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48 minutes ago, Kaopad999 said:

You could be right... 

My VPN says I am in Denver, but of course we know that is wrong.

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3 minutes ago, Kaopad999 said:

No one is saying that it's fair that the red bull son got away with what he did, and i'm sure most people here will agree with that . But, it's also not fair to go out your way to damage the good reputation of a business using multiple fake accounts,  just because you couldn't get your own way. It's childish, extremely disrespectful, and potentially very damaging to someones livelihood.  I would have taken exactly the same steps if it were my business. 
And just to set the record straight, this was NOT just one negative review, but rather a multitude of personal attacks. 

So it’s a civil case. How a civil case ends up with someone in jail is ridiculous. 
 

You sue successfully if you can prove they’re lying and have lost you money. 
 

 

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5 minutes ago, johnmcc6 said:

A friend of mine along with several other expat unit owners complained by letter to management about burned out lights in corridors and dirty elevators. They got sued for defamation implying the manager was incompetent. End result. They each had to pay the offended manager 5000 baht to make it go away. Plus some legal fees. Thailand is not like where you came from.

That sounds extremely harsh, if as you say it was a private matter between them and the hotel and they did not make it public. 

 

But....... extract from Section 330, Thai Criminal Code. "the truth is not a defence for private matters that are not of benefit to the public." 

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16 minutes ago, polpott said:

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.

Yes bar girls are lying or is the word "wallet" to be naturally assumed as in "I love you wallet or ATM card long time"?It's also assumed said wallet or card is always easily accessible. 

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3 minutes ago, Kaopad999 said:

No one is saying that it's fair that the red bull son got away with what he did, and i'm sure most people here will agree with that . But, it's also not fair to go out your way to damage the good reputation of a business using multiple fake accounts,  just because you couldn't get your own way. It's childish, extremely disrespectful, and potentially very damaging to someones livelihood.  I would have taken exactly the same steps if it were my business. 

"and potentially very damaging to someones livelihood. "

That sounds good, and it is an interesting theory (or excuse), but I wonder how real it is. What is this "damage," exactly?  Were not the resort as well as other readers free to post corrections, rebuttals, and share their own positive experiences? Are readers really so stupid as to be swayed by negative comments that obviously have no merit and are coming from a disgruntled guest?

As I said in other posts, my guess is that in the end, this is not gong to go well for the resort, no matter how indignant an damaged they believe themselves to be.  

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15 hours ago, Jack Hna said:

That's one hell of a corkage charge now. That leo from 711 just became one of the most expensive beers ever. 

 

Corkage is expensive, IME, usually, where ever you want it. Certainly used to be in the UK.

 

500 ThB seems reasonable. Hardly mega expensive.

 

Seems more like he didn't like several things, got on a downward spiral which the booze wouldn't have helped. Now his multiple bad reviews appear like a vendetta.

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9 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

Thanks. So many bad reviews. These reviews could easily have been deleted if it was obvious it was just a disgruntled guest. 
 

Yes, Thai law. You must respect these laws even if they are harsh. Thai law is very serious. Especially when dealing with people who don’t have the means to pay their way out. But If you’re rich, it suddenly becomes that they’re not so serious. Just buy your way out.

 

What wonderful justice. 
 

 

Thailand prides itself on being independent and maintaining the integrity of it's culture and values.  That's fine, as far as it goes. The problem is if you are operating in globalization and doing business with an international clientele, you may not always get to do exactly as you like. That is even more true in a depressed industry in a depressed economy. Life is like that sometimes.

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It should tell you something about the hotel, considering the resort name: '' Sea View Resort'' in Chiang Mai ???

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3 minutes ago, smew said:

It should tell you something about the hotel, considering the resort name: '' Sea View Resort'' in Chiang Mai ???

Where in Chiang Mai is Koh Chang ?

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5 minutes ago, smew said:

It should tell you something about the hotel, considering the resort name: '' Sea View Resort'' in Chiang Mai ???

It is in Koh Chang

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