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In court, Yutthana was sentenced to six months in jail and fined B4,000. Because he had pleaded guilty, the sentence was halved to three months and B2,000, and the jail term was suspended for a year.

And with the mind of a dirty old man, I’m wondering: how much did he have to pay for this?

Btw- after pulling out my glasses and reading between the lines I read:

Police confessed they were part in how Phuket's public beaches were rented out - for billions (for decades)

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What did Yutthana do wrong? He got a permit from the Mayor and then rented his services to hotels.

Quite and it seems everyone missed the elephant in the room which is that in the parallel case against the Patong Mayor and district officer for Kathu was ....... Dismissed in the Administrative Court.

So the small fry who paid the Government Official for the 'municipality permit' in Karon gets a slap whilst the guys in Patong get off Scott free. Unfortunately details of the parallel case are not given but I assume for a similar set of circumstances?

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Now we have a clearer picture of the money these people claim to have contributed to the country.

As I said before, not even one Satang.

They all went to the pockets of the Mayor and his mafia colleagues.

Well done to the army for exposing another scum.

And commiserations to the people that don't like the present government.

They only go after the pebble they want they control the press so to understand you have to look closer

The self elected pm needs friends to stay so he already chose

But good for you you get played that easy then no worries

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Lets hope they have to pay back every baht to the government plus time in the monkey house...

If the six year old case quoted as an example is any precedent, they will have to pay a fine of 2000 baht and lose their sunbeds.

Big deal. Quite how that serves as a deterrent, I have no idea.

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today in pattaya the police and military were measuring beach vendors spaces,the vendors were noticably ''pissed'' i was told the rows of chairs and umberellas which sometimes are 5 deep,will be reduced to (2) rows per section..as we know on high tide it is impossible to walk the beach as the vendors take up all the space....this is terrific news.....sawadee (love the crap)

Same is true in Jomtien today: tape measures, about 5-6 cops with other official looking types at various sites up and down beach. Umbrella people didn't look too happy.

"“Tomorrow about 15 sunbed operators will be summoned to the police station to be charged with trespassing on public land." I think that approach is a bit harsh. They dealt with officials and paid fees so they could do business. That went to pockets of corrupt politicians for sure, but who else would they get permission from? Report it to police? Ghostbusters? Who you gonna call? I think losing their investment in umbrellas and related vending stock is punishment enough. As far as government abuse, triple damages of money they stole from people of Thailand, 15 years minimum in prison hard labor.

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What did Yutthana do wrong? He got a permit from the Mayor and then rented his services to hotels.

Quite and it seems everyone missed the elephant in the room which is that in the parallel case against the Patong Mayor and district officer for Kathu was ....... Dismissed in the Administrative Court.

So the small fry who paid the Government Official for the 'municipality permit' in Karon gets a slap whilst the guys in Patong get off Scott free. Unfortunately details of the parallel case are not given but I assume for a similar set of circumstances?

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That was an old case from years ago, with the court most probably in on it for a nice easy sentence. Let's see what happens this go round with the ex Patong mayor already being charged with numerous crimes. He won't get off so light this time I would hope.

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a map of Kata Beach clearly showing how the entire beach had been divided up, and naming the operators for each of the 31 slices, which run from the top of the beach to about halfway to the high tide line.

The map notes that the total length of the beach is 1,497.2 metres and the space for sunbeds takes up 1,087 metres of that length

That shows some sophisticated organization. So, Take that! All you Thai-bashers who are always going on about how Thais are disorganized goofballs!

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I like that comment!!! I hear it all the time about the "disorganized, stupid thais who apparently don't know how to do anything right"..... I hear that almost as much as I hear about the "highly intelligent foreigner being scammed" by the "disorganized, stupid thais who apparently don't know how to do anything right"... interesting!

I do not see the ability to organize sleze and corruption to be a big plus.

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Democracy is so overrated....nothing better than a (mostly) benevolent dictatorship to clean up the mess....so far, it seems good

Benevolent Dictatorship is a Urban Legend. Not in history has one turned into anything good. Tito came close, but no cigar.

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Luckily I can bring my own sun bed, as sittin' in the sand SUCKS sad.png

If you arrive on a bicycle with a beach mat and your own food and drink then there's no need to subscribe to this nonsense.

Get a few black stares from vendors and sun lounger bums but then winding up those that are out to stitch you is all part of the fun.

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Great work again PM keep it up you are slowly making thailand a little more tourist friendly

Please don't forget the jet ski mafia they have done more damage to tourism in thailand than is being spoken about .

please ban them off every beach they will never stop their extortion tactics.

It was previously mentioned on one of these forums that Jet ski mafia own the police please don't let them control the army the same way.

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but the other side tourist need sun beds and umbrellas. so someone have to rent.

I'm not a sun and sand kind of guy. I prefer mountains or forests to the seaside. 43 years ago I was stationed at the Army camp, Camp Samae San, at Sattahip. In the American military, the Army operates the sea ports. We also operated the trucks that distributed supplies to all the Air Force bases in Thailand.

Anyway, Camp Samae San had an absolutely marvelous white sand beach, at least half a mile long, probably longer. There was not one sun bed, not one umbrella there. Recently, my extended family took me down to Sattahip, because one of the nephews is in the Royal Thai Navy down there, and we went to the beach. This one is owned by the Navy and is a public beach, no charge, free parking. It was crowded, but is a beautiful white sand beach. Not one sunbed or umbrella on the beach. I've seen sunbeds at Pattaya and never understood why people paid for them. Throw a blanket down on the sand and roast to your heart's content. I've never been to Phuket, and expect never to go.

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