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after police put woman in jail for 4 days with 5 years of sentence possible for stealing a bar mat or towel

NOBODY should come to Thailand anymore if you are sane in the brain...

sadly, off course the adventurers looking for cheap sex and easy women will never be scared away enough !

Talking about sanity? This is an utmost dumb remark. Stigmatizing millions of decent and kind women and men, because you have not done your home work and obviously visited the wrong places. it is like telling the world that all of The US is an insane place because Vegas is the US, All of germany is the reeper bahn, all of the Netherlands is Amsterdam red like district, and all Aussies are thieves because someone played false.

Maybe it is time to grow up and have a look. You kind not find kinder people than in Thailand, you cannot get better food and you cannot have more fun. Stay out of the red light districts if you do not have a brain that can separate truth from fiction.

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To all those who are degenerating Phuket & saying prices will go up, have you actually done survey on room prices. Until you do so perhaps you should withold your scurrilous comments or try coming up with some constructive comments & realise there are two ways of looking at a glas, it is either half full or half empty.

Stupid farangs, clever Thais, doom & gloom, swine flu, bad cops, as if the rest of the world does not have any problems.

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there has never been a better time to invest in Phuket. Sadly we don't see any headlines in the Bangkok media about this.

wake up Phuketian, these times are long past, The show is over. When I bought my land ten years ago I paid a Million Baht per Rai in Rawai. There are still dreamers on the road which think they buy cheap if they pay 8 Million for the same now :):D :D the bubble is ready to explode and I hope that noone of these gamblers get his money back. Saw it here many times, they bought a rai for two millon, cut it in four pieces and sold one piece for 2Milion. The show is over. The only reason why people like Patong is for the cheap ladies but for sure not the stinky beach and dirty roads :D

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after police put woman in jail for 4 days with 5 years of sentence possible for stealing a bar mat or towel

NOBODY should come to Thailand anymore if you are sane in the brain...

sadly, off course the adventurers looking for cheap sex and easy women will never be scared away enough !

Meh... Haven't you heard? She's been released from custody, free to go home after being fined 1000 Baht, which the Governor of Phuket payed on her behalf. The whole thing got blown out of proportion, and the Governor did the sensible thing by intervening, probably realizing how ridiculous the whole fiasco was, and the effect that it would have had on tourism, had it been allowed to continue.

Getting caught stealing a bar mat in Thailand is the least of my concerns, mainly because it is completely avoidable (i.e. don't steal bar mats, or anything, for that matter). There are plenty of other things I'd worry about in Thailand before that, and in spite of them all, I'll still go back. Call me crazy.

That is not really the point. You may be back, but there are plenty of people, rightly or wrongly, who will choose Bali or another destination because of the press' slant on the incident. Facts don't matter. Whether the woman was right or wrong doesn't matter. It is the perception among people who would have come to Phuket which matters. If they think they are going to be arrested for doing nothing, then they won't come.

I live in Thailand, so I am not going to change a think over some drunken tourist

s situation. But this is a thread about tourism, and the official quoted opined that tourists from Australia would be coming here in large numbers.

I don't dispute that. I wasn't commenting on the OP (although admittedly I should probably be sticking to the thread topic). I was responding to thaibkk's post, in which he stated that people should stay away from Thailand if they are sane. I was only stating my opinion about the actual risk to me, with regards to the (admittedly off-topic) comment about the stolen bar mat case. Facts do matter to me.

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after police put woman in jail for 4 days with 5 years of sentence possible for stealing a bar mat or towel

NOBODY should come to Thailand anymore if you are sane in the brain...

sadly, off course the adventurers looking for cheap sex and easy women will never be scared away enough !

Talking about sanity? This is an utmost dumb remark. Stigmatizing millions of decent and kind women and men, because you have not done your home work and obviously visited the wrong places. it is like telling the world that all of The US is an insane place because Vegas is the US, All of germany is the reeper bahn, all of the Netherlands is Amsterdam red like district, and all Aussies are thieves because someone played false.

Maybe it is time to grow up and have a look. You kind not find kinder people than in Thailand, you cannot get better food and you cannot have more fun. Stay out of the red light districts if you do not have a brain that can separate truth from fiction.

Errrrrrrrrrrrr is it me going mad or what. I have been trying to make some sense out of the quoted post. I have read it about 6 times and I am still puzzled. Whether or not you agree with "thaibkk's" post at least you can understand the point he is making but as for the above post....I think his first two sentences should be at the end of his post....dont you?????

HL :)

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The Aussie bar mat fiasco probably has pretty much killed this golden egg...
Gloomy outlook for Phuket tourism

PHUKET CITY: -- The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) has forecast that Phuket hotels will see average occupancy rates dip to as low as 25-30%, compared to 60% in the low season last year.

Only tourists from Australia, the Middle East and India are likely to be visit the island in strong numbers at this time of year, he said.

