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3AW Breakfast spoke to the owner of Phuket's Aussie Bar before he boarded a plane to Bangkok this morning.

Australian Steve Wood says: "I think she just rubbed the wrong people the wrong way,” when asked what happened the night police arrested Annice Smoel.

Wood says he wasn't at the bar when police arrested Smoel.

He says bar employees told him police saw Smoel's friends roll up the bar mat and place it in a bag. He says when police confronted Smoel 'she did a runner'.

Police later caught up with Smoel on the beach and walked the Montrose woman to the Patong Police station near the Aussie Bar.

Wood says he has been told the Patong Police Chief was in the station when police brought Smoel in and he has been told she 'verbally abused him'.

Wood says bar patrons try to steal the mats 'all the time'. He says bar staff usually catch would-be thieves and 'talk' to them about the attempted theft.

In Smoel's situation, he says it's different because police saw the act. He adds the mats are for sale in the pub. They sell for $60.

So lets hear it not from her mouth huh !!!

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Her mates say they did it.. Now they are back safely in Oz they made a stat dec to say it was them....

Now some pissed up hen night shielas (and I have seen some of the worst behavior from ozzie women on Bangla) get caught nicking stuff, and its 'poor little them'..

They dont even deny they did it.. So wait out your bail..

Well, from the reports that I have read...

The women who was arrested does deny it.

The person that did do it went to the police and told them that she was responsible and the police told her to go away. They were not interested.

Video evidence has been mentioned, but nothing specific.

As some people here seem to know the owner of the bar, perhaps they can find out what really happened.

Edit. I now see that a quote from the owner has been posted

Edited by loong

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well if she tried to run, and thought she could get away with that 'Ozzie girl' behavior, I'm glad she's gonna be taught a lesson. Too much of this poor behavior in Australia..... drunken louts who think they don't need to give any respect to anyone and can act like complete muppets.....

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It's the lead story on the Melbourne "Age" right now.

Melbourne mum arrested over Thai bar 'prank'

Next Phuket-mum2-600x400.jpg A Melbourne mother-of-four is facing up to five years in a Thai prison after allegedly stealing a bar mat from an Aussie-theme bar in Phuket.

Hide details Thirty-six-year-old Annice Smoel faces jail in Thailand for the alleged theft of a bar-mat Photo: 3aw.com.au

More here :-

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-new...90519-bd3r.html

A couple of snips from the article

: Ms Smoel told Radio 3AW this morning that she didn't do it.

"Since the time of her arrest, one of her children has been hospitalised for appendicitis and when she made an application to the court to return home her request was denied," Mr Murphy said.

and :

She said a friend had confessed to police that she had done it and there was video evidence proving her innocence.

"There was video evidence in the bar. I was nowhere near the handbag," she said.

"One of the girls involved went down to the police station on Sunday morning and confessed to the crime and apologised and they [Thai police] told her to go away. They didn't care.

"Apparently the police have 48 days to investigate the crime.

Edited by LeungKen

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He says bar employees told him police saw Smoel's friends roll up the bar mat and place it in a bag. He says when police confronted Smoel 'she did a runner'.

So is the charge theft or what?

If the police actually saw the friend roll up the mat and put it in her bag, then they know that she is not guilty.

I don't know this bar, but assuming that it is a Farang tourist spot, would undercover Thai police go in? Most tourist bars that I know, Thai men customers would stick out like a sore thumb.

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Headline should be 'Drunk ozzie shiela abuses Chief of Police'.. Thats whats got her into the problem shes in.

Again shes out on bail. She was in a cell, not the jail, and she doesnt even deny it happened and she did a runner.. And shes still whining ??

Why is this news and Burroughs everyone got on his case.. He did nothing wrong until they held him and made him miss his flight.. Then he may have said something impolite.. but hes a black guy so he can do 3 weeks in a proper jail before he gets bail and months of hassle, loses his job, his home, etc.. This chick gets all teary on the radio and eveyone defends her..

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He says bar employees told him police saw Smoel's friends roll up the bar mat and place it in a bag. He says when police confronted Smoel 'she did a runner'.

So is the charge theft or what?

