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Interesting,seems like the russians are here to stay after all.......money always talk coffee1.gif .....................

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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.

Correct & add that the fact she is Russian & competes with the Tuc Tuc mafia 'obviously' had nothing to do with it.

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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.

You have to carry you passport everywhere but your work needs only to be at your place of work. Saying he might prosecute anyway for not having them is outrageous. The penalties would be trivial and surely the police could spend their time and taxpayers' money more usefully chasing real criminals.

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Think many are missing the REAL issue which is this IS Thailand. Why do THEY need foreigners working in a tour agency.

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Thailand and all it's BS are really getting to me lately, i'm just about having enough... No i'm NOT a Russian, but this could have been any of us ( who holds a legal WP)ending up in a mess, because of some Smart A*** Politician or "police" who tries to prove them selves ... It just makes me sick !!!

So leave, does any one care?

Wow, such an original comment!

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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...

"competent official" - Mmmmm...in Thailand? Really?! ;-)

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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.

Oh innocence! The PP is given a chance to get something too...

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Think many are missing the REAL issue which is this IS Thailand. Why do THEY need foreigners working in a tour agency.

Why not? The real issue is the Phuket mafia.

Tour/Travel agencies sometimes need people who speak the language of the tour group & Thai's are not well known for their Russian.

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Think many are missing the REAL issue which is this IS Thailand. Why do THEY need foreigners working in a tour agency.

Why not? The real issue is the Phuket mafia.

Tour/Travel agencies sometimes need people who speak the language of the tour group & Thai's are not well known for their Russian.

So they employ somebody who speaks Russian and get a workpermit for that person.

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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.

Not a wise move in any country to smart ass police officers and similar officials.

I agree with the various comments about why didn't she show the documents in the first place or, if they were not on site, mention she has the visa in her passport and she has a WP, and send someone quick smart to bring them to the officers.

I recall some years back I was arriving in Australia, a yank in front of me was being obnoxious to the passport officer then, when asked to open his suitace, gave the customs folks a mouthful of foul mouth cheek and threw the suitcase keys across the room along with a comment 'you wanna take a look in my suitacse, you open it'.

Result: Suitcase ripped quickly open with some tools from under the bench, 3 or 4 extra customs officers appeared very quickly and every article of clothing destroyed by cutting off the shirt collars then cutting the collars into pieces to 'check for drugs maybe hidden in the collars', shoes destroyed, and more. Didn't take long for the smart ass to plead with them to stop.

I've also seen Japanese customs officers get pretty agreesive with people who don't 'toe the line'.

I doubt this.

In Australia Customs can inspect but if damage to the item occurs they are obliged to replace it if no contraband found. Yes I can see them giving him a hard time and inspecting everything very very slowly and carefully but not cut it apart. One shirt of course could take an hour to inpspect carefully.

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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.

Not a wise move in any country to smart ass police officers and similar officials.

I agree with the various comments about why didn't she show the documents in the first place or, if they were not on site, mention she has the visa in her passport and she has a WP, and send someone quick smart to bring them to the officers.

I recall some years back I was arriving in Australia, a yank in front of me was being obnoxious to the passport officer then, when asked to open his suitace, gave the customs folks a mouthful of foul mouth cheek and threw the suitcase keys across the room along with a comment 'you wanna take a look in my suitacse, you open it'.

Result: Suitcase ripped quickly open with some tools from under the bench, 3 or 4 extra customs officers appeared very quickly and every article of clothing destroyed by cutting off the shirt collars then cutting the collars into pieces to 'check for drugs maybe hidden in the collars', shoes destroyed, and more. Didn't take long for the smart ass to plead with them to stop.

I've also seen Japanese customs officers get pretty agreesive with people who don't 'toe the line'.

I doubt this.

In Australia Customs can inspect but if damage to the item occurs they are obliged to replace it if no contraband found. Yes I can see them giving him a hard time and inspecting everything very very slowly and carefully but not cut it apart. One shirt of course could take an hour to inpspect carefully.

I have dealt with some very stupid Australian customs officials - one guy mid 20's was asking what my I-pod was ! He was really just trying to get a reaction! To the point whereby his boss came over & passed me through, some people just like to abuse power even in the western world!

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How easy is it to buy a fake WP ? Documents in Thailand are so easy to fake that its a joke.

I have a aussie international drivers licence. The paper style looks kind of like a thin passport without any official stamps in it. I showed the police my licence after a random pullover and he had no idea what he was looking at, he had to ask a taxi driver if it was real. I guess an arvo with photoshop could create some interesting licenses.

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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.

As far as I know, officially, yes...

Those of us with work permits or other long stay visas should be entitled to a more practical form of credit-card sized identification, not too dissimilar to the Thai national ID. Yes, it might cost a few hundred baht, but it's certainly more practical than carrying ones passport everywhere.

Getting a Thai drivers licence is the best alternative at the moment. It is suffice in most circumstances.

I used to carry all that extra baggage around all the time, then I got a Thai drivers license, end of problem and it has been my best option. When the police saw that, that was the end of carrying all that important paper. Yellow book, is the next issue.

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I like to P-off the Aussie Customs by bringing a Mars bar with me and then go through the red channel to declare it.

When they start to give me a hard time, I point out the statement on the declaration that states "All food-stuffs must be declared". Getting outside quickly through the empty red channel is an added bonus........

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