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Whilst I can agree it is some sort of progress, the punishment should be comparable to the crime. I am very sure that going to hospital to get their heads bandaged would cost more than 1000 baht not to mention their time that has been wasted. The fine should take these factors into account and be much larger. Also for common assault, the criminal should at least get 2 or 3 days in prison as a sign of things to come if he does such actions again, far more of a deterrent...

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Its progress.. not perfect but progress. I am amazed.

Agree, 1000 baht is a lot of money for 300baht per day wagers.

Also he did plead guilty and as per Thai justice system penalty is reduced

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

Aren't the jet-skis rented at 1500 baht per half hour? I gather the father rented one, and the son rented one - that's 3000 baht.

1000 baht is just some part of the profit from the rental to the victims.

It does seem a little too lenient to me, and would tend to send a message to other jet-ski operators, and tuk-tuk drivers, that the going rate for assaulting a couple of tourists, with a weapon, (flag pole) is only 1000 baht.

In my opinion, it sets a rather low precedent for this Court to now abide by.

1000 baht is cheap for "tarnishing Phuket's image." smile.pngsmile.png

He got fined to the maximum of the law.

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If it stops him doing it again, it's progress....

When he making 100K a day from his scams 1K is hardly a problem for him. Will be easy to adjust your scam to cover the 1K expected fines.

The guy should've got a prison sentence for Assault with a weapon and intentionally causing injury. Should've also been banned for life from working in the tourism industry. Giving a thug a hug and nice cup of warm milk hardly deters others.

Why not line him up and shoot them all.....burn all the books, throw them in jail....hang them from the highest tree.....perhaps throw all the children in jail so they never become future jet ski operators.....better yet sterilize every person so they can prevent future jet ski operators......

Banned for life from working in the tourist industry......just where do you come from........my guess would be the nanny state of Australia.........never laughed so hard at a response in the last year.....good god..........you should be a stand up comedian.

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Nothing here will ever make some of you happy, 1000baht is lot of money for the average Thai doubtful the equipment belonged to the two flunkies just doing what they have been told. In the end better than nothing.

Since Thailand is such an unfair place I guess a few of you will be going home now, O forgot then nothing to complain about

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These tourist courts are really worrying me. When I read the first story about the guys who died in the speedboat accident getting a derisory sum in compensation I was concerned. In the West due diligence would have seen a full investigation into the loss for the victim's families and it would take several years to decide the correct compensation. Now we have a jet ski operator resorting to his base instincts with virtually no sanction at all, the whole matter raced through the courts to get rid of the publicity which would surround a longer case, and a sop punishment given to the offender.

I work on the beach every day, I know that tourists can be as obnoxious as the operators looking to earn a quick extra buck. I know some tourists can be offensive and push Thai's to the limits of their patience, especially Thais (like some Europeans) who are very quick to thump rather than reason. But setting up a court which rushes cases through and then gives such lenient punishments is going to give this wonderful country an even worse image in the eyes of potential tourists,

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

Well the fines don't seem low when it comes to foreigners legally working in Thailand.. Let's see.. if I'm repairing my boat or just doing what's on my work permit but in a different location.. the fine is... 20,000 thb... fair enough

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Agree that it is progress, but as is the norm, the Thais interpret and engage things in a way that beggars the developed mind.

Having a flat standard fine of 1000 THB does not take into consideration the persons earned income and so many other things that should be brought into the spotlight.

What I am suggesting is instead of 1000 flat standard:

The fine must be a percentage of the persons earned income.

There should be reparations made to the victims.

The convicted should have their entire lives placed under government evaluation regarding

Their tax history (do they pay taxes?)

Their past criminal record (are they repeat offenders or trouble-makers?)

Their compliance with licensing

Do they have licenses to own and operate their business

Do they have licenses to own and operate their jet skis

Do they have insurance coverage for the rentors

Are they transparent in their dealings with the customer and City Hall

Are their employees legally employed according to the Ministry of Labor

It seems so... so Thai, that they get a criminal placed in front of them and they only focus on that one thing, and dismiss the opportunity to go over that criminal's history and get a lot of things settled at once.

My point is, I wonder what else this scumbag is guilty of that the court is overlooking, and hence walking right by a golden opportunity to take care of many issues at once. The message would send a ripple effect through the scumbag community, and I am willing to bet that they would clean up their acts and think twice about losing their tempers with the only people who pay their paychecks; the customers.

Thais interpret and engage things in a way that beggars the developed mind. They are so simple minded and singular in their approach to resolving and finding solutions that their resolutions and solutions bring about more chaos in the aftermath of "justice" than the original crime. What I mean is, they breed crime with their ineffective approach to resolving and solving it.

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When we look at the punishment we need to gauge it from the eyes of the Thais

He was hauled up to court and found guilty and he paid the maximum fine allowed by the law.

In this instance, although the amount seems very insignificant in a western perspective (hardly pays for a bottle of wine) in Thai perspective, they had a massive loss of face and every Thai would tell you being hauled up to court is a scary experience for them. So when he is fined, somchais know this is bad for business and bad when they work in a small community to be known as someone that got hauled to court.

The father and son can claim for medical but again the safety is probably more important to them than claiming a few thousand baht back.

True story this ..a friend of mine (foreigner) with his gf was threatened and choked in the throat in the hospital by an angry ex driver.

This happened in full view of the nurses at the station with CCTV coverage ...the fine 500baht which was the max allowed was issued which the driver paid with a smug face

U could scratch your head but the law has been applied and nothing more the police could do.

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

Totally agree.

First, there was moaning that nothing was done, now the moaning continues.

I am not familiar with the Thai penal code but I should suspect that fines in general are lower than say in Oz or the USA. Lots of Thais for which THB 1,000 are a fair chunk of cash.

this is the most stupid barfly comment Ive heard in a long time.

The point is that the fine was too low at thb1000. The guilty in question would have laughed at this fine over a bottle of whisky that night.

If the court wants to deter further rogues from assaulting tourists- and if the government wants to make things safer for tourists then.... MAKE IT A 50,000 BAHT FINE. THEN WORD WILL SPREAD AND THESE GUYS MIGHT START BEING CIVIL TO TOURISTS AND BEHAVE THEMSELVES!

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If it stops him doing it again, it's progress....

When he making 100K a day from his scams 1K is hardly a problem for him. Will be easy to adjust your scam to cover the 1K expected fines.

The guy should've got a prison sentence for Assault with a weapon and intentionally causing injury. Should've also been banned for life from working in the tourism industry. Giving a thug a hug and nice cup of warm milk hardly deters others.

Why not line him up and shoot them all.....burn all the books, throw them in jail....hang them from the highest tree.....perhaps throw all the children in jail so they never become future jet ski operators.....better yet sterilize every person so they can prevent future jet ski operators......

Banned for life from working in the tourist industry......just where do you come from........my guess would be the nanny state of Australia.........never laughed so hard at a response in the last year.....good god..........you should be a stand up comedian.

I was probably a little harsh saying he should be banned from the industry. The tourism industry needs to recruit more people like him. Having someone grab a weapon and beat a customer actually encourages more trade and tourism will go through the roof. Tourist love this stuffbiggrin.png .

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

not to make a joking comment but,

Isn't smoking in a non-smoking area subjected to a higher fine? wasn't it about 2000 baht or so?

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