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  1. See now, you vented and got your opinions lodged on this thread, basically repeating what's already been said for 44 pages, and after you called for a close to this topic! Also, FYI, no use addressing Thai Immigration directly here; they aren't likely to read it. But still, feels good, doesn't it?
  2. Looking at the photos in linked article, is Google driving around on narrow foot paths now? I get the second photo, there's a soi there, you can see it in the background on the first photo. But look at the angle on the first photo. Something not right with that, at least not like the usual Google Street View I've seen.
  3. That's a good point about "audits". A necessary beast, good to have another sets of eyes on things from time to time, but the outsiders and their recommendations, must be calibrated to local issues and nuances. That's where the local BE Diplodunks had an opportunity to either shine, or cut and run. The uber safe recommendation to protect the client (UK) against an obvious, but probably unlikely, risk of legal accountability, would be to get rid of the letters altogether. From the BE's perspective, it gets the Thais off their back, to whatever extent they were. Removes the slightest, unnecessary risk and accountability ~ Cover Your A** (CYA). Reduces the amount of contact, even via post, they must endure with the unwashed masses, and sheds an annoying paper tiger courtesy program, which they probably despised and resented all along. Win Win2. All it costs is a few thousand Brits thrown under the bus, then weather the shit storm for a while, until it fades away. The manner in which BE handled this, and their churlish, impersonal attitude afterward, really rubs your nose in it though.
  4. 55Jay

    Cannot adjust shower temp

    OK, thanks. Admit not knowing what a "Hydraulic Multipoint" water heater is vs. the Instant type.
  5. Surely there are some, maybe even quite a few. Tons? Guess we'll find out in a couple months unless an adult somewhere in the UK gets their arms around this. I don't know what your professional background and understanding of government and diplomatic mission priorities is, but think about it. Does it seem feasible that an Embassy would actually send a letter, possibly more than one, out to various government entities, or private entities, investment brokerages, banks, etc., possibly foreign/third party countries, asking to verify the income of some random dude on the other side of the world? Require the recipients to provide a response ASAP. What if they don't? What if they don't respond at all? Do this on demand for whoever turns up at the Embassy asking for it. Over and over again. Just to satisfy some random requirement by a 3rd/Developing World country's Immigration service.
  6. 55Jay

    Cannot adjust shower temp

    If you mostly take showers, not baths, why not unscrew the discharge hose from the blue pvc connection leading down to the faucet/mixer, then attach it directly to the shower sprayer? I may have circled the wrong one below - whichever is the discharge side - mine is water input on the left, discharge on the right. May not solve all the hot/cold issue. That could be exacerbated by a pressure pump cycling on and off during the shower. Pump on = colder water. Pump off = hotter water.
  7. All good stuff you've mentioned, although the last part is a bit harsh. There's obviously a bit more to the BE's sudden, inflexible interpretation, and earnest desire to comply with the sometimes whimsical natives, at the expense of a few thousand Brits. I really thought they would have shown a bit more grit.
  8. Because the BE is about to give many Brits here the Royal Shaft. I'd be angry too. I don't know if any Brits falsify their income support documents. It's not unthinkable that some Brits who were cutting it close to the bone before the Pound took a severe beating in recent years, may have slipped below the mark. Given the availability of home publishing and editing software, wouldn't be terribly difficult to do, especially in light of the fact there isn't any "actual verification" going on to begin with. The BE themselves have virtually admitted that through their actions. If they were, it wouldn't be the Brits in this position. It would be the Yanks and others. But that's not the case.
  9. What do you mean, "verify"? The UK Embassy doesn't even do that, which is what this is all about. Apparently.
  10. The US letter advertises what it is, and what it isn't, in very plain language. It's right there on the label. The fact Thai Immigration has and continues to accept them means they aren't "worthless" at all. They accept the same kind of letters from other Embassies here as well. The US letters don't cost as much as the UK. No extra papers to fiddle around with up front, but have them ready in the event Thai Immigration wants to see them - fair enough. They don't take as long to obtain and in the end, accomplish the very same thing as the UK letters. Ironic, innit?
  11. I rather like the suggestion made earlier, or in a related thread, about "life time" Government/State pensions. Vett the applicant's identification thoroughly, verify the pension and register that with the Embassy. It would be a front end work load investment but once it's done, it's done. Speaking from the American perspective, ideally, I could request a letter from the Embassy on-line with a 2-step security check of some kind. They spit out the letter and mail it to me - pay by credit card, bank transfer, whatever... I don't have to drag my ass down to BKK, and they have one less warm body clogging up their security check point and service desk. Granted, it would only save work load for those with pensions that satisfy the 65k requirement, or cash top up. Bringing private income sources into the mix puts you back in the same boat.
  12. Nope. That's the 65,000 Baht question. I rather doubt Thai Immigration could verify non-government income in Thailand on demand, repeatedly, for 1,000s of people. They are mired in their provincial rice bowls and red tape to the extent they may not even trust the veracity of their own documents among themselves.
  13. Well, with enough resources, legal authority and a mandate to justify the kind of broad access necessary, and the time it would take to do each one, they "could" verify it. It's simply not a priority. Seems they can't even be bothered to do what they are doing now.
  14. Yes, I think so. Seems to have worked for the others. Somebody over there at the BE spit the dummy on this one, and now they are doubling down. My prediction is BE will roll over and carry on doing the letters, perhaps adopting clear "We don't guarantee nuffin' " verbiage like the Yanks and others. If the Thais think someone's trying to pull a fast one, they have every right to ask for more evidence which, for the Brits, should be easy as they have it in hand already.
  15. I know, right? Same requirement for all of us. Yet, nobody else seems to be having a problem. Odd, innit?