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Tourist Police Commander Targets Phuket Jet-Ski Rip-Offs

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I've rented jet skis all over the world. Okinawa...Miami...Fort Lauderdale... Waikiki...Barcelona and NEVER saw a crash...a tourist rip off or tourists roughed up and threatened. ONLY IN THAILAND!

SCUM of the earth Mafia own and rent and PROTECT each other.

Well the crash that involved the yacht did happen whether you've seen one before or not.

I witnessed this crash on Koh Samet back in January 2010. Two Russian guys were zig zagging each other at high speed when they collided. Rather than rubbing his hands in glee at a pay out, the jet ski operator looked devastated at the damage to his ski

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On the Australian Government "travel to Thailand" website is a warning about hiring jet skis and motor bikes. People should just stay away from them. I tell my Australian friends and Chinese students not to be tempted if they are coming to Thailand.

Is that a Sandman in your avatar Kevvy?

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So it took the Chinese for action to be taken. THAT is worth noting. thumbsup.gif

What action was taken ?

None, they told the Chinese some bull do do and the Chinese believed it.

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I don't understand why people keep renting them, after all this problems....

After everything I've read and heard, I would never hire a jetski

Maybe it's not only the Thais who are stupid.

In the UK "HIRE" is synonymous with "RENT". It's a language thing, not stupidity. No thanks necessary from my English friends.

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There is a great video on YouTube that expose the Jet Ski scam. It is very sad to see senior police whitewash the matter. It seems like every day there is more negative news in papers around the world about tourists getting ripped off in Thailand

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What a load of BS! According to Yamaha a new jet ski is between $9k to $16K USD. http://www.yamahawaverunners.com

The owner of the jet ski that was wrecked in the accident with the yacht asked initially for ฿300,000 and settled for ฿100,000, which is almost $30,000 USD. Still a scam and always a scam, now justified by the head of the tourist police. Just as the over the top taxi and tuk tuk fares have been legitimized by the local government. But I also read that Bangkok is sending a team to take a look at all coastal property titles here. Hopefully some big heads will roll, but somehow I doubt it if the past is any indication of the future greed and corruption.

Glad to see you know you're maths! 100,000 baht is actually about 3000 dollars not 30,000
Glad to see you read all the replies. This error was pointed out many posts ago.

We all make mistakes. Chill.

Give the guy a break, his only error was to be a microsecond late in posting.

The other fifty posts pointing out the math error

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Maybe I am showing my ignorance, but why doesn't a well-off expat cop a fine, then turn around and take the jet-ski operator to court and sue them?

Wouldn't that shake up the operators? Or is the whole system too corrupt?

The jetski mafia is obviously not interested in the matter going to court, so not settling on a fee on the spot will usually be dangerous to your health. (You can google the matter if you want to know how many people have been beaten by the jetski mafia) Remember the police and tourist police get a healthy share of the scam, so they will not be helping you.

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As I read it's "Business as usual"...

Ok, Wait a minute !! What if.....What if These people really actually damaged the ski Jet and actually crashed into a yatch ??? Is that not also a possible scenario !!!?? And if so well yeah ... I think they should be charged ...! Why does everybody here think that the people who rent these Ski Jets are never at all at fault////? Have you ever seen or experienced driving a car let alone a Ski Jey along side a Chines Driver... :-)))... Eeekss!!

In most civilised countries any rental of cars, boats, houses etc. comes with full mandatory insurance by law. This means that whatever damage the customer does to the rented item, the rental company's insurance will cover it. This of course increases the rental price, but at the same time it eliminates conflicts and scams.

There is only one reason for Thailand not to implement full cover mandatory insurance by law, and that is that it would eliminate an important source of income for the Thai police (and certain Phuket politicians) who gets a handsome share of these scams.

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There are two issues that are not being given enough attention. FIrst, what kind of moron rams a jetski into a yacht? Yachts are generally big enough to be seen from far enough away that collisions could be avoided. So I have very little sympathy for the guy who did that and I think 100,000 baht is getting off lightly. He should have been fined a million baht on top of that just for being stupid.

Second, there is the issue of insurance. Shouldn't Jetski operators have enough insurance to cover these losses? Sure there could be a deductible that would need compensation but it looks to me that the current system is just the opposite, i.e. insurance pays a minimal amount and the customer is held up for an open ended compensation.

Just saying.

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There are two issues that are not being given enough attention. FIrst, what kind of moron rams a jetski into a yacht? Yachts are generally big enough to be seen from far enough away that collisions could be avoided. So I have very little sympathy for the guy who did that and I think 100,000 baht is getting off lightly. He should have been fined a million baht on top of that just for being stupid.

