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14 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

I disagree. If the guy has a genuine issue then he has the right to publish it on all media outlets and sites to tell others of his issue. After all not everybody will go to all the sites of every hotel to find his review and therefore get a false impression.

 

The only issue the hotel can possibly take up is having him post multiple reviews about the same hotel under different names on the same sites. That I would agree with as being defamtion. Otherwise they are fair game in my opinion to a review of the person feeling aggrieved on all review sites.

 

Your viewpoint is he could only complain on the BBC rather than ITV, Channel 4, 5 ABC, FOX - which is inappropriate in my opinion

Oh well to say that the way the hotel uses its staff is modern slavery for you that's just a negative review?

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7 minutes ago, mrmicbkktxl said:

Are you from North Korea?A hotel sues a paying customer for defamation and the customer ends up in prison.This is a PR disaster.The hotel will be remembered for throwing customers into jail.If you get a bad review suck it up.Since these news are already around the world Thailand is again in hot water.A country what needs tourists to survive should not throw them into prison for bad reviews.It doesn't matter if the review was bs.The owner of the hotel is probably a greedy person and hopes he can press more money out of the tourist  with a lawsuit.Reviews for Thai businesses should be scraped as long people will receive a punishment for a bad review

One bad review, or multiple bad reviews on various websites doesn't seem to be the same.

 

  In times of COVID where customers have many choices, it hurts when somebody's upset that he wasn't allowed to drink his alcohol that wasn't from this place.

 

I wrote a negative review about a hotel in Bangkok, where many things were not as described online.

 

The service was non existent, the computer system didn't have my name and many other issues that made my stay very unpleasant.

 

The pool was merely 50 cm deep and the guests were very loud Indians.

 

I do not think that I'd be thrown in jail for my review as all was true and I didn't add something as a kind of revenge.

 

  And I believe that the American must have added stuff that wasn't true. 

 

    But I could be wrong. 

 

  

 

  

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An in the future everyone who left a negative review will end up in prison.Amazing Thailand

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Hey, come on now, he thinks the way he thinks as they think the way they think both think there right and no doubt they both are somewhat just as we think  that he the customer is right and other would say that the establishment are right. We all know that one should be allowed to and indeed be entitled to say what they want both parties that is, but the only way to find the exact happenings is CCTV which most likely doesn't confirm word for word so perhaps an agreement to apologise to each other and move on, simple I know but a good starting place. 

Take good care out there people. 

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7 minutes ago, steven100 said:

disagree ....  people reading any review will see right through this. He made a problem because he didn't want to pay the corkage,  not because of bad service or food or bad quality.

Folks will go with the good reviews as corkage has nothing to do with the product provided.

Get banged up for writing a bad review online or kill a cop whist drunk and coked up and spend not one second in jail. 
 

Yea, this seems fair in the broader context.  

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4 minutes ago, teacherclaire said:

One bad review, or multiple bad reviews on various websites doesn't seem to be the same.

 

  In times of COVID where customers have many choices, it hurts when somebody's upset that he wasn't allowed to drink his alcohol that wasn't from this place.

 

I wrote a negative review about a hotel in Bangkok, where many things were not as described online.

 

The service was non existent, the computer system didn't have my name and many other issues that made my stay very unpleasant.

 

The pool was merely 50 cm deep and the guests were very loud Indians.

 

I do not think that I'd be thrown in jail for my review as all was true and I didn't add something as a kind of revenge.

 

  And I believe that the American must have added stuff that wasn't true. 

 

    But I could be wrong. 

 

  

 

  

Even if the American added some bs to his review still you don't let paying customers end up in prison for a bad review.If people stop reviewing because they are afraid to end up in prison trip advisor can shut down.Trip advisor should help the American and take the hotel from their review list or better all Thai hotels

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14 hours ago, madmitch said:

The criminal defamation laws in Thailand are an absolute joke.

 

 

Writing in a public review in this hotel the way they treat their staff is like modern slavery is an absolute joke and logically may be considered defamation in most countries!

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14 hours ago, EricTh said:

I just went to Tripadvisor and looked at recent comments, it's all negative, did he have a few friends who created multiple accounts just to bad-mouthed that resort?

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g580110-d594766-Reviews-Sea_View_Resort_Spa_Koh_Chang-Ko_Chang_Trat_Province.html#REVIEWS

I just clicked on the link you gave. Almost all the recent reviews were highly positive (4's or 5's). I could only find two bad ones within the last year or so, one of which is obviously from the guy who is the subject of this thread.

 

Based on the comment at the top of the Tripadvisor page about reviews that were not based on personal experience, I think they may have removed some of the negative reviews as not meeting their criteria for being genuine reviews.

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9 minutes ago, steven100 said:

yes ..... he was probably half cut to begin with and refused the corkage charge, then puts misrepresentative reviews on websites because he was cheezed off.

He deserves the defamation suit.

Hang on there Steven I think you might have meant that just about everybody deserves a defamation suit as just about everybody is misrepresents stuff at one time or another and it's something we are taught to do from an early age and it's called lying.Imagine if everyone was hit with defamation suit,deserved or otherwise,every time they lied?Poor old judge would never rest.Imagine if Khun What's his name was arrested for all those unfulfilled promises he made the gaols would be full of politicians.

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Meh, I'm on the hotel's side on this one. You don't bring outside beverages to a restaurant without expressively asking for it beforehand, and if they deny you, you accept it without arguing. I doubt he would've been taken to court if he had posted a 1-star review with his actual experience rather than acting like a drama queen..

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1 minute ago, FarFlungFalang said:

Imagine if Khun What's his name was arrested for all those unfulfilled promises he made the gaols would be full of politicians.

And bar girls. If I had a baht for every time one sent me a Line message, "I love you long time". Yep, about 5 minutes until the next customer walks through the door.

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3 minutes ago, Myran said:

Meh, I'm on the hotel's side on this one. You don't bring outside beverages to a restaurant without expressively asking for it beforehand, and if they deny you, you accept it without arguing. I doubt he would've been taken to court if he had posted a 1-star review with his actual experience rather than acting like a drama queen..

I doubt he would have been taken to court in any other country in the world, especially not by the police. Beggars belief.

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