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Phuket police seize over B10mn worth of overpriced items in zero-dollar raids

PHUKET: Police today carried out raids on five business operators believed to be involved in zero-dollar tours and seized over B10 million worth of what they deemed to be overpriced items.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 06:33PM


At 10am today (Sept 20), a team of officers led by Acting Deputy Chief of the Thai Tourist Police Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen and others raided businesses that are believed to exploit and cheat tourists on products and services.

Businesses raided were; P.P. Bird Nest Co Ltd in Phuket Town, Kings Bird's Nest Co Ltd in Wichit, Wang Talang Jewelry and Giftshop Co Ltd in Wichit, Chalong Latex Co Ltd on Chao Fa West Rd in Chalong and Thaiko Natural Health Co Ltd (snake garden).

Examples of items seized included bird nests, leather belts and wallets, gems, rubber mattresses and pillows, and heath and skin nourishing products.

The total value of items seized was B10,129,490.

Maj Gen Teeraphol told The Phuket News, “All things seized were found in shops in Phuket. We also found what were said to be vitamin pills , but they were not vitamins.

“We know full well that we cannot stop all of the places selling such goods, but we will try to decrease these products. We have to check more,” he said.

“As Maj Gen Surachate has said, those within this business circle must be operating within the law,” he added.

Maj Gen Surachate urged the press by saying, “We are Thais, we must show to tourists that they can trust us. Then they will come back to Thailand again. Phuket is a top destination for tourists and defending them against crime is our job. Tourist police always support Phuket’s policemen in protecting tourists.”

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

 

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Jor12 | 16 January 2018 - 22:00:10

Zero dollar businesses are scams, almost exclusively group tours being offered to Chinese customers, to the detriment of local traders. The evidence is that the practice is linked to tax evasion, money laundering and the misuse of the Companies Act by unscrupulous Chinese operators. Money (in cash) flows to the Chinese operators, not Thais. Losing billions of Baht in tax revenue is no minor matter...

Pauly44 | 16 January 2018 - 15:26:30

Do we really believe they care about overpriced goods or are they attempting to minimize - effectively tax supply for their own private interests, the other commentors saying god job are extremely naive to believe this, lets get real there are so many more serious life or death issues facing Phuket that require urgent BIB attention than overpriced goods, pathetic.

Kurt | 16 January 2018 - 12:23:42

So many Chinese tourists die or get wounded during thai tourist day boat trip.
But never a Chinese tourist died visiting 'overpriced' shops were they can choose to buy oR not to buy.
Chinese are smart, they not buy things if the price is not right to them.
Don't patronage Chinese tourists, they are not thai.

Kurt | 16 January 2018 - 12:01:52

Projecting this on the restaurants and 'tax free' shops  prices at thai airports, which made already 2 ministers and 1 deputy minister 'inspecting' there, made me laugh.
Seems AoT settles renting out there with bidding. But AoT is thai Government. So?
What is the differents between what thai government is doing at her airports and private business operators on Phuket?
1 Minister...

chris007 | 23 September 2017 - 09:46:20

im at a loss as to what law they are breaking ?? its not illegal to sell products at a price you set. if the customer thinks its overpriced, they will choose not to buy it. if such a law exists, close down the duty free shop at phuket for selling meekhong whisky for 200 baht above the price it sells for in 7-11. cheating tourists ?? fer f**ks sake fellas, the whole island is a scam of overpriced s...

Rorri_2 | 22 September 2017 - 06:48:43

Most of us, except the thai apologists, know why this is happ6, they lost the case against the Chinese tour company, after already confiscating, and selling assets, so now we see them "finding" tax evasion reasons and now raiding shop used by "zero" baht tour companies, even though many Thai institutions  have over charged for many years.... hypocrites, childish to the extreme,...

CaptainJack69 | 21 September 2017 - 19:09:02

Surely it would be more effective to target some of the bigger shops installed around the island? Common sense tells us that if the same proportion of goods are confiscated from a larger stockpile then the end result will be bigger and thus the message stronger.

Or is there maybe a reason why the tourist police choose not to target businesses owned by Phuket's mega-rich elite?

Still, all...

Kurt | 21 September 2017 - 16:57:54

It is simple, people from European countries are done with Phuket.
They anyway never went to the chinese shops the authorities attack so fiercely this moment.

malczx7r | 21 September 2017 - 11:47:09

They should go to the bars in Patong and seize all the bottles of beer, my ex neighbour goes there and he says they are 200b for a bottle of Chang, if that's not overpriced then i don't know what is! haha

Kurt | 21 September 2017 - 11:22:46

What is 'overpriced' on Phuket?
Tuk tuks? Yes. What they do to end that? Nothing.
Taxis? Yes. With face towels over the taxi meter. What they do to end that? Nothing.
Many shops sell overpriced things to tourists. What they do to end that? Nothing.

So, where is sudden the concern coming from about overpriced goods in Chinese stores, sold to Chinese tourists?
Chinese are not stupid, ...

Nasa12 | 21 September 2017 - 09:27:02

Good start fore the Police in Phuket and continue with the great work, so maybe the Scandinavian Tourist like Sweden Denmark, Norway and Finland coming back to Phuket and Thailand ?, If the Police clear all the scammers in Phuket ?. Like Tuk Tuk, Jet-ski, Parasailing,Taxi from Airport, Immigration +++++. Every Thai a speak whit ask me where are the Scandinavian, this time the Scandinavian travel t...

Discover Thainess | 20 September 2017 - 20:06:36

Good on them, and well done to the police. Excellent work and I hope this continues on a regular basis. When you read the numbers involved - especially the other recent report on a tour company and how much they potentially owe in unpaid taxes - the numbers are absolutely staggering. I guess there are people getting very, very rich off these \"zero $\" tourists.

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