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Russian Tour Company Worker Freed After Proved Legal

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This was last week so why the delay I would have thought the company could have presented the passport and work permit within the hour ?????????


Seems there was a little bit of time to allow some cash to change hands.


And yes it is reasonable to be expected to have proof of your work permit at your work place and at least a copy of your passport to prove who you are.

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heheheeh some good free entertainment here today. Why complain about the rules in the end you have a choice about these things if they are a burden upon you find less burden some rules

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She was not the only foreigner arrested in Kata that week. An American was arrested for working outside the terms his work permit. He was cleaning and setting up chairs in his bar.

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good, she was, as i recall, quite fit.

the last sentence smacks of witch hunt, or at the very least a last ditch attempt to save face:

“We will pass the case file to the public prosecutor, who may still press charges against her for not carrying her passport and her work permit on her person,”

more like a threat: don't criticise us or we will find some trumped up charge to gaol you with. Keystone cops with guns.

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that is ridiculous , so we have to carry passport and work permit all the time ? everywhere ? this witches hunt is going nowhere.

It's a very normal and standard practice (world wide I dare say...) that you have to carry your ID. In this case, you are in a foreign country and your only valid ID is your passport.

As for the workpermit, read the last page. It says: "Warning" and then the first item reads:

1. A permit holder must keep the permit with him or at the place of work during working hours in order that it may be readily shown to competent official or the Registrar. Any violation thereof shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand Baht.

Very easy and straight forward rules...what's there to complain about...?

You want to work...you follow the rules...

Easy? In my opinion, having to carry the original everywhere you go exposes you to an unacceptably high risk of pickpocketing (not to mention putting a lot of wear and tear on it, what if you get caught outside in a rainstorm with it in your pocket). If a photocopy is not sufficient, then there should be a system whereby foreigners can apply for an ID card that they can carry around instead.

And BTW, in Australia there is no law that anyone has to carry ID around with them.

That's because Australia is a democratic country with an independent judiciary, and police service that impartially enforeces and respects the law. See the differences?

Asking for ID always reminds me of the old WW11 films - where somebody with a bad silly supposedly German accent growls "papers". Not funny in reality and indicative of an oppressive police state. Maybe foreigners should all wear a Star on their clothing so they can be spotted even more easily.

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Foreign dive masters/instructors, keep your passport and WP in your wetsuit tongue.png

Seriously tho, this is an issue I have thought about. Obviously taking the WP on the boat is a must, but when I beach dive locally, or on a longtail, it's in the shop. I am in violation when I do this, but I do not want to risk having it stolen or getting it wet. I am also in violation every time I teach or guide on Phi Phi (as in a day trip from Phuket) or in the similans as those places are in Krabi, Phangna, and Ranong provinces.

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“We will pass the case file to the public prosecutor, who may still press charges against her for not carrying her passport and her work permit on her person,” Lt Ratthapol added.

Now that is just plain spiteful.

I bet the public prosecutor doesn't bring charges, but at least Lt Ratthapol can puff out his chest and feel important, today.

Well maybe (repeat maybe) the Russian gal gave some smart ass comments / replies when she was confronted, and now the chickens come home to roost.

maybe you are just specualting wildly

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This has very little to do with the law and everything to do with the profit that is generated from selling tours and other tourist services to tourists.

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This has very little to do with the law and everything to do with the profit that is generated from selling tours and other tourist services to tourists.

What about the profit generated from selling work permits and visas? :) :)

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So she spent a night in jail over a mistake by the BIBs, are they going to compensate her for that? Surely no...

Would be nice for the ones who cocked up to get into trouble for making a wrong arrest...

She should have had her paperwork with her, FACT.

but in MHO it should not be a night in jail but like an on the spot fine wich can be paid withhin 28 daysat police station, simillar to a traffic fine is done in australia would be more appropriate i think, also less streeful on the falang worker and less paperwork for the gov staff, and the poor overworked policecheesy.gif

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When having 100~200k in cash, next to your wp of course..., will be be officially compulsory?

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