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  1. That’s how it’s been explained to me too. While they may have independent operating structures, reporting commands and such, from a legal jurisdictional basis, I’ve always understood that they (tourist police) have the same - no more or no less - statutory authority as other non-tourist police officers have.. again, from a statutory jurisdictional basis only
  2. new2here

    Deportees set to arrive from US

    I agree with sounds like the continuation of a rather established program whereby non-citizens who are convicted of a range of specified crimes in the US, are then later also subject to removal proceedings (to the county of their birth- in this case KH) on a post-incarceration basis. Theres a fair number of mainstream and secondary level news organization reports on this matter posted on YT.
  3. I think the reason that the solutions presented are largely “all” or “none” types is that, this is how sudden, reactive responses tend to go BEFORE they have the time/opportunity to be better thought out, more input gained and a decent amount of trialing completed... kind of the proverbial “knee-jerk” reaction if you will ... but I think if given the right amount of time and if involving the right people, I’ll bet a good win-win can be found. For this reason, I tend to dislike the ever-so-famous Thai “crackdown” on this or that issue.... as they are rarely ever long lasting, don’t really provide for a meaningful long-term fix that all sides can agree with and usually only work when the immediate risk/fear of enforcement action is present. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. While I haven’t seen that area you speak to, it sounds as if that’s a doable and reasonable compromise. I’m not against them, but do think there needs some measure of control, enforcement of rule (ie proper taxes and VAT collected and paid), insuring that the free right of pedestrian movement on public footpaths etc are not materially impacted ...
  5. I tend to believe in the principle of reasonable balance. In that I don’t support the wholly (or mostly) unregulated existence of markets or sellers that obstruct recognized public foot paths, block roads or other areas that may be used in emergencies. In the same way, I also don’t agree with the wholesale, blanket prohibition of street sellers.. as I do think they can add some element of charm or personality to an area and may also serve as an income generation for a class of the population. so.. I think the key is to find and be able to maintain the right balance between maintaining the free-flow of pedestrians on recognized, publicly funded footpaths, insuring proper emergency, safety and security access together with keeping an areas’ charm or character as well as keeping economic opportunities open for those in the lower ranks. In the case of KSR, I think it really only needed a “tweak” or adjustment of how and where the sellers operate and not a wholesale removal - IMHO
  6. I agree that the BTS shouldn’t blame passengers... but... in this story, I don’t read it that the BTS is saying directly or implying that the cause of the door issue was due to passengers actions. To me, I think it was more of a warning not to lean because IF something like this happens, injury can occur.
  7. new2here

    Is it possible to be ripped off in a 711

    Under that scenario it would balanace. No system will be 100% fool proof as your example tries to illustrate.. that said, I do think that 7-elevens use of a fully automated register system, combined with - what appears to me to be a pretty common policy/practice of giving you a receipt - is a pretty solid safeguard to most common forms of “cheat”. But I cede that there can still be ways that a creative, determined cheater could exist... Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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    Filing a small claims / suing a company

    I have to agree with the others, on the whole, the level of consumer rights rules and the system and process in place to enforce and protect them is just not of the same standard as that as perhaps in countries like the US Or regions like the EU. Right or wrong is a different conversation, but this is just to say that IMHO, on a comparison basis alone, you don’t have the same level of rights or protections here. Could you move forward with legal action? Probably... but... before I did I’d want to first take a hard look at my case critically looking at the facts, what law, laws or company policies/warranties I have, what are the economics in play— then make a choice if the value is there for you to expend money to move forward. IMHO, unless you have a pretty solid written warranty and documentation showing a failure, and the amount of money is material, I’d probably just move on or accept one of their compromise solutions. Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  9. Remember that at Passport Offices - not just an acceptance faculty, but an official US DoS Passport Office, it is possible to get a SAME DAY passport as well.. But they are conditions an applicant must meet and the expedite fee still applies. I’ve done this twice - once in Seattle and the last time in San Francisco... both times, I met the conditions, had all the correct paperwork and photos and fee (be sure to check not only the amount payable, but also form of payment accepted. I recall sometimes cash is accepted but only exact amounts only, etc) The Passport Office won’t accept your renewal unless you can present all the required paperwork at the time of application. You can’t bring anything missing in the afternoon when your passport is ready. You’ve got to have it all at the time you apply. The timeline process was the same in Seattle and well as San Francisco.. apply in the morning before lunch break and get it back same day, in the later afternoon before closing time. Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
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    Is it possible to be ripped off in a 711

