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British bar owner on Koh Phangan says council man ripped him off and wanted bribes

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British bar owner on Koh Phangan says council man ripped him off and wanted bribes

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KOH PHANGAN:-- A British bar owner on the island of Koh Phangan has filed a complaint with police about corruption at his local administration office.

 

Lance Wayne, (name transliterated from Thai) 50, claims that five men from the local administration came to his bar and took him, a DJ and a customer forcibly to the local offices to investigate them.

 

He said that the men took two cash registers as evidence that were opened up later. They contained 21,900 baht, he alleged.

 

He claimed that deputy ampher chief Wisarut Dechun took 21,000 baht for himself in exchange for not booking him for running an illegal operation.

 

Lance said this was the third such visit to extort money from him.

 

He said that his operation was entirely legal.

 

The deputy chief has denied everything.

 

Lance said that the men arrived at 2am and demanded money. 

 

They found a customer who had a marijuana joint with him and he was taken in with the owner and the DJ. All were released - the customer after the other two. 

 

The customer was allegedly fined 10,000 baht.

 

Lance said he was losing a lot of money from this activity and had had enough - he had consulted a lawyer before contacting police.

 

Reporters found deputy Wisarut who admitted that he had visited the bar but he claimed it was because it was illegal. He said just two people accompanied them back to the local offices.

 

While they were there he received calls over the phone from elders advising him to let them go without charge. This he said he did, returning the cash registers and a machine used by the DJ.

 

He said he took no money and demanded no bribe. He said he was fully prepared to be investigated and had nothing to hide.

 

The matter is now in the hands of the Koh Phangan police.

 

Source: Thairath

 

 
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Part of the cost of doing business here,they can always 

find somthing to use to extort you.I cannot see this ending

well for  Mr Wayne.

regards worgeordie

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Dont worry mate Prayut will have Thailand Corruption free soon and its on the CUsp of becoming a first world country, Have you not been listening to father Prayut

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Doing business in Thailand as a foreigner is always a dangerous affair. Upset the wrong person, and you will always land up in trouble. 

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I assume the CCTV footage will verify his claim of the late visit. 

 

Remember that all bars must have a working CCTV system as a part of the licence conditions.

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Exposing mafia activities has a high price here, he better get outta there while still alive..

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I guess his lawyer advise him to go to police, it may go to way's since its in the open now and Prayut don't say he try to end this corruption and don't like when things come out on Internet so they may do something to stop it. The other way it's the end for the bar owner and he better go back home. Hoping for the best and that the goverment show now that they are the one in charge and take care of business in a honest way.

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8 hours ago, Chivas said:

 

lol so assuming he's telling the truth he's a fool for accepting he must be ripped off.....??  Thats a yes or no answer

It may have been foolish not to expect this to happen!

Dodgy place to do business, the locals feel foreigners have no rights and are hence easy targets.

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So what is the problem? Does he think he is back in his "hamlet"?

Maybe he is a new arrival.

 

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I hope Lance is prepared for a defamation lawsuit. And best he not post any of the incident on the internet or he'll face possible cyber crimes as well - intent to damage the reputation of the nation, etc. As others psted, best to walk away.

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21,900 bht.in the till,that is very foolish to start with,you put the 1,000bht.notes in your pockets,before SOMEONE ELSE DOE'S.

seems like he is new here,doing business in thailand is,YOU SCRATCH MY BACK,I WILL SCRATCH YOURS.

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This kind of money is absolutely unknown in the entertainment industry, especially in bars. Unheard....Not  in England for sure 5555

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Lance has been abused by the police since the day he opened. Good for him for taking a stand.

 

You can only push some people so far.

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