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Malaysian tourists fleeced by Thai police end up getting their money back, only to return it to offi

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Malaysian tourists fleeced by Thai police end up getting their money back, only to return it to officers

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SONGKHLA:-- Two Malaysian tourists in the southern border town of Sadao who were suspected of being fleeced by police for having a "vaping" cigarette ended up getting their money back!

Then the tourists promptly returned it to other officers for their help in ensuring that justice prevailed!

The bizarre story unfolded when the two tourists were driving in downtown Sadao and were stopped by two officers at a checkpoint and searched. Officers found an electronic cigarette used for vaping.

The officers initially ordered them to pay 20,000 baht in fines but when the two men said they only had around 5,000 they settled for that. Later the two tourists filed a complaint with Sadao police and the officers involved have been suspended while an investigation takes place.

In a surprising twist senior officers feeling sorry for the tourists - Teo Zhen Yew and Teo Choo Hwee - returned the money. But the incident was not over. As a mark of thanks for their swift action in following up on the case and being fair the tourists donated the money back to the police.

Asked whether they would be arrested again for using electronic cigarettes in the kingdom, the police said "may pen rai" or never mind.

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are ecigs illegal in thailand?

Technically yes. Sale has been prohibited for some time but many of my friends use them and seem to have no trouble getting the liquids etc.

I suspect that, in this case, the officers were using the possession of the kit as an excuse to buy some tea.

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But there is no corruption in the BIB ranks, just 'misunderstandings'

I simply don't get it. Robbed, unrobbed, robbed, unrobbed, unhappy, happy. I give up.

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"tourists donated the money back to the police" = So they are effectively condoning the initial actions, well done idiots! Not surprising from a country that "Says nothing" to their PM receiving 1 B in cash while the average person eats lunch for 2 bucks a day.

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are ecigs illegal in thailand?

Technically yes. Sale has been prohibited for some time but many of my friends use them and seem to have no trouble getting the liquids etc.

I suspect that, in this case, the officers were using the possession of the kit as an excuse to buy some tea.

The actual possession and use (personal use only) is legal (90% sure on that) but the import for sales purposes is illegal. New Ministry of Commerce regulations make "e-cigarettes" and other items banned from transfer in and out of Thailand.

http://nwnt.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNSOC5902190010019

The 8 goods that have been banned from being transferred in and out of Thailand include products that infringe upon intellectual property, reproductions of licensed goods, hookahs and E-Cigarettes, gaming devices, elephant products, ancient artifacts, Buddhist paraphernalia and caffeine. Those caught attempting to leave or enter the country with such items will be fined and imprisoned as well as have the goods confiscated along with any implements for transport.

In country, vaping is not allowed where smoking is not allowed.

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So they are effectively condoning the initial actions

No, they got the original two officers suspended. Then they rewarded the police for acting fairly, and bought themselves some goodwill in the process. It's a game, one that Westerners seem to find baffling but that fellow Southeast Asians understand perfectly.

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...would be nice to be provided with a comprehensive list of what is legal and what is illegal in this country....

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my opinion is the police should not have taken the cash just recognised the generosity of the tourists and made that fact public

More brownie points to be had in this type of action,

ops----- but you cant spend brownie points can you giggle.gif

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...would be nice to be provided with a comprehensive list of what is legal and what is illegal in this country....

you don't need a list , only one word" MAYBE"

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Yes the police refusing to receive the money back would have made this a nice story. But now it is a bit icky.

Of course here it is normal for police to recieve a monetary gift for doing their job.

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"tourists donated the money back to the police" = So they are effectively condoning the initial actions, well done idiots! Not surprising from a country that "Says nothing" to their PM receiving 1 B in cash while the average person eats lunch for 2 bucks a day.

You must understand that them donating the money back is actually a form of tea money to ensure that they are taken completely off the police radar and not bothered during their future escapades, whatever they may be.

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...would be nice to be provided with a comprehensive list of what is legal and what is illegal in this country....

Depends on how much money you have. Simple as that. Have enough money and nothing is illegal. Have nothing, and anything is.

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