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Farangs Getting Stuck.

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When I first came to Bangkok I noticed a farang on the corner of Suk Soi 7. Every day after 7pm he showed up from nowhere and sat on the right hand side outside the tailor. He was often squatting. Day after day for years I saw this guy and eventually I had to walk up to the guy just to talk to him a bit. I asked him if he was ok, and so on. I even told him that I've seen him for ages sitting there. He answered "no, I don't need help, I'm just waiting for someone". I got the impression this was a lie.

A couple of months later I saw him chatting with a Thai person and as far as I could hear he was more or less fluent in Thai. My first thought was "he must have been here for a LOOONG time".

How many farangs like this are there in Thailand, and how do they survive? How do they make a living? Do they get any help from their home countries? Are they completely illegal immigrants or do these people still make visa runs? Do they want to make it back but can't or have nothing to return to?

And, if anyone knows what happened to the farang squatting outside the Tailor on the corner of Suk Soi 7 every day for years and years, please let me know because about eight months ago he disappeared and I haven't seen him since. Maybe the person he waited for finally showed up?

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I lived on Soi 7 for 7 years up until last year and never saw anyone repeatedly sitting there. Maybe he is thinking the same about you.

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I lived on Soi 7 for 7 years up until last year and never saw anyone repeatedly sitting there. Maybe he is thinking the same about you.

I have talked to several people about the guy and they all knew about this farang. Nobody seems to know what happened to him. I talked to the girl working in the store that sells Camel clothes and she had no clue where he went.

lol, maybe you are right, he probably wondered why he saw me there every time...I never thought about that! :)

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There must be hundreds of these lost souls hanging on by the skin of their teeth , burned bridges , unwanted at home for various reasons and nowhere to go but down . I have helped several over the years to get back on the straight and narrow , but they dissapear and are never heard from again , do not bother any more .

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There must be hundreds of these lost souls hanging on by the skin of their teeth , burned bridges , unwanted at home for various reasons and nowhere to go but down . I have helped several over the years to get back on the straight and narrow , but they dissapear and are never heard from again , do not bother any more .

dam_n. Scary stuff.

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I lived on Soi 7 for 7 years up until last year and never saw anyone repeatedly sitting there. Maybe he is thinking the same about you.

I know excactly who the OP is talking about. Who knows where he went though. He was a Wackjob. Hope the OP didnt get to close to him cause there was a stench coming off him that would kill a skunk. He did about a year at the Subway sandwich dump on 7/1 b4 moving to the soi 7 location.

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I lived on Soi 7 for 7 years up until last year and never saw anyone repeatedly sitting there. Maybe he is thinking the same about you.

I have talked to several people about the guy and they all knew about this farang. Nobody seems to know what happened to him. I talked to the girl working in the store that sells Camel clothes and she had no clue where he went.

lol, maybe you are right, he probably wondered why he saw me there every time...I never thought about that! :)

In addition, if you lived on Soi 7 for years, it must have been 3 or more years ago, or you're blind

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You get all sort travelling around and you have to wonder how they survive even at home.

In 1994 made my first trip to India and there was a French woman there with 2 kids one in a stroller and it was like what in the <deleted>-k are you thinking. it turns out she had been travelling for 6 months and had most of her money stolen by (of course another Frenchman) and she was getting by on a bit sent from home. After I left my friend, who stayed for a few more weeks, chatted her up and noticed she had a bad infection in her toe and the red line was going up her calf. He advised her to see a Dr. she went off to hospital not to be seen again by my friend. Can you imagine what would have happened to the children if she had died in India neither child was old enough to have a clue about family in France.

Some people just donot think or are incapable of thinking and making informed decisions.

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I know excactly who the OP is talking about. Who knows where he went though. He was a Wackjob. Hope the OP didnt get to close to him cause there was a stench coming off him that would kill a skunk. He did about a year at the Subway sandwich dump on 7/1 b4 moving to the soi 7 location.

Dang. This place is full of weird stuff.

Takes a couple of years before you notice just HOW weird...

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I lived on Soi 7 for 7 years up until last year and never saw anyone repeatedly sitting there. Maybe he is thinking the same about you.

I have talked to several people about the guy and they all knew about this farang. Nobody seems to know what happened to him. I talked to the girl working in the store that sells Camel clothes and she had no clue where he went.

lol, maybe you are right, he probably wondered why he saw me there every time...I never thought about that! :)

In addition, if you lived on Soi 7 for years, it must have been 3 or more years ago, or you're blind

H'e's not blind; he's just not observant. I've taken many walks with people who just don't see what is around them. Because I'm a hunter and a photographer I watch and see everything. It takes training to do so..

There are so many of these lost souls in S E Asia that eventually you get hardened by all the poverty around you.

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I know who you're talking about. I never talked to him, but he didn't appear crazy. My TGF says he seemed to be stuck, and in Thailand with no money. He was just quiet. Situations change, and, hopefully, he got some help from home. He hasn't been around for awhile.

I always wondered why the police didn't take these people off the street as it's apparent they are vagrants. I think they just don't want to be bothered as long as they don't create a problem.

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How many farangs like this are there in Thailand, and how do they survive? How do they make a living? Do they get any help from their home countries? Are they completely illegal immigrants or do these people still make visa runs? Do they want to make it back but can't or have nothing to return to?

May be he disappear because people won't leave him alone! 

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