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German tourists robbed on Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus

 

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CHIANG MAI: -- Two German tourists were robbed of 550 Euros taken from their bags on a Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus on Wednesday.

 

The tourists had bought the tickets cheap at Khao Sarn Road. Police said they had travelled on an unregistered service that was set up to rip them off, reported Thairath.

 

The tourists - Jurgen Lotter 26, and girlfriend Jemin Sippel, 26, bought their tickets on Tuesday.

 

They thought they would be taken to the bus station in Chiang Mai but were dumped at a petrol station in Saraphi instead. They noticed they had lost money from two bags but the driver an staff were not interested in their plight.

 

They reported to torist police who took them to the regular cops. The tourists remembered two young people getting on and sitting at the back of the bus.

 

Police said that the service was clearly operating a con whereby the people who got on went through the tourists' bags.

 

They said this has happened many times in the past but the practice had gone quiet recently.

 

They are studying CCTV and attempting to track down the people responsible.

 

Source: Thairath

 
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The tourists had bought the tickets cheap at Khao Sarn Road. Police said they had travelled on an unregistered service that was set up to rip them off, reported Thairath.

 

So, they basically know all the black sheep, but let them operate? Wasn't an Anti corruption thingy going on? Oh, not really?

 And not having an eye on your money is a huge mistake.

 

      Willkommen in Thailand. :rolleyes:

 

       

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This used to happen here 40 years ago. Apparently little has changed.

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why would you keep your money in a bag ? i always keep my money on MY PERSON in a front pocket in a crowed , market bus ect.

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Yeah, like you are here for the first time and will notice that the bus is not registered???

Ohh, you have cheap ticket to ChiengMai? ok, please show your registration for transporting tourists to ChiengMai....

The blame is on the law enforcement, they should be sued for causing this.

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A 550 Euro lesson, hopefully learned.

 

So, what's the fine for operating a non-registered service? Let me guess...

 

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It amazes me the way some people look after their money

Keeping it in a bag at the back of a bus or just leaving it on the seat of a taxi

How do these people manage to dress themselves each morning

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All these tourists are learning about the real Thailand. And I noticed, almost all of them have said we'll come back again.

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Well, I think this guy had his mind on something other than maintaining personal security, complimented by some cold beers on Khao Sahn. It doesn't take a bank security officer to know that you keep your money down your pants or at least around your neck. Nevertheless, the behaviour of the two bit thieves should be offered complimentary accommodations at the Bangkok Hilton for a spell without amenities. It seems fruitless to report it to the police, but at least it brings bad light to the tour bus company (hopefully) to get not be so complacent when it comes to the well being of their passengers.

 

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2 hours ago, lostinisaan said:

 

So, they basically know all the black sheep, but let them operate? Wasn't an Anti corruption thingy going on? Oh, not really?

 And not having an eye on your money is a huge mistake.

       

 

 

37 minutes ago, AlQaholic said:

Yeah, like you are here for the first time and will notice that the bus is not registered???

Ohh, you have cheap ticket to ChiengMai? ok, please show your registration for transporting tourists to ChiengMai....

The blame is on the law enforcement, they should be sued for causing this.

 

 

Many years ago the bus tickets sold in Khaosan Rd were for legitimate and registered bus companies. Sure, tourists got robbed, but mostly by other passengers, some of which would travel the buses to tourist destinations for the sole purpose of stealing from the tourists.

About 20 years ago a different bus service has started in Khasan Rd - chartered buses for tourists only. These buses - known to Thais a "bus 30" are not allowed to travel on regular routes and collect money from passengers. In order to keep the fare as low as possible the companies used were not the best companies, and many times in order to add to their income, the staff were stealing money and valuables from passenger (Thai people were not allowed to travel on these services). Those buses would usually avoid regular check points. In most cases in the past, passengers were offered 1st free night at a guest house in Chiang Mai, and the company that arranged the bus would get a commission for each guest. There was a period (not sure if that still going on) that passengers were "sold" to guest houses in Chiang Mai and the bus would drop the passengers at the guest house itself and it was not easy for the passengers to refuse staying at the place. Bus fares were down to about 50 THB ($2 at the time) for the ride of 700 Km....

How can passengers know? Well, there is a saying that if something is too cheap, it is suspicious... today, with the internet anyone can check normal bus services anywhere in Thailand for schedules as well as prices. So if you see that the normal fare is 500 THB up and you are offered a ticket for say 250-300, you should guess something is fishy. 

 

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7 minutes ago, TerrylSky said:

Good grief; 500 baht? Of course it's good to report thieves if not hang them too, but I would write it off as a lesson in poor judgement , naivety, carelessness, and a lack of common judgment while travelling in a foreign country. Needless to say, it's a bad thing that lazy idiots have to steal baht from good hearted, fun filled farang, but gee.  Me, I would have swiftly wrote it off as a lesson and have learned from it. Lot's of police hours, sacrificed vacation time drinking beer at Thapae Gate, added stress, loss of face... ... ... ...

 

 500 Euros, NOT Baht

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...another........known........ organized scam/ripoff .........

 

...that continues to operate......unscathed.......

 

...while the victims are treated like criminals......

 

...wow.....

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27 minutes ago, Borzandy said:

All these tourists are learning about the real Thailand. And I noticed, almost all of them have said we'll come back again.

 

   This really isnt the "real" Thailand .

Thefts rarely occur on legitimate buses .

This is just a rogue bus company and thus it cannot be regarded as the real Thailand 

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1 hour ago, AlQaholic said:

Yeah, like you are here for the first time and will notice that the bus is not registered???

Ohh, you have cheap ticket to ChiengMai? ok, please show your registration for transporting tourists to ChiengMai....

The blame is on the law enforcement, they should be sued for causing this.

How can anyone blame something that does not exist???

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