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Police Prepare For Election Day Expat Sobriety Riots

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> What is a pity, is that the Thai Authorities don't trust their own nationals to vote responsibily if they have had a drink in the preceding twelve hours.

I always assumed the purpose of the ban was to reduce the incidence of people rounding up the rural poor men to exchange their vote en masse in exchange for alcohol.

Maybe not reducing the vote-buying as such, but trying to make sure people at least vote the way they promised the guy who gave them the rednote, and not on a last-minute offer of drinks all round. . .

And I believe there are similar bans (for similar reasons) in Australia? It's been a while since I live there, and I was drunk most of the time, so I can't recall exactly. . .

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> i actually didn't read the several pages of posts and didn't see satire on the top of the page either. i just read the article posted my reply which after only finishing a 16 hour day yesterday in work and am back in now again will go down to me been tired. in fairness i have read many quote's from thai officials before and would not be suprised in the slightest if this were true . don't presume by my small amount of post that i am new to thailand, i have been going for many years and spent a lot of my life there. i am only a newbie of thai visa so be gentle

No, sorry no gentleness here, you're just an (edited my post removing the insults - didn't realize one could be banned for calling someone a name even it is completely true)

Not only for possibly believing this was a real article, but even more so for your response.

The main gist if I recall correctly, was that the development of Thailand over the past few decades has been thanks mainly to its recreational visitors from the West.

What a (expletive deleted). Believe me, the only Thais that have any need at all for us, are the poor upcountry folks selling us their daughters, and that's such a tiny insignificant part of the country as a whole, to everyone except the myopic sexpat. The average educated Thai, and especially those that run the show here, are incredibly embarrassed by the whole scene and would be more than happy to get rid of the whole lot of us along with our inlaws. But on the other hand, we do provide them with an extremely valuable service, helping them feel superior to use, let's them believe that all farang are as completely idiotic as the ones they see walking around their streets.

And as for the actual topic, I do find it amazing how the comments here make the article ring true - some people really do think alcohol is important to their lives, just can't have fun without it - sad. . .

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Just because it says "satire" at the top, doesn't mean it isn't 100% true! As I am prone to exclaim, "I resemble that remark!".

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You might want to look into the reason fore the law before you make wild accusations. It has nothing to do with fear that the Thai's cant vote rightly if they drink.

It's not a wild accusation, it's what a Thai official was quoted as saying in a newspaper. I have no idea if it's the truth or not, but why do you think they don't let their citizens drink outside their homes hours before and after the polls are open?

Are you saying that the tourists are going to be upset because they can not buy a drink legally for 36 hours. Sounds to me like you have the same attitude to the expats as the police.

Sure a lot of talk for some one only missing one drink of wine one day of the week and not for that many weeks.

If you read what I actually said, which was "I'm sure the tourists from around the word, who of course cannot vote, will be happy not to have a drink late tonight and all day tomorrow in the full knowledge that no Thai motorcycle taxis riders will be drinking whiskey by the roadside, no Ma and Pa shops will be selling to those have run out at home, so that the electors can vote with a clear head" I never said they would be upset, I suggested they would understand.

And yes, I do enjoy a glass of wine with my lunch, is there something wrong with that? If I couldn't do without a drink, as you seem to be implying, then I could drink to my hearts content at home.

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Only in Thailand would this article have to be explicitly labeled 'Satire' at the top. :lol:

And reading the responses the thread has garnered so far demonstrates that even that is too subtle

we all know Thais dont drink alcohol ......... they are never drunk ...behave perfectly in the society and never cause troubles ..... oh are we talking about farang here ? Oooops ...... that is the most stupid things I have seen today so far .... :lol:

I really thought farang was not part of those elections ....

You still haven't figured out that this is a joke. Further proof that TV members are not renown for their intelligence.

Certainly the paranoid contingent who haunt the news threads looking for further evidence that they are not universally loved is not over-burdened with intelligence.

What a low and arrogant opinion some Thais have of us. I wonder how they would feel if we all just left and took our money with us.

Apparently you have a fairly low opinion " of us" if the only sterling characteristic "we all" possess in your view is "our money," and judging from some other threads some "of us" have precious little of that as well.

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>I see - you are nearly born here. Or living here since more than 40 years. Or why did you put my word "since" (a year) in capital letters? Anything wrong or funny with it?<br /><br />You should be able to read my post, right? I didn't say anything about "Shut up or go home"! I just said that I can't stand other foreigners to complain about everything.

He was trying to help correct your grammar. "I have been living here for more than 40 years" OR "I have been living here since 1970" would be correct.

Perhaps he thinks you're not really a farang, just because your English is so poor, you write nearly as bad as the Thais with a Master's in English language.

But of course you could be Dutch or French too, but 100% sure you're not a native English speaker.

That was his point.

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>I see - you are nearly born here. Or living here since more than 40 years. Or why did you put my word "since" (a year) in capital letters? Anything wrong or funny with it?<br /><br />You should be able to read my post, right? I didn't say anything about "Shut up or go home"! I just said that I can't stand other foreigners to complain about everything.

He was trying to help correct your grammar. "I have been living here for more than 40 years" OR "I have been living here since 1970" would be correct.

Perhaps he thinks you're not really a farang, just because your English is so poor, you write nearly as bad as the Thais with a Master's in English language.

