after 10pm until 11am next morning *
- no alcohol sale on Buddhist days (only Buddhist country in the world, by the way, with such a law) *

- no alcohol sale as of 6pm prior to an election day until 12pm of the election day *
- no alcohol advertising whatsoever, incl. beer coolers and illuminated bar decoration lights *

* complete absence of common sense and no clue, what funny purpose these laws have, except allowing the police to collect non-receiptable fines again. 

So, Thai Beverage and Boonrawd must be delighted over this but, as we are in Thailand, the nice thing is that any booze is available 24/7 irrespective of whatever the government circus' clowns in Bangkok say. Wine sales must be dead as most wines need a description beyond the grape and the growing area to educate Khon Thai that slurping Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape 1954 might not be quite the way and Chateau Petrus is not used to gargle either 😉 

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Is it possible that the idea might be to gradually change the populations attitude to drinking.  You never know, if there is less promotion then maybe other good things might follow.  You know like a reduction in the road carnage so many often complain about and reference the lack of action by the authorities. It has to start somewhere. Just saying

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14 hours ago, Don Mega said:

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

Because it’s a deeply corrupt law written by the lawyers for Thai Bev and delivered to Parliament for a rubber stamp (true) designed to protect them. You’ll note that massive advertising for Singha and Chang “water” exists everywhere. 

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10 minutes ago, herwin1234 said:

Making a law against promoting alcohol, and tobacco, and actually enforcing that law. I fail to see why the negative replies.

Because that is not why the law exists. It is there to kill competition to the big breweries. 

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14 hours ago, champers said:

Don't you just love the Chang ad of all those lads round the telly watching the football drinking Chang water? Yes, water, like you do.

I just don't understand why Chang and Singha spend sooo much money adverting soda water.

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15 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

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

I am sure many of the big restaurant chains have photos of beer bottles in the "Drinks" section of their menus. Is that illegal?

If so what about the restaurants that sell wine? Most have photos of all the wines available.

 

 

15 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

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

That makes "happy hours" illegal. In fact I think they disappeared when the law first came into effect, but are of course so common now.

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