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New Zealand father and son arrested at Phuket Airport over Patong restaurant bill

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i had to skip on 2 cans of coke from the hotel fridge 10 years because the bus arrived early and there was no one in reception to take my money.......im living on borrowed time then.....

Why not buy them in 7-11 instead of paying about double the price from the hotel minibar?

When I used to stay in hotels I used to ask the front desk to empty the minibar and then I would stock it with what I wanted from 7/11 etc at a better price.

Any hotel room I go in to which has a minibar in the fridge, I just take everything out, I don't even bother to ask the front desk. I then put my own things in it, then

replace the hotels things back in the fridge just before I check out.

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Ahh, a new twist...

Our scams are now retroactive, with police support of course.

One more nail in the tourist coffin, Thailand. At least you've found some degree of consistency.

What scam?

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Nothing "retroactive" about it. The arrest warrant was issued in 2013 after they (allegedly) skipped on their bill. They returned in 2015 and were caught. No different than if a warrant was issued today but the suspect isn't caught until 2+ years later.

Unless you are trying to suggest that walking out on a restaurant bill isn't a scam but being arrested and held accountable for doing so is ?

Must have been a fairly substantial bill for the restaurant to file a complaint and an arrest warrant to be issued.

Exactly, an inflated bill and that's why this restaurant has been previously accused of cheating customers. Another Thailand scam.

You don't know the difference between "substantial" and " inflated"? So no "exactly" about it at all.

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That restaurant owner must have some big connections. Immigration officers plus 4 Kathu police needed to get these criminals. I would also want to pose proudly behind these hardened criminals and smile knowing that I've made Thailand a safer place. After all, it's a well known fact that those who are accused of cheating on a restaurant bill are likely to kill.

The Thai Immigration guys were only doing their job. They get handed a passport, put it in the computer, see there is Warning, a warrant out on the passport holder, and inform the authorities.They, and the immediately informed authorities, do not know what the warrants are for, they are just doing the job their paid for. The warrant, whether it is for little matter like this or for an act of international terrorism, is information not privie to them. They are not the judge, jury and executioner, that a visitor like you, with all the post incident information, have the self appointed power to be.

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Kill someone, have money and / or be HiSo and you walk.

Maybe cheat on a Restaurant, you go to the Monkey House.

TiT...

They were imprisoned? Where did you get that from?

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They have apparently been released already, but if they stayed at that resort, this may have happened without them knowing it. Here's what happened to me at a hotel in The Philippines a couple of weeks ago:

When checking out, I paid the bill with my credit card, including food and beverages consumed at the restaurant during my one week stay. For some reason, I checked the list, and found that the dinner from the night before wasn't there. If I hadn't checked, I would have left the hotel with an unpaid restaurant bill.

I don't claim that this is what happened, but it is a possibility, and if it is, that may be the reason why they were let off without any problems.

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Nothing "retroactive" about it. The arrest warrant was issued in 2013 after they (allegedly) skipped on their bill. They returned in 2015 and were caught. No different than if a warrant was issued today but the suspect isn't caught until 2+ years later.

Unless you are trying to suggest that walking out on a restaurant bill isn't a scam but being arrested and held accountable for doing so is ?

Must have been a fairly substantial bill for the restaurant to file a complaint and an arrest warrant to be issued.

You are so wrong. This is Thailand where money buys these kind of things. Seriously, how about the guy who got blacklisted when he went toe to toe with a student who stole his writings and was blacklisted. The "student" had legal charges against himself and still managed to pay off an immigration official to blacklist the professor.

No way in hell does a person rack up a 15000 baht restaurant bill in Thailand unless hes at the top of the Conrad Hilton in BKK, it just isnt possible. And to blacklist a person for an "ALLEGED" crime, not substantiated is typical of the crazy tactics used in the country. Great example of the madness is the KT trial going on right now where the police are using DNA that does not match to try and convict innocent people.

You need to think about the whole picture before you spout off with your comments. They are incorrect.

"You need to think about the whole picture before you spout off with your comments. They are incorrect."

No, he doesn't, but you do.

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What a joke. So police had been monitoring the names of who is entering phuket and an unpaid restaurant bill is on the list of offenders? So CCTV was used to identify them? Not good at catching terrorists but " restauarant bunkers" in years past is our speciality! Pathetic!

Ever consider that the computer probably threw up their names as there was a warrant outstanding?

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i think everyone should read the review's on this place before commenting,2out of 3 that i read,cheated,very very unfreindly.

the first being 2yrs.ago must have been a bad yr.for them.

“A mixed experience, one that will take me some time to get over”

Please read this review from Sara, an Australian who stayed there with her two children in June 2015, she ended up getting arrested too, the owner is obvious big time mafia in Phuket and controls the corrupted Patong police. bah.gif

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297930-d575754-r292460506-Centara_Blue_Marine_Resort_and_Spa_Phuket-Patong_Kathu_Phuket.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

Perhaps you should read the review again, she didn't get arrested.

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The MIBS look so proud ! A big catch like this ! It was worth taking a photo !

RI-DI-CU-LOUS

Yes, the whole thing is ridiculous.

Everybody pays cash in Thailand because so many places don't accept credit cards, and how many of them give a receipt?

No, everyone does not pay cash, there are very few places these days that do not accept credit cards and any half decent place will provide receipts, particularly for large amounts.

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i had to skip on 2 cans of coke from the hotel fridge 10 years because the bus arrived early and there was no one in reception to take my money.......im living on borrowed time then.....

Why not buy them in 7-11 instead of paying about double the price from the hotel minibar?

When I used to stay in hotels I used to ask the front desk to empty the minibar and then I would stock it with what I wanted from 7/11 etc at a better price.

Any hotel room I go in to which has a minibar in the fridge, I just take everything out, I don't even bother to ask the front desk. I then put my own things in it, then

replace the hotels things back in the fridge just before I check out.

Exactly, not a difficult task to do.

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and you write this without even knowing if they are guilty or innocent of leaving without paying their bill?

You don't get it, do you? Nothing to do with being guilty or not but with the fact that this would not happen anywhere else and that it is tied to connections and bribes. TV members.....

TV members indeed, this is very likely to happen in many countries if it is reported to the police.

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On what charge is the boy being held?

Are you on the right thread? There is no boy involved in this report, there are two adult men though.

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Nothing "retroactive" about it. The arrest warrant was issued in 2013 after they (allegedly) skipped on their bill. They returned in 2015 and were caught. No different than if a warrant was issued today but the suspect isn't caught until 2+ years later.

Unless you are trying to suggest that walking out on a restaurant bill isn't a scam but being arrested and held accountable for doing so is ?

Must have been a fairly substantial bill for the restaurant to file a complaint and an arrest warrant to be issued.

Exactly, an inflated bill and that's why this restaurant has been previously accused of cheating customers. Another Thailand scam.

You don't know the difference between "substantial" and " inflated"? So no "exactly" about it at all.

Obviously inflated, because the settlement suggests that the restaurant accepted substantially less than the amount presented on the check. I'm sure the Phuket police happily accepted their share of the catch. The scamming continues with direct support of a corrupt police department.

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