Dunno about that, I assume that if you are caught stealing in OZ your arrested and have to go to court. As`a tourist I can only assume expulsion would be automatic? I could be wrong but maybe someone can go to k mart and nick a towel and see what happens?

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Regarding the Aussie woman arrest: Steve, the owner of the bar is good bloke, he has a great business and works hard at it too and deserves his success. As I know to my own cost, this can create a lot of resentment amongst a certain type of expat and this naturally paid a part in the story running longer than it should have on the various boards.

The beer towel in question, is a large rubber mat, custom made by the bar with the bars logo on it. They are sold as souvenirs however this woman or one of her mates thought it would be a hoot to steal one. However you look at it its theft, just as it would have been if she'd stolen a T-shirt that bar sells as a souvenir. She was stopped by the bars own security guard and told to put it back, at which point the <deleted> and jeffing started. Thai guy loses face, so he nicked her because he can. Som nam naa as we say in the south.

Most Aussies who come here are brilliant and are a welcome addition to the mix on the island. I fear that this group were of the ilk who buy their beer at the 7 - 11 and then try to bring it into your bar and then get shitty with you for telling them that this is as unnaceptable in Thailand as it would be in Australia. (I believe in Australia this would get you a smack you probably deserve).

Could not agree with you more, the sort of behaviour this group has demonstrated can be seen in any major Australian city any weekend of the year. The only difference here is that the Thai Police had the backbone to arrest and charge her with the offence that had taken place (however minor it is).

The problem for this woman and her group was that they started mouthing of to the Thai police, so in my mind she got what she deserved.

All the shit that was being talked in the media in regard to them being singled out because they were women on their own and if they had a man with them to bribe the police she would have been ok, was certainly not the way to endear herself to the Thai Authorities.

If I run a business and people nick stuff all the time (does not matter what the dollar value is), there would come a point when enough is enough and I to would instruct staff to call the police and have them charged. If these mats are sold souveniers in his premises, then in my mind the bar owner is well within his rights to prosecute.

All the talk about why should an Aussie charge and Aussie with something so trivial should not even be discussed, if the women Aussie had not entered the Aussie bar owners bar, stolen one of the bars bar mats, tried to do a runner and then opened her big gob to the police, we would not be having this discussion.

There is nothing more Un Australian than going to another Aussie's bar and thieving from it. In my mind that is very Un Australian.

All I can hope is that the type of traveller that is bleeting "I am not going to Thailand" because of what happened here decide to go back to Bali or any other country and carry on like complete idiots their instead of Thailand.

I can assure you now, that knowing the Aussie mentality and with all the coverage that has been over here, this will not be the only person who gets charged with the bar mat nicking charge. The hottest game in Phuket will be how many towels can you nick without being caught. so bar owners beware.

I have drunk in the Aussie Bar a few times when I have been over and have no complaints whatsoever about the bar or the staff there and the fact that this has happened will not stop me drinking there. Why should it bother anyone if there is police working as security in the bar, to me it makes it a safer place to drink.

Steve, as you have a well run bar, I really do not think it will affect your business. It may even do you a favour by stopping the idiots & yobs coming into your bar that want to carry on like this.

In my mind, the weak person in all of this is the Thai Official who paid her fine, in my mind that is a big loss of face by doing that (Not Normal Thai Behaviour), and a stab in the back for the police who bought the charges.

Hopefully she has been deported with a black mark on her passport, not just allowed to leave.

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Gloomy outlook for Phuket tourism

PHUKET CITY: -- The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) has forecast that Phuket hotels will see average occupancy rates dip to as low as 25-30%, compared to 60% in the low season last year.

Citing a number of negative factors, PTA Vice Presdient Bhurit Maswongsa said the spread of the type-A (H1N1) flu virus was one of the main problems hitting the industry at the moment.

What a joke. Thai's really have to wake up and smell the coffee...it's not the only place in the world with hot weather, decent beaches and nice food. Add the misconceived idea that they can charge Marbella, Monte Carlo or Portofino prices and you have a recipe for disaster.

But of course the decrease in numbers has nothing to do with world economic recession. Political instability and tanks on the streets. Rip-off prices and poor service.

Blame the pigs! :D You reap what you sow :)

RAZZ

i couldn't say it better..... SOM NAM NA MAK MAAAAAAAK !!!! :D

The Thai government, Tourist association etc. will always look for excuses that has NOTHING to do with it ! They NEVER will confess that most stupidities come from themselves.

But it has always been like that and probably it will always stay like that..... poor people..... ( and still keeping their subjects dum... ).

LOS ? Don't make me laugh ! They treat most of the farangs like none-welcome people and now they are complaining that farang stay away..... Jeezes ! :D

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I have the solutions....

Why not try these ideas

- MARKET Thailand as the DISNEYLAND OF DESTINATIONS

- Visa extensions available on arrival for a reasonable fee

- Flac Jackets at discount prices in the Airport

- The Business Card of an Honest Lawyer ( there's a good one ) Given to Tourists on arrival

- Free ATM withdrawals for 90 Days on Arrival

- Taxi Police at the Airport to make sure Drivers use the Meter.

