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How many incidents have there ever been in Phuket of swimmers being injured by jet skis?

I'll research that and let you know. Wonder why many beaches now have buoyed off swimming areas, Maybe because of jet ski or speed boat accidents.

To me, having a roped off area is just common sense and should always be the case. That's for the long tails and speed boats as much for the jets skis. Would be interesting to know an official amount (or as official as you get in these parts) I certainly don't remember any high profile incidents.

I agree LIK, and I remember the incident involving the French guy.

I'll be very specific and very recent. Last night, bars showed the football, as they have done for the last 10 years you have been here HKP. They were raided, arrested and fined 25,000 baht. Did that happen 10 years ago???? Why were certain bars targeted and not others?

You can go on about how they shouldn't have done it in the first place as it's illegal, but so is prostitution, and isn't that what you like about this place, the freedom, the lack of bureaurcacy.

So, it's a new scam, or new selective enforcement of the law etc etc but I don't remember it happening years ago when I first started coming here. So, we have all the old scams, plus now this new one. Just one example of things getting worse, not better.

I would imagine the same kind of thing happened ten years ago yes. Not the exact same thing but that's hardly the point. It most certainly isn't a new scam is it. It's a good old fashioned shake down of people who are breaking the law, that's how it goes.

Can't you be more specific than that. That's one example of a slightly different variation of a good old fashioned shake down, and I notice you didn't tell me how it affected you or any tourists.

Give me a brief list of the kind of things you are talking about please. We can all be vague and exagerative.

Well, it is new, isn't it? In the recent past, every bar had pirated cards for their satelite boxes for the South African Super Sports channel. It was common knowledge, all over Thailand. It only stopped because Super Sport turn off the satelite transmission over this region. No bar was ever "shaked down" for it.

So, I disagree, this is a new money grab. How it affects me, well, certain sporting events may not be easily viewable in bars here, but ultimately, tea money will go up if you do not want to be raided for showing sport in your bar, so, the price of beer/food goes up, or, the owner shows it anyway and puts the price of beer/food up to cover the fine. Does it really bother me, no. In theory, does it have an affect on me, yes.

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How many incidents have there ever been in Phuket of swimmers being injured by jet skis?

I'll research that and let you know. Wonder why many beaches now have buoyed off swimming areas, Maybe because of jet ski or speed boat accidents.

I know of one dive instructor that was hit by one off Kata. I have had quite a few close calls with them while teaching off Kata and Karon Beaches.

The point was, a member said that people don't go in the water because of them which is a baseless statement IMO.

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I don't believe that corruption has changed the tuk tuk experience, for the average tourist, one bit in the last 10 years.

It's gotten a lot more expensive, and not in line with inflation or gas prices. It's my opinion that much of the tuk tuk problems have been caused by the issuing of far too many licences (that's the official corruption factor again). I mean, how many tuk tuks does a place like Patong need. I suggest that Patong could get by just fine with 10% of the current fleet of tuk tuks and the drivers would make a good living. But no, they all have to squabble over the slim pickings. And the pax bears that cost.

That's a fair comment. Obviously they have got more expensive. I was going to say, when was the last time you bought a plate of fried rice with a fried egg on top for 30 baht as it was 10 years ago, but that doesn't address the increase above and beyond inflation.

The two young Scandi guys put in hospital. The German guy beaten to within an inch of his life. He spent something like 2 weeks in ICU. There are many, but yes, not as many as those who have made it home in one peice, however, their monopoly on transport here is a national disgrace.

laugh.png All you have done there is list two of the other well known incidents, strengthening my point. I'm not talking about 'LivinLOS' and his mates arguing over the price at 3am because the driver didn't want to go up a big <deleted> off hill. I'm talking about major incidents that people talk about as if they happen daily when they simply don't.

Ahh, did you read the part about their monopoly here is a national disgrace????

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And for each of the dozens of cases we know of, there are dozens more we don't hear about.

How do you know they happen if you never hear about them? blink.png

If a tree falls over and nobody is there to hear it....................tongue.png

How about not published. I personally have heard many reports from my guests over the years, some requiring hospital attention, but never are reported in the media.

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Well, it is new, isn't it? In the recent past, every bar had pirated cards for their satelite boxes for the South African Super Sports channel. It was common knowledge, all over Thailand. It only stopped because Super Sport turn off the satelite transmission over this region. No bar was ever "shaked down" for it.

So, I disagree, this is a new money grab. How it affects me, well, certain sporting events may not be easily viewable in bars here, but ultimately, tea money will go up if you do not want to be raided for showing sport in your bar, so, the price of beer/food goes up, or, the owner shows it anyway and puts the price of beer/food up to cover the fine. Does it really bother me, no. In theory, does it have an affect on me, yes.

My point is that it's only new because it wasn't possible to do this particular thing before. It couldn't have happened before because as you say bars were getting their channels from a different source.

So yes, if you want to be pedantic it's new, but in reality it's just a different variation of the same old thing. Hardly hot of the press, new and never seen before is it!

When the price of beer and food go up directly as a result of that shake down, you let me know. coffee1.gif

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And for each of the dozens of cases we know of, there are dozens more we don't hear about.

