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Thailand Set To Ban Alcohol Sales At Roadside Stalls

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Thailand, the hub of Law enforcement, … oh btw what happened to the banana fritter buyers, who are supposed to get a 500 Baht fine???

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MAKRO will be quiet in the mornings.

As long as you buy 10 lt. or more there is no restriction in alcohol selling time, so just buy 2 boxes of beer instead of 1.

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Have always wondered at the "logic" behind banning the sale of alcohol between 2-5 PM. What is the justification behind this law? If it is to discourage students from drinking after school, then surely it would make more sense to enforce a legal drinking age, as opposed to a blanket ban for everyone. whistling.gif

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By roadside bars, they mean the bars which do bot operate within the confines of a fixed building.

The new ruling means you pay before midnight, and drink until your money runs out or you go hone, and are hopefully sober enough to ask for whatever is left of the money you handed over. This is bound to cause obvious issues, and is similar to laws I've seen upcountry.

This law is easily worked around, and considering police extort the bars along sukhumvit road, I am sure they will continue to be operated by locals, extorted by police, frequented by drunks and used by mafias as a place to swindle a drunk visitor.

This is the place where the Police and the Mafias of Africa shake hands every night without even realising.

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MAKRO will be quiet in the mornings.

As long as you buy 10 lt. or more there is no restriction in alcohol selling time, so just buy 2 boxes of beer instead of 1.

At the moment. Hope it stays that way. But it says ALL SELLERS in the OP

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I hope this doesn't mean the eradication of cheap Charlie's on Soi 11. What a place that is. (I've only been once but once was enough. )

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Thailand need some people with sense making the laws. New laws are certainly needed and the existing ones need a thorough overhaul as they are woefully outdated. Certain laws need scrapping as they are anti-justice or just plain Anal. Other laws need strengthening and they all are so so so desperately in need of enforcing. Not only that Thailand desperately needs a police force its people and guests can rely on to work to uphold the law. The corruption is so complete many police, lawyers and judges are all in the corruption together - like a big team of bloodsuckers. So the legal protocols need changing as well to stop this half day (meaning 1hr) a hearing then adjourn nonsense which makes justice unavailable to all but the rich. There is a sort of legal aid system but again it is woefully inadequate, biased and racist

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There is no chance that discos and clubs will no longer serve between midnight and 2 am,

anymore than there are no longer large establishments that serve between 2 am and 5 am.

or that there will no longer be sidewalk bars with food on Sukhumvit after midnight.

The only ones that will truly be effected are the hotels and restaurants in visible area.

And they will now start screaming bloddy murder.

This will be a short harassment period, with higher fines, and some high profile example cases,

and then a a slow down to a steady feeder of teamoney up the police chain to the bosses.

Because as a few above noted, the changing of the law means nothing when the enforcement can be bribed off.

This is one reason Thaksin has had the police behind him for many years, he knows how the

'Police Control and Pension Mechanism' works, and makes laws regularly to feed it to his best advantage.

This is yet another installment of Thaksin feeds the police more tea money and keeps his power.

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Nothing will change IMO, the sellers will just keep the beers out of sight but when asked they will proving refreshing beverages to their customers.

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What is wrong with just having many alcohol checks on drivers and really punishing them. There are enough laws already but they are just not enforced enough.

Real alcohol checks with real concequence maybe manndatory jailtime would fix it and not bother the people who drink and not drive.

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Have always wondered at the "logic" behind banning the sale of alcohol between 2-5 PM. What is the justification behind this law? If it is to discourage students from drinking after school, then surely it would make more sense to enforce a legal drinking age, as opposed to a blanket ban for everyone. whistling.gif

That law was introduced by the post coup administration in paternal manner to prevent middle class school kids drinking, kids from poor families are unlikely to be able to afford beer. It originally applied to all outlets, yet was amended later to only businesses with foreign ownership, meaning that foreign owned bars were restricted whilst a Thai owned bar next door was not. Therefore macro, lotus, big c, 711 were unable to sell a alcohol during those times. Better to police age limits, encourage responsible alcohol consumption and actual driving rules.

Many years ago, an uncle of my wife, the only car in the village, offered to drive us some 400km to visit another branch of the family. Every half hour or so he stopped, my belief was a weak bladder, after 3 or 4 stops I told my wife he was either blind or blind drunk and to stop the car and tell him either I was driving or we were going no further. This was at 7.00 am. I drove. It is a common situation and these new alcohol measures will make little difference where village stores sell Lao kao by the shot.

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'The ban on roadside alcohol sales, except on personal property'

What does this mean.... if the shopkeeper owns the property as opposed to renting it then alcohol sales will be okay??blink.png

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Alcohol sales set to be banned at roadside stalls

They should make this ban permenant, not just for the holidays.

Not that anyone will really enforce it anyway. Just extra tea money for the pride of Thailand, the BIB.

yea, i can't believe i'm seeing some of the initial replies...i'm all for freedom, but stopping on the way home from the bar for several more shots of whiskey, before hopping back in the pickup and heading on my way isn't one of them.

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