Second, there is the issue of insurance. Shouldn't Jetski operators have enough insurance to cover these losses? Sure there could be a deductible that would need compensation but it looks to me that the current system is just the opposite, i.e. insurance pays a minimal amount and the customer is held up for an open ended compensation.

Just saying.

A full cover insurance would increase the rental price and thereby decrease the amount of customers - at least in the mind of a Thai jetski operator, as they do not factor in customer satisfaction, reputation or repeat business. Furthermore, a full cover insurance would make it difficult for the jetski mafia to argue that the tourists should pay anything at all for damages, which means they lose out on the opportunity to overcharge the tourists. The insurance company cannot be intimidated, and will only pay for actual damage, not various overcharges.

Since a full cover insurance would eliminate intimidation and overcharges (not to mention assaults etc.) the police and local politicians would no longer get a piece of the pie, which is probably why noone is pushing for full cover insurance.

The current insurance is most likely quite cheap for the operator as it has a small coverage. Further it gives the tourists a false sense of security, and still ensures that the operator can extort any amount he wants from the tourists, and thereby that the police and local politicians continue to get their share.

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There are two issues that are not being given enough attention. FIrst, what kind of moron rams a jetski into a yacht? Yachts are generally big enough to be seen from far enough away that collisions could be avoided. So I have very little sympathy for the guy who did that and I think 100,000 baht is getting off lightly. He should have been fined a million baht on top of that just for being stupid.

Second, there is the issue of insurance. Shouldn't Jetski operators have enough insurance to cover these losses? Sure there could be a deductible that would need compensation but it looks to me that the current system is just the opposite, i.e. insurance pays a minimal amount and the customer is held up for an open ended compensation.

Just saying.

A full cover insurance would increase the rental price and thereby decrease the amount of customers - at least in the mind of a Thai jetski operator, as they do not factor in customer satisfaction, reputation or repeat business. Furthermore, a full cover insurance would make it difficult for the jetski mafia to argue that the tourists should pay anything at all for damages, which means they lose out on the opportunity to overcharge the tourists. The insurance company cannot be intimidated, and will only pay for actual damage, not various overcharges.

Since a full cover insurance would eliminate intimidation and overcharges (not to mention assaults etc.) the police and local politicians would no longer get a piece of the pie, which is probably why noone is pushing for full cover insurance.

The current insurance is most likely quite cheap for the operator as it has a small coverage. Further it gives the tourists a false sense of security, and still ensures that the operator can extort any amount he wants from the tourists, and thereby that the police and local politicians continue to get their share.

Very good analysis. Well written and completely correct.

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What a load of BS! According to Yamaha a new jet ski is between $9k to $16K USD. http://www.yamahawaverunners.com

The owner of the jet ski that was wrecked in the accident with the yacht asked initially for ฿300,000 and settled for ฿100,000, which is almost $30,000 USD. Still a scam and always a scam, now justified by the head of the tourist police. Just as the over the top taxi and tuk tuk fares have been legitimized by the local government. But I also read that Bangkok is sending a team to take a look at all coastal property titles here. Hopefully some big heads will roll, but somehow I doubt it if the past is any indication of the future greed and corruption.

300,000 Baht @ 29.56 = 10,149 USD so it falls in line with your Quote of 16K USD, as 100,000 Baht @ same rate (29.56) = 3,383 USD. I see no issue with what operator claimed other then some one else needs to sharpen there Calculator or change BATTERIES!

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What a load of BS! According to Yamaha a new jet ski is between $9k to $16K USD. http://www.yamahawaverunners.com

The owner of the jet ski that was wrecked in the accident with the yacht asked initially for ฿300,000 and settled for ฿100,000, which is almost $30,000 USD. Still a scam and always a scam, now justified by the head of the tourist police. Just as the over the top taxi and tuk tuk fares have been legitimized by the local government. But I also read that Bangkok is sending a team to take a look at all coastal property titles here. Hopefully some big heads will roll, but somehow I doubt it if the past is any indication of the future greed and corruption.

300,000 Baht @ 29.56 = 10,149 USD so it falls in line with your Quote of 16K USD, as 100,000 Baht @ same rate (29.56) = 3,383 USD. I see no issue with what operator claimed other then some one else needs to sharpen there Calculator or change BATTERIES!

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I think Jet Skis are an abomination . I won't go to any beach that has them . From all I have heard about Phuket , I would never go on holiday there .

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If it LOOKS like horseshit, SMELLS like horseshit, TASTES like horseshit, it must be a politicians statement . . .

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