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Foreign tourist among dead as van hits "song thaew" on Koh Lanta

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...is this appropriate?
 

Maybe. Often the fastest way to notify relatives these days is through social media.

If it were my loved one it wouldn't matter if it was on TV or several days later from a tap on the door by a cop.. Same devastation regardless

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On 11/04/2017 at 8:49 PM, Rhys said:

 

...is this appropriate?

 

Not in Western countries, but dead foreigner's passport photos and details are habitually released in the press here. Your question would be seen as correct in a Western context but overly fussy or mystifying in a Thai context. The only exception I could think of would be a Westerner with status in Thais' eyes such as a diplomat or an important investor. Then it would definitely be inappropriate.

 

I hope this answers your question.

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9 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Not in Western countries, but dead foreigner's passport photos and details are habitually released in the press here. Your question would be seen as correct in a Western context but overly fussy or mystifying in a Thai context. The only exception I could think of would be a Westerner with status in Thais' eyes such as a diplomat or an important investor. Then it would definitely be inappropriate.

 

I hope this answers your question.

It answered the question, but does not help to excuse the gross ignorance

 

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On 2017-4-6 at 0:48 PM, daveAustin said:

Witnesses said that the two vehicles collided after the van experienced a burst front right tire.

 

Bald and over-inflated?

 

What a way to end your holiday.

Having survived a half day tour in a 'death van' ,  I'm still shaking.   Ten of us in the van, while the driver rushed to various tourist sites in Phuket.

In the first 20 minutes, the driver accumulated more than $3000 in fines, had he been in Australia. Tailgating, changing lanes and not indicating, in the wrong lane at the traffic lights, jumping into gaps between traffic.

Eventually, he attempted to pass a slow-moving truck on a blind mountain  corner, clearly marked with a solid road marking;  Another Aussie sitting behind me let fly at the driver and told him to slow down and stop trying to kill us all.

He got a well-deserved bollocking, and slowed down somewhat on the return trip.

He obviously graduated with first class honours at a kamikaze school.

Never again!!!

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