Jim Brantley

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About Jim Brantley

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  1. If you are going to beg, do so in your own country. When you have enough money then you can go on vacation like a normal human. You are not poor, you are not a family in need, you are trying to leech a good time from an honorable country who have real poor people to take care of. It's rude and selfish.
  2. It all seems rather passive to me. But I'm used to seeing the arrest made in my country. Here, the suspect would have been tazed, beaten into submission, kicked, or even shot. No, compared to my country (USA) the Thai Police were gentle, if not rash.
  3. When a country is competing for tourist dollars it really isn't a very good idea to eliminate one of the things those tourist find attractive. Removing the food vendors would turn Bankok into just another Asian city; a city without a part of the rich texture that made it one of the most desirable places to visit.
  4. I live in Florida, U.S.A. We, like parts of Thailand, depend on tourist dollars. This makes us a service-oriented culture, and we don't mind at all. We gladly share our beaches and sun for the money brought into our economy. We understand that the more enjoyable and convenient it is for the tourist, the more likely they are to extend their visit, or at least return again. There are a few simple guidelines we follow to keep a smile on the faces of all tourists. 1. We understand that many visitors come from the more Northern Latitudes. They are either unaware or unprepared, for the dangers involved with exposure to the heat and burning rays of the sun. Hotel pamphlets, radio ads, and various other means promote the importance of sunscreen and the dangers of overexposure to the sun. 2. Cabana (umbrella) vendors are licensed and controlled. Children are especially susceptible to sunburn and on duty, beach patrol is constantly on the lookout for anyone who may be suffering from overexposure. The thought of telling tourist they must suffer two days a week without the protection of shade has never even been entertained. There are trash receptacles strategically placed up and down the beach with signs reminding visitors that littering is a finable offense. This seems to work very well, leaving only a minor cleanup effort for the daily beach crew. 3. Understanding that tourist will require food and drink have led to the licensing of vendors for this purpose. They may sell their products from carts located along the edge of the beach but are not allowed to "troll" the beach or approach tourist in order to sell their goods. The tourist must come to the cart. There is more, but it's really just a matter of respecting each side's needs and desires and then finding a way to meet them.
  5. English is the world's lingua franca. It is also not a language one can learn in five days. It would be more effective to teach the officers some basic phrases, their meaning, and context for five days and then have them attend one hour English classes during their off-duty time. As a Communications Expert, I taught English to many company employees around the world. The ability to communicate on a basic level is a priority which can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time; expanding the basics is a must, but is an ongoing process. There are no shortcuts.