If the police actually saw the friend roll up the mat and put it in her bag, then they know that she is not guilty.

I don't know this bar, but assuming that it is a Farang tourist spot, would undercover Thai police go in? Most tourist bars that I know, Thai men customers would stick out like a sore thumb.

Some big bars, keep some off duty cops around, so as to help out in any security issues..

Theres a lot more off duty cops than most people realize.. Sit back when sober and look around the bangla frontage.. Around shipwreck, rio, a few places.. Often a couple of plain clothes sitting watching the road.

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The bar owner has said on radio that his bar staff saw others put the towel in the bag.

They also report that she was rude to the police.

When will Phucket learn. If it wants a tourist industry it cannot continue to have Simon Burrowes type of incidents through loss of face.

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I do believe "shakedown" is the appropriate word in this situation. 20,000 baht and she would have walked free. Now it's going to cost her a lot more to stay here for the court proceedings and end up with a measly 500 baht fine and deportation.
Corruption pure and simple.

I just asked my Thai wife what would happen if a Thai person was caught for the same offence.

Just a small fine was her response.

Yeah and who thinks that a smart head couldnt have dropped 5 or 10k on a 'fine' and walked if handled right.. Whose betting loud mouth drunk ozzie women giving it the 'you cant do that to me' attitude that comes out when they are on Bangla (or Bali ??)..

Dont forget in her own words (radio interview) they told her to stop, she gave them the bag, then tried to do a runner down the stairs and out into the street.. You do a runner from Thai cops and your going to be in the shit list straight away.. Act like a <deleted> and pay the price basically.

Her account just sounds odd. When confronted, she hands the bag to her friends to deal with, not participating in the discussion. Then she hears something to the effect of they could go, she could go. So she leaves without her bag and her friends it seems. Doesn't sound like she was looking back or she'd have known they were following her down the stairs and that maybe she shouldn't leave. Seems more likely that she was goaded into carrying it by her friends and did have knowledge of it.

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3AW Breakfast spoke to the owner of Phuket's Aussie Bar before he boarded a plane to Bangkok this morning.

In Smoel's situation, he says it's different because police saw the act. He adds the mats are for sale in the pub. They sell for $60.

Wow $60 ?? Did that include a BG or what? :)

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Sounds like she got pissed at the Bibs, they lost face, and now she's looking at serious time due to loss of face.  

$60 for a bar mat?  Is it made out of carbon fiber? 

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3AW Breakfast spoke to the owner of Phuket's Aussie Bar before he boarded a plane to Bangkok this morning.

In Smoel's situation, he says it's different because police saw the act. He adds the mats are for sale in the pub. They sell for $60.

Wow $60 ?? Did that include a BG or what? :)

Well obviously priced so as to discourage buying but allow if someone really wants it..

They are hardly in the business of selling beer mats are they.

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What is funny is that Steve Wood, the Aussie bar owner is also guilty of theft.

He has illegal sattelite tv from Papua new Guinea that broadcasts the NRL and AFL in his bar.

He discussed it openly.

I am sure he has the BiB in his back pocket anyway.

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Headline should be 'Drunk ozzie shiela abuses Chief of Police'.. Thats whats got her into the problem shes in.

Again shes out on bail. She was in a cell, not the jail, and she doesnt even deny it happened and she did a runner.. And shes still whining ??

Why is this news and Burroughs everyone got on his case.. He did nothing wrong until they held him and made him miss his flight.. Then he may have said something impolite.. but hes a black guy so he can do 3 weeks in a proper jail before he gets bail and months of hassle, loses his job, his home, etc.. This chick gets all teary on the radio and eveyone defends her..

From what I have read, she is accused of theft, not verbally abusing the Chief of Police.

She does deny the theft, her friend has admitted that she put the towel in the bag.

I can't say for sure what I would have done in this women's situation. What would you do if stopped by plains clothes police who want to look in your bag and you see a rolled up towel that shouldn't be there. A rolled up towel could have anything inside it. I'm afraid that my first thought is likely to be that drugs have been planted by police on the take. I think that I would panic as well.

I can't remember what Mr Burroughs was actually charged with, but his situation was just as ridiculous as this one.

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