Jet ski video maker faces prosecution – Police admit extortion of tourists hard to stop

Jet ski video maker faces prosecution - Police admit extortion of tourists hard to stop - Bangkok Post, September 16, 2009
A Thai video production company involved in the filming of alleged extortion of foreigners by a Phuket jet ski operator is to be prosecuted for sending the recordings abroad for broadcasting without permission...

Police furious over 'staged' