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These stories are good.....To remind people that the destroyed lives will be 1,000 times worse than a disease with a 99.8 recovery rate..... 

When you actually think about that  - 50% closed - you realise the impact of this total nonsense. When the historians look back at this, they will condemn the governments of the world for the near des

I completely agree. They should be writing about the positive affects of covid. Instead of 27,000-30,000 sex workers out of work they should write, "30,000 families, moms and children reunited" or "La

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3 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

simple - open everything up, wear a mask, use handgel and protect the old, infirm and vulnerable, with no vaccine coming shortly life will get far worse if we dont

LOL. Where I live hardly anyone washes their hands after number 2 so good luck getting them to do all that.

IMO people will eventually just get bored with it and not bother.

 

BTW, they've borrowed so much so far that I'm worried they'll be cutting pensions, so how the <deleted> are they going to afford to protect the old and vulnerable? That category includes myself and I can't see them putting me up in some nice apartment with cable tv and meals delivered. The housing shortage in NZ is so bad people are living in cars.

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6 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Happening the world over, tourism is like any other business model, if supply/demand change so does your revenue... suck it up.

Not really a fair way to look at this...

 

Imagine that you're running a business with some street traffic, say it's a restaurant or a massage shop or a cleaning service. It depends on people having access to your front door. Then the local government comes along and puts a transformer station across your entrance. Or puts a huge fence around your property, essentially making it impossible for your customers to get access. The government also asks you to be patient, the fence will be removed. Soon. But time drags on.

 

You have zero income. Your business would still have customers, if only they could get access. You would just "suck it up"? You wouldn't feel any need to ask for compensation from the local government? Or ask for the fence to be removed?

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If you look at some of the popular Youtube channels , you can earn money by inviting the viewers in a live chat and "customers " will tip the channel. And there's a lot of money involved. I watched one channel the other day (live football chat), and they earned around $4000 in just 60 minutes . But they have 500k viewers +

If a bar decides to go digital just to show girls smiling at them,  and have a drink I am sure there are stupid enough people out there willing to tip large amounts of money.

Yes I would probably be desperate enough  to try that myself if I run out of money. 
  

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5 hours ago, polpott said:

I have lived permanently in Thailand for several years and haven't visited the UK in 18 months.

 

I get repeat prescriptions every 8 weeks free (apart from postage), see my GP whenever I do return, annual pension rise, winter heating allowance AND Christmas bonus.

 

So you have a property in the Uk where you are registered as living with your GP, DWP etc and someone collects your prescriptions and posts them out to you..

 

I work with a lady whos mother went to live in India years ago but is down as living in her house and does the same as you. This lady has been getting tons of post for her mother lately from the DWP and banks threatening to freeze pension and close accounts.

 

Here daughters sick to death of it

 

 

 

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On 10/27/2020 at 12:22 PM, JensenZ said:

I really don't understand the constant necessity to post sob stories about the covid destruction of Thailand's tourist industry. I suppose the media are finding it tough to find stories.

 

 It's the same problem worldwide. Pattaya has as much of a chance of recovering as anywhere else. Considering many countries (the whole of Europe even) are posting record numbers of infected, let's get over the pandemic first and then worry about tourists.

 

Enough of these stories already.

Yes, I suppose these stories are meant for expats and a few thousand *stuck* in Thailand tourists. For who else, certainly not Europeans or Americans or anyone else, who are going bankrupt by the minute ! The global situation is horrifying, so, sorry, not many people are worrying about Thailand . 

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11 hours ago, mikebell said:

They've cut my State pension to £370 a MONTH after working 40 years; they've frozen it for the last 13 years; lots of pensioners are dieing daily so they're saving there; and they're still taxing me!

Is the state pension the same as social security in the US 

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9 hours ago, Bkktodd said:

Most farangs in Thailand   will never admit they met their lady in a bar or thai friendly.   Just saying 🤨

I can. I met my wife on Thai friendly - a school teacher from Nan. Maybe you're just answering  or chatting to the wrong women !

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7 hours ago, Irate priest said:

 

So you have a property in the Uk where you are registered as living with your GP, DWP etc and someone collects your prescriptions and posts them out to you..

 

I work with a lady whos mother went to live in India years ago but is down as living in her house and does the same as you. This lady has been getting tons of post for her mother lately from the DWP and banks threatening to freeze pension and close accounts.

 

Here daughters sick to death of it

 

 

 

Yep, heard these "friend of a friend" stories before. Never actually met anyone that has had a problem though.

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11 hours ago, Irate priest said:

 

So you have a property in the Uk where you are registered as living with your GP, DWP etc and someone collects your prescriptions and posts them out to you..

 

I work with a lady whos mother went to live in India years ago but is down as living in her house and does the same as you. This lady has been getting tons of post for her mother lately from the DWP and banks threatening to freeze pension and close accounts.

 

Here daughters sick to death of it

 

 

 

Hopefully the daughter will be having a visit from the police then.

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22 hours ago, polpott said:

The Op is the most accurate depiction of the current situation in Pattaya that I've seen. The biggest change for farangs is the "online bars" phenomenon with bar owners falling over each other to develop this new business model. Here's the CEO of NWG explaining his group's change to the new model:

 

 

 

 

 

I watched that video and found it somewhat confusing. This idea of buying drinks for bar girls is NOT new. I remember a YT vlogger asking his viewers to send him money which he'd then use to buy drinks for girls in the viewer's name. Frankly, I thought this is going no where. That is, nobody would actually send him money. Turns out, I was wrong! People did send him money (I believe via PayPal).

 

So now the bars are developing their own "online bars"? Won't this cut out the middle man (those YT vloggers)? I mean who needs them when you can buy drinks directly?

 

Another thought I had is if this new "online bar" model is successful, what prevents those absolutely beautiful girls in Brazil, Italy and Sweden from playing exactly the same game? Problem with an "online bar" is that it makes no difference where in the world it is. All that matters is if the girls can entice the viewers to part with their money. Right?

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