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More hotel raids expected as tourist season hots up in Chiang Mai

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Yes YES clean up the lot..let's close down those 600 illegally operating hotels . let's stay at " good morning campus"???

 

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This hit and run, hit and miss police activity is sad; why did they pick that hotel? why not the whorehouse next door? why are some laws enforced on some and not on others? I think we all know. TIT.

 

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Slavery was legal
Discriminating jews in Nazi Germany was legal
Torture in the US is legal
Killing people with drones is legal [in the US]
 
... Laws should always be questioned as they are rarely good for the people !!!

Yep not having a hotel licence is right up there with killing and torture lol

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It is quite common in Asia to start business without license and authorities will come and give papers anyway.

 

If you apply for license and wait, probably only next generation can start the business.

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38 minutes ago, brain150 said:

 

Slavery was legal

Discriminating jews in Nazi Germany was legal

Torture in the US is legal

Killing people with drones is legal [in the US]

 

... Laws should always be questioned as they are rarely good for the people !!!

Torture is not legal in the US, killing bad people with drones is.   Technology and laws evolve.

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5 hours ago, mcfish said:

Nothing wrong with enforcing the law,its not fair on those who are legal and doing the right thing

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That's all very well and good if the government is running efficiently. But I have some sympathy for the owner if the proper paperwork has been submitted in a reasonable timeframe and hotel is ready to go, and you're told that you cannot get approvals because of a backlog. This should not be an issue ... it means that there is something wrong on the government side (bad processes, insufficient personnel, etc.). Can you imagine how much money the owner would be losing on a weekly basis due to this government backlog?

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5 minutes ago, Saraburi121 said:

Torture is not legal in the US, killing bad people with drones is.   Technology and laws evolve.

It was back when waterboarding was practiced ... oh yeah, that wasn't torture, it was only enhanced interrogation.  

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Why did they not just ask to see a copy of the licence application which supposedly has been submitted?

As a prerequisite for licence issue fire escapes, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers , guest insurances etc are on the checklist.

Trying a brown envelope for a legitimate hotel licence could land you in prison.

They are reserved for bars, nightclubs & "massage parlours"

Had they joined  the Hotel Association?

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4 hours ago, fstarbkk said:

The government announced yesterday that 600 of 953 Hotels in CM are operating without the proper license. Ask yourself why this is suddenly a priority issue, in the wake of the Malin Sky affair.

 

Perhaps nothing is fixed or improved in C M because the fees the local government should be getting are non existent.

The city is falling apart and nothing is done for the public infrastructure.

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That's all very well and good if the government is running efficiently. But I have some sympathy for the owner if the proper paperwork has been submitted in a reasonable timeframe and hotel is ready to go, and you're told that you cannot get approvals because of a backlog. This should not be an issue ... it means that there is something wrong on the government side (bad processes, insufficient personnel, etc.). Can you imagine how much money the owner would be losing on a weekly basis due to this government backlog?

Thais are masterful liars and it's a good excuse .however Slowly run government departments when it comes to permits and licencing is most certainly not unique to Thailand.

That hotel is not insured. If some one slips and cracks their skull they won't able to sue for damages.

No licence shut them down, no excuses!

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35 minutes ago, Docno said:

It was back when waterboarding was practiced ... oh yeah, that wasn't torture, it was only enhanced interrogation.  

This news article was date December 9.2016.  Long after the practice was done away with.  Back to the article we are commenting on. Sorry for getting off topic.  I dislike reading  comments that stray off into the political too far and not the topic. hat way09 hit it talking about safety.

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Surely part of the reason for the license is to confirm that all the appropriate safety rules are in place. If the local government won't enforce the rules it's a good thing that the army is doing so.
What would you say if hundreds of people died in a fire in this unlicensed hotel??

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Sometimes translating from Thai to English can be tricky. One example is the Thai for "there is a big backlog" actually translates into English as "there is not enough in this envelope".  

This is not the West:  Without the requisite "paperwork" in the envelope the licence will never be issued, and even for those establishments that have a licence, unless they have powerful friends then it is inevitable that the BIB etc. will find some "problem" with the licence so that they can still get their tea money.  TIT. 

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