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Phuket Opinion: Sheltered from reality

PHUKET: The Phuket News continuously receives comments via its website and Facebook page from a number of foreigners complaining about how foreigners are the only people on the island that ever get stopped and fined by police – mainly for not wearing a helmet.

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Sunday 16 April 2017, 08:00AM

If Phuket expats and tourists think they are 'victimized' by being the only ones targeted in police campaigns, think again. Photo: Yutthawat Lekmak
If Phuket expats and tourists think they are 'victimized' by being the only ones targeted in police campaigns, think again. Photo: Yutthawat Lekmak

This writer has absolutely no idea where these foreigners live their cocooned lives, but what is clear is that they need to get out more to see who actually gets checked for what and when. The Phuket News would like to ask these commenters if they have ever been stopped at a police checkpoint and asked to pee in a plastic container? These pots of pee are immediately tested for drug use. If the pee turns purple it’s positive, if it doesn’t change colour it’s negative.

Should one’s pee turn purple, heaven forbid – because these commenters presumably believe that no foreigners would even contemplate using recreational drugs while here on this paradise island – then action will be taken against you.

Police will prosecute those whose pee turns purple and according to the law, they will be fined, arrested, imprisoned and who knows... because these pee tests are rarely carried out on foreigners, but in some areas, where mainly Thais live, they are an every night occurrence.

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Furthermore, have these commenters contemplated why certain areas, those inhabited mainly by foreigners, are clamped down on by police? This writer can guarantee that if anyone was to drive through an area mainly inhabited by foreigners, such as Kamala, Patong, Nai Harn or Rawai, at any given time of day or day of the week, he/she would witness the vast majority of foreigners riding motorbikes in these areas doing so without wearing a helmet, thus breaking the law. Is it really any wonder why police really target these areas when the foreigners routinely break the law.

For these commenters who frequently belittle the police for “only stopping and fining foreigners”, please, on any given night, go through a backstreet in Rassada, Srisoonthorn or Wichit and see how many checkpoints are specifically set up to test Thais, not only for riding without a helmet, but also for drug use. This might actually change your belief that you are the only ones ever stopped and fined for anything.

The Phuket News often criticizes the police, when they deserve it, but there are also many foreigners here that deserve criticism, as they appear to live their lives in a blinkered state.



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Jor12 | 17 April 2017 - 19:54:52

Gordon Gecko...well hell, I didn't know that! If you know all of this why are you not reporting it? If you don't know, then the rest of your post is meaningless and defamatory.

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malczx7r | 17 April 2017 - 13:41:40

Foot - Rhetorical question there "a good one for a reasonable price" You get what you pay for i paid around 18,000b for mine in the UK, my mate always says a £1 helmet for a £1 head!

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Gordon Gecko | 17 April 2017 - 13:29:24

It's well known the police extort money out of Thai's and foreigners and not all of it is official fines. The police service is not a service here but a business ...

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Pauly44 | 17 April 2017 - 11:45:35

Agree Rorii, one opinion, hardly factual or newsworthy, it's readily apparent farang are targeted more for minor indiscretions over locals for shakedowns in tourist areas, having said that if you follow the rules they have no reason to fine you so lesson here is do everything right and don't give them the satisfaction!

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BenPendejo | 17 April 2017 - 10:45:11

I'll admit that I have no idea what goes on in "Thai Town"...but to assert that farangs aren't targeted disproportionately and fleeced on the spot is ridiculous.  I spend lots of time in Kamala, and I'll tell you that I never see police doing anything to Thais OR farangs. I do see them standing around intersections watching motorbikes ridden by 3 stupid kids with no helmets, and all kinds of dumb behavior...but no action.  Go watch the Kamala checkpoint near Nakalay... it is a farang bonanza...sometimes seeing 5 or 6 farangs stopped and getting fleeced.  But... I am glad to learn that the police target drugged up Thais more than I'm aware of.

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Eagle | 17 April 2017 - 09:15:04

Poor Rorii,doesnt like an article and calls it a shame being published.As the writer said-living a cocooned live-.But what else to expect from someone who admires Kurt and his comments.

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Nasa1234 | 17 April 2017 - 07:36:06

But how can Farang Police from Chalong give ticket ? They wright some on the paper and 500 Baht and give to the Police some sitting under the tree. Have this volunteer Work Permit = No and B-Visa = No. The same in Immigration in Phuket Town no money ,they most pay fore every thing uniform ++.But give them 500 Baht if they not have International driver license or us helmet, But take the motorbike from them, they driving illegal in Thailand. The Police have wrong if some of this Farang have a accident some lett them drive illegal after to give them a ticket. I want to try this in the Court if this happened whit some off my friend.

To the Immigration Boss And your Immigration in Phuket Town And the "FARANG BOSS FOR VOLENTER". 

Whay this old Farang man "FARANG BOSS FOR VOLENTER" in Phuket Town Immigration kick out this Swedes man some work for soon 10 Year in Immigration in Phuket Town and help 1000++ of Scandinavian, This Swedish man most going home to Sweden fore a operation and then he come back , he get a bad Mail from this " FARANG BOSS FOR VOLENTER"  We ned this Swedes man in Immigration fore Scandinavian  this Farang "Boss say No" Can he do it as a volunteer ?. And the Immigration boss does know about this ?. We all want Alf back and remove the "BOSS FORE THE VOLUNTEERS" . Shame on you Volunteer  "BOSS FOR VOLENTER" in Immigration you think you are a BIG BIG BOSS ?.

NR 1 get this Swedes man back he want to work in Immigration and he like to help many Scandinavian.

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ERICLEK64 | 16 April 2017 - 19:42:37

Rules and duties are for all of us also for tourists, many think on  holiday everything is permitted in the foreign country they visit, this is a bad attitude to. At the other side overcharging taxi drivers are a pest on the island, last week one of my customers was charged from cherng talay to Mannik(just beside) for 5 km max 400 baht, that .... wanted even to charge them more on arrival"ho big villa you stay" the customer told him this my hotel not my house, then the typical truk of no change.He lucky that the customer not called me that evening because I should have called the police. My customer tries to make a picture of his car and then I will make a complaint at damroung center for him. Also this has to be finish, these people are parasites on the island and give a bad reputation to the island.

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Eagle | 16 April 2017 - 19:20:22

Nasa123456,what has your immigration-office story to do with this article?It doesnt make sense!

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Rorii | 16 April 2017 - 15:18:29

OMG, one person's opinion, and apparently very biased, and it becomes an article, this could easily be countered by any number of other peoples opinions, this actually seems as though it is written by one of those anti-kurt gang members, there is so much wrong with this article it wouldn't stand scrutinizing, I can understand why the likes of Eagle would support it. It's a shame PN even posted it, unless it's a very sloooow news day.

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