THE LIST CAN GO ON , BUT I THINK OUR HOSTS MIGHT GET THE IDEA THAT WE ARE BEING TREATED SH*T WHILE HERE...

No Half Full or Half Empty Glass scenarios Please , "there is Half a Glass" is a REALISTIC view.

The internet has changed the way the world operates...

What can I say " We can see you , AMAZING THAILAND"

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Interesting that they think Australians will come in numbers.

No way, not after all the negativity this week and I bet more to come this weekend.

Bali is back in vogue for Aussies, Thailand has been knock down and is now on the mat and will struggle to recover in the eyes of Australian couples and family tourists

Recently returned from a holiday in Bali and was amazed at the number of Australians holidaying there. Our hotel manager remarked that they had many bookings from people who had originally intended to go to Thailand but because of the airport chaos etc had decided on Bali. I asked him what evidence he had and he replied "just from discussions with my guests".I can confirm he was very amiable and did ask me why we chose Bali prior to the Thailand conversation. I hadnt been to Bali since 1975 and was pleasantly surprised by the still relaxed nature of the people , the excellent food and prices equal if not cheaper than Thailand.It was also the day of their national elections when we arrived, no stupid alcohol bans , no demonstrations, all very civilised.

The world is full of beautiful places and Thais better get their heads around that and go and see for themselves and consider what they are up against.

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Interesting that they think Australians will come in numbers.

No way, not after all the negativity this week and I bet more to come this weekend.

Bali is back in vogue for Aussies, Thailand has been knock down and is now on the mat and will struggle to recover in the eyes of Australian couples and family tourists

Well this Australian will be coming back in number. And as for Bali, i have planned a 17 day trip before i get to LoS . Have been looking on the net for a room similar to what i get in LoS and it cant be done. Not by me anyway. I wished i had never booked the Bali leg . I would much prefer to go straight to Phuket. Good hotel , free, wifi, etc. All the people that i meet there at this time of year will be there again. I think it may only be 1st timers in particular who may be holding back on a holiday to LoS.

Edited by carvets

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The relative merits of the case on either side here are really besides the point. The damage has been done. Imagine a couple or a family sitting down with the holiday brochures or browsing the internet trying to decide which beach holdiay to book. As they look through the Phuket hotels, not only will they now be considering the high prices due to the exchange rate, but that story about the mother being jailed may just come to mind. It would be enough for many to turn to the next page and go to Bali.

This damage will not last forever, but as someone said before, a silly little incident like this would have done more damage than the multi million baht campaigns couild ever make up for.

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but if you are single or a loser or like a drink thailand will always be on the map .

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Mt Thai wife is involved with the Thai Association in Australia

So here are some facts from the horses mouth

in this week over 1000 phones calls from Australian's giving their negative thoughts about Thai Police

Right or wrong this is the perception

The Thai Embassy in Canberra is taking 30 days to complete a visa application

and over 3 months to do a replacement passport for Thai's citizens thats expire

( a recent case is where 47 passports where renewed in Bkk over 3 weeks ago and have not yet been received by the Canberra Embassy ) well so they say

Thai airways has so many seat unfilled they are offering return tickets from Bris to Bkk for $450 Australian

These are the cold hard facts

So do your really believe those i Power in Thailand really care ?????? :)

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Alot of people seem to come here to post, about how thats the nail in the coffin for Thailand, so why even come onto a Thai forum and post. Vote with your feet, why waste your time on Thai forum? I agree with yourself...This won't effect me living in Bangkok or loving the atmosphere in Thailand and the people.

From what I gather, the women stole what looks like a pretty cool bar mat, which would make a nice gift. She got caught then said it was joke, as if she would not notice that in her bag due to the size. Then she became totally disrespectful and became a loot from all accounts. I bet if I had this attitude in the UK, if I had started <deleted> and blinding at the police for stealing something, the police would have put summonsed me with a court order, I would have got possibly a £200+ fine and 100 hours of community service and it would have been in the local paper, after a court appearance for drunk and disorderly...

So what was different here, aprt from the complete arrogance of this women and lots of her natives regarding this issue. I m not talking about all aussies, but the ones who have became all self-rigtheous about this.

Look at what is happening in the UK, with corruption at the moment, claiming taxpayers money to live a life of luxury, paying mortgages, the heavy handed tactics of the police during the G20 etc etc...in the US the socialism for the rich at the expense of the middle and working class...

Just watch this to see if you think the US don't blow mountains from mole hills and restrict peoples liberties...

Police interrogation of a passenger

So lets drop the self-righteous, superiority complex people seem to adopt. And as I said vote with your feet, no one is asking you to come to Thailand. You dont need to come onto a Thai forum with several thousand posts to proclaim this. The world will continue to turn, you are not that important.

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