How do you know they happen if you never hear about them? blink.png

Because that's the nature of crime/news.

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To me, having a roped off area is just common sense and should always be the case. That's for the long tails and speed boats as much for the jets skis. Would be interesting to know an official amount (or as official as you get in these parts) I certainly don't remember any high profile incidents.

To me that's putting majority of visitors to roped prison so that few can have their fun.

Why not to dedicate one beach, for example Bang Tao, for the jet ski and other fun and ban it from other beaches. This would bring young and vibrant tourists to the north and also be a good way for Tuk tuk's to make their daily earning when the youngsters travel around the island. Fortunately there is no traffic problems either as the island has not changed for the past 10 years.

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Well, it is new, isn't it? In the recent past, every bar had pirated cards for their satelite boxes for the South African Super Sports channel. It was common knowledge, all over Thailand. It only stopped because Super Sport turn off the satelite transmission over this region. No bar was ever "shaked down" for it.

So, I disagree, this is a new money grab. How it affects me, well, certain sporting events may not be easily viewable in bars here, but ultimately, tea money will go up if you do not want to be raided for showing sport in your bar, so, the price of beer/food goes up, or, the owner shows it anyway and puts the price of beer/food up to cover the fine. Does it really bother me, no. In theory, does it have an affect on me, yes.

My point is that it's only new because it wasn't possible to do this particular thing before. It couldn't have happened before because as you say bars were getting their channels from a different source.

So yes, if you want to be pedantic it's new, but in reality it's just a different variation of the same old thing. Hardly hot of the press, new and never seen before is it!

When the price of beer and food go up directly as a result of that shake down, you let me know. coffee1.gif

Oh dear. "PIRATED CARDS - SATELITE BOXES" - illegally showing sport has been here for years. It was NEVER enforced back then. Just last night it was. It's a NEW money grab.

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And for each of the dozens of cases we know of, there are dozens more we don't hear about.

How do you know they happen if you never hear about them? blink.png

If a tree falls over and nobody is there to hear it....................tongue.png

How about not published. I personally have heard many reports from my guests over the years, some requiring hospital attention, but never are reported in the media.

That is something I can accept as truth. Very different from 'NJ' knowing about things he never hears about. tongue.png

Can we be a bit more specific. Many reports of what, assault, battery? How man actually needed to go to hospital in all the time you've been here? 1 maybe 2?

Not condoning it obviously, just trying to put it in to a true perspective.

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To me, having a roped off area is just common sense and should always be the case. That's for the long tails and speed boats as much for the jets skis. Would be interesting to know an official amount (or as official as you get in these parts) I certainly don't remember any high profile incidents.

To me that's putting majority of visitors to roped prison so that few can have their fun.

Why not to dedicate one beach, for example Bang Tao, for the jet ski and other fun and ban it from other beaches. This would bring young and vibrant tourists to the north and also be a good way for Tuk tuk's to make their daily earning when the youngsters travel around the island. Fortunately there is no traffic problems either as the island has not changed for the past 10 years.

How far can people swim exactly? Look at the size of the ocean. It is ample size for every man on the planet to do what ever floats his boat so to speak. All it takes is common sense and respect for others.

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And for each of the dozens of cases we know of, there are dozens more we don't hear about.

How do you know they happen if you never hear about them? blink.png

If a tree falls over and nobody is there to hear it....................tongue.png

How about not published. I personally have heard many reports from my guests over the years, some requiring hospital attention, but never are reported in the media.

That is something I can accept as truth. Very different from 'NJ' knowing about things he never hears about. tongue.png

Can we be a bit more specific. Many reports of what, assault, battery? How man actually needed to go to hospital in all the time you've been here? 1 maybe 2?

Not condoning it obviously, just trying to put it in to a true perspective.

I think I already answered that. It is the nature of crime and media. Are you actually suggesting that every incidence of violence or scam by a tuk tuk driver or every scam or injury caused by jet ski's or parasail boat is reported to the police and media? I personally witnessed 20+ tuktuk drivers beating the snot out of a couple of farangs on Bangla Rd that went on for several minutes until the cops showed up and carted the bloody pair off in the back of a police truck. No Thai's were detained or questioned that I would see. When I reported it to the media, the police refused it had happened.

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To me, having a roped off area is just common sense and should always be the case. That's for the long tails and speed boats as much for the jets skis. Would be interesting to know an official amount (or as official as you get in these parts) I certainly don't remember any high profile incidents.

To me that's putting majority of visitors to roped prison so that few can have their fun.

Why not to dedicate one beach, for example Bang Tao, for the jet ski and other fun and ban it from other beaches. This would bring young and vibrant tourists to the north and also be a good way for Tuk tuk's to make their daily earning when the youngsters travel around the island. Fortunately there is no traffic problems either as the island has not changed for the past 10 years.

How far can people swim exactly? Look at the size of the ocean. It is ample size for every man on the planet to do what ever floats his boat so to speak. All it takes is common sense and respect for others.

Far... do you wish to watch the sunset together or why are you talking about the size of the ocean now?

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