    I have only had this happen two times... and each time it was handled the same way. The registers have an internal accounting - such that at any given moment, the register can print a report (on receipt thermal paper) and show on screen, exactly how much cash should be in the register. Every time a cashier does a “drop” like large B1,000 notes, the register accounts for this.. just like when they get cash from the safe as well. So, when I said that I had been shorted X baht, the lead cashier pulled the accounting tape from the regifter and did a manual hard count of the cash in hand. Each time the girls cash recount was spot on and when compared to the register tape report, reflected that I had indeed been shorted (one time it was by 20 baht and the second time, by 30 baht). Each time they were polite and apologetic and gave me the correct change. An annoyance for sure, but given the reporting and ability to have real-time verified balances, I’d say the odds that any “on book” transaction was anything less than above-board, would be slim... it would be if something was paid for “off book” or without receipt, that is where I think this issue would pop up. Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
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    plastic wrap luggage for Intl flights?

    There are a few definite pluses... in no specific order... incliment weather — occasionally bags we wet when there is rain at the origin, destination or even transit points . This tends to be more problematic when you fly smaller aircraft like the 737 where bags are “loose” loaded and not containerized. So wrapping can help prevent or minimize weather damage bursting..: this tends to be more of an issue with boxes and other pieces that just don’t have the same “bursting” tension that a more traditional hard side or even soft sided bag might. So you’d probably get some benefit to wrapping a box. Theft ... IMHO, no bag is ever going to be 100% theft proof ... so, for me, the name of the game is “minimization” and to that end, I think wrapping helps make your bag less desirable than perhaps another not-wrapped bag might be.. again, not guarantees, but I think it can help.
  12. While I’m not a fan of loss of life period, I do think there is some measure of personal responsibility in that if you choose to get drunk and by extension, can’t control yourself, where you go, who you choose to interact with and how you chose to interact, then there can be consequences. I’m not minimizing the actions of the alleged stabber, but can’t also find a wholly fault-free path of the deceased either.
  13. I agree. I think there’s some measure of public “optics” in play... I ALSO think there’s always going to be some “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” as well... there’s always some who will criticize and say that for the head of state or similar level folks, to come is a zero value-added scenario and maybe even a nett negative by way of diverting resources away from the event and to the high officials visit... and to that end, I think there’s some measure of truth to this... but... I also think that when in such role as a high official, “optics” matter and being seen there tends to send the right optical message... In the end, so long as no meaningful amount of rescues reaources are diverted away, I think the PMs visit is the right thing to do — again given that he is a high official.
  14. I’ve held the belief that people at their most basic level respond to three basic “threats” or forms of punishment/adverse actions or whatever you choose to call it.. They are: a) loss of their stuff — call me money, assets or the like b) loss of their freedom - call me inprisonment or the like and c) public embarrassment - call me loss or face to me, if the government really and truly wanted the issue fixed — quickly and correctly, I’d argue they need to start using a, b and/or c. Start seizing major assets, imposing and seizing bank accounts for fines... start putting people into incarceration and start “naming and shaming” proven offenders, and I’d bet you see permanent fixes coming PDQ... Now, I’m not advocating the use of a, b or c here in this case.. but at the end of the day I do think that given the impact that something like the BTS has on Bangkok, that there is a real mandate that the government take action and start holding feet to the fire. I cede that this is Thailand and as such things operate differently, but in the end, I think that if they really were to started laying down the law, imposing substantial fines, tossing company employees in jail and naming/picturing those found to be negligent, you’d see action.
  15. I suspect that this is where it is at today... given that the whole “border” and “immigration” issue is so politically toxic (and this is, IMHO, regardless of the side/viewpoint you may hold on it) these days, that perhaps once was a case where local officer discretion could have been applied, that today it is simply not something that is it will be considered. So long as the apprehension was legal - ie she was in fact across the border and didn’t clear or submit herself for formal clearance processing as required, then while perhaps “strict” I can’t say that the CBPs actions were wrong or the like, and most importantly, were most likely within legal bounds.