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Public informers get 55,000 baht in first month for reporting footpath violations

 

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Picture: Manager Online

 

The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority have given figures on the success of the first month of the public reporting motorcyclists and others for incorrect use of the capital's footpaths.

 

For October a total of 55,750 baht was given to 171 informers. This amounted to about 321 baht per person. It was previously announced that informers would get half of the fine.

 

Some 69 informers were yet to go and get their rewards for being grasses.

 

While 17 said they didn't want any money - doing their bit to stop motorcyclists and drivers snarling up the sidewalks was reward enough.

 

Manager reported that there were a total of 257 successful prosecutions.

 

Many more were reported but these did not result in fines or were handled by the police themselves or other authorities.

 

The public were urged to keep up the good work and were reminded that reports could be lodged on the Line application, by email, on Facebook, by letter, by phone or in person.

 

Source: Manager Online

 
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18 minutes ago, hobz said:

Step upward in my book. The fear of being reported is what keeps a civilized country in law and order

These are not ‘helpful citizen’ tips. These are people being paid to point fingers. There's a difference. Why stop at sidewalk violations?  Why not offer cash for any reported violation? Why not pay police by how many arrests they make? This is not a positive direction.

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18 minutes ago, hobz said:

What is important is that the laws make sense...

And what if the laws don't make sense? Procedure and precedence matter. Maybe this application is a good one, but that does not guarantee the next one will be. I could see something like this becoming abused by authorities. 

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43 minutes ago, hobz said:

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"And who determines laws that make Sense?"

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44 minutes ago, hobz said:

Step upward in my book. The fear of being reported is what keeps a civilized country in law and order. Police in civilized countries relies heavily on calls and tips from the public.

What is important is that the laws make sense... I dont like people being punished for victimless crimes like consuming cannabis for example...

Upward? What civilized society is doing is helping the law enforcement without rewards.

Rewarding citizen's arrests with money is actually illegal, because you'll be sort of an extension of the police without any authorization. Reporting a crime is different, but has to be carried out with integrity and carefully. The #metoo is a perfect example of how men can be accused of sexual abuse without any evidence. Let it be clear that I do not condone any (sexual) abuse, but being accused without legal evidence is the same as a witch hunt.

 

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46 minutes ago, InMyShadow said:
1 hour ago, Hayduke said:
Another step downward. One of the key tools of any dictatorship is fear. But fear of the government is one thing…fear of being informed on by one’s fellow citizens is much more powerful.

Most expats here will try to find a negative in anything. If you're fearful you know where Suvarnabhumi is, no fear they won't stop you leaving.

Can't expats not vent their opinion without having to leave? It's people, who think like you should leave. I agree with Hayduke. Fear is a powerful tool for governments to control society. Same happened during WW II. Thousands of Jewish people were captured, because their neighbours betrayed them. Never read the bible about how Judas betrayed Jesus? 

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