But of course you could be Dutch or French too, but 100% sure you're not a native English speaker.

That was his point.

Sorry to correct you.

But I would never complain about anybody's English - as I am not a "real native speaker".

I am from Germany and sometimes afraid of wrong spelling or grammar. How could I complain about other member's English? No.

I just tried to answer in a quite sarcastic way - referring to his probably devaluating answer about the duration of my short period of living here.

Thanks

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It is bad for tourists and the future of tourism ...

I'm fairly certain that someone resident in a hotel can order a drink or drinks sent up to his room.

I'm also reasonably certain that not all tourists need to be inebriated 24/7 and that the future of tourism is not teetering on a precipice because alcohol is not free flowing around the clock.

What's worrying is how many of the TV regulars feel they are threatened and Thailand's future is at stake if booze isn't readily available. If you really feel that everyone is suffering because of this, you may be labouring under the misconception that all expats and all tourists spend all their waking hours sucking up booze in sleazy bars. Not a particularly rosy view of the state of farangitude.

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I guess that the Thai economy, to a large extent, does depend on the debauchery of the Western tourist.

Maybe this will become a permanent ban and the nasty Farangs will stay home and mail their money to their favorite politician.

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It is bad for tourists and the future of tourism ...

I'm fairly certain that someone resident in a hotel can order a drink or drinks sent up to his room.

I'm also reasonably certain that not all tourists need to be inebriated 24/7 and that the future of tourism is not teetering on a precipice because alcohol is not free flowing around the clock.

What's worrying is how many of the TV regulars feel they are threatened and Thailand's future is at stake if booze isn't readily available. If you really feel that everyone is suffering because of this, you may be labouring under the misconception that all expats and all tourists spend all their waking hours sucking up booze in sleazy bars. Not a particularly rosy view of the state of farangitude.

Thanks for this post. Agree 100 per cent.

Don't let anybody get me wrong here - I like to drink, yes. Thai spirits mixed with Coke.

But: If I really would need it that much - I would buy it in advance.

Or avoid the popular tourist places and find another, cheaper place with much less police around.

This should be possible for 30 (not really 36) hours.

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>I see - you are nearly born here. Or living here since more than 40 years. Or why did you put my word "since" (a year) in capital letters? Anything wrong or funny with it?<br /><br />You should be able to read my post, right? I didn't say anything about "Shut up or go home"! I just said that I can't stand other foreigners to complain about everything.

He was trying to help correct your grammar. "I have been living here for more than 40 years" OR "I have been living here since 1970" would be correct.

Perhaps he thinks you're not really a farang, just because your English is so poor, you write nearly as bad as the Thais with a Master's in English language.

But of course you could be Dutch or French too, but 100% sure you're not a native English speaker.

That was his point.

Sorry to correct you.

But I would never complain about anybody's English - as I am not a "real native speaker".

I am from Germany and sometimes afraid of wrong spelling or grammar. How could I complain about other member's English? No.

I just tried to answer in a quite sarcastic way - referring to his probably devaluating answer about the duration of my short period of living here.

Thanks

Maapaa...nothing wrong with your English, the people commenting on it are most likely "English Teachers" who feel obligated to correct every mistake, as they think they are still "teaching" a class...We do have a term for these types of people, but dont think it would be appropriate to use it in this case...so lets call them the Grammar Police instead

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>I see - you are nearly born here. Or living here since more than 40 years. Or why did you put my word "since" (a year) in capital letters? Anything wrong or funny with it?<br /><br />You should be able to read my post, right? I didn't say anything about "Shut up or go home"! I just said that I can't stand other foreigners to complain about everything.

He was trying to help correct your grammar. "I have been living here for more than 40 years" OR "I have been living here since 1970" would be correct.

Perhaps he thinks you're not really a farang, just because your English is so poor, you write nearly as bad as the Thais with a Master's in English language.

But of course you could be Dutch or French too, but 100% sure you're not a native English speaker.

That was his point.

Sorry to correct you.

But I would never complain about anybody's English - as I am not a "real native speaker".

I am from Germany and sometimes afraid of wrong spelling or grammar. How could I complain about other member's English? No.

I just tried to answer in a quite sarcastic way - referring to his probably devaluating answer about the duration of my short period of living here.

Thanks

Maapaa...nothing wrong with your English, the people commenting on it are most likely "English Teachers" who feel obligated to correct every mistake, as they think they are still "teaching" a class...We do have a term for these types of people, but dont think it would be appropriate to use it in this case...so lets call them the Grammar Police instead

English teachers? Haha, that's what I am, too. But only for so called "basic conversation", nothing about grammar. Prathom and Mathayom school here in a small, Isaan village.

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Great satire can have the plausibility of reality, till the penny drops,

and then it's a mental head slap moment.

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"I'm sure the tourists from around the word, who of course cannot vote, will be happy not to have a drink late tonight and all day tomorrow in the full knowledge that no Thai motorcycle taxis riders will be drinking whiskey by the roadside, no Ma and Pa shops will be selling to those have run out at home, so that the electors can vote with a clear head"

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Minor correction, tonight and uptill 6PM Saturday you can still have your drink at whatever place you like. It's from Saturday 6PM till Sunday midnight that the ban is in place.

In other words, hurry and go get some :)

Edited by rubl

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