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American tourist faces prison for negative TripAdvisor review of Thailand hotel

By Jackie Salo

September 27, 2020 | 12:32pm | Updated

 

An American man is facing two years behind bars after penning negative online reviews about a Thailand hotel — including accusing the business of “modern-day slavery,” according to reports.

 

Wesley Barnes, who works in Thailand, was arrested for allegedly causing damage to the reputation of the Sea View Resort on Koh Chang island, the Telegraph reported.

 

Barnes allegedly wrote reviews on multiple sites in which he claimed that he dealt with “unfriendly staff” who “act like they don’t want anyone here” during a recent visit to the popular resort destination.

 

Read full article: https://nypost.com/2020/09/27/tourist-faces-prison-time-for-tripadvisor-review-of-thailand-hotel/

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The article does not say when the arrest of this Wesley Barnes and his subsequent release on bail happened. Have there been any updates in the media about this case?

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Arrested Sep 11 and spent 2 nights in custody according to the ThaiExaminer, which has a pretty good summary, including details of his case, visa status, occupation, who arrested him, what happened then and since then, etc.  Well worth a read as a cautionary tale.

 

I'm not going to post a link out of an abundance of caution...

 

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TAT should put this on all their touring Thailand material, you can come here eat drink and be merry (and pay) but do't you dare criticize you hear now? coz if you do criticize you got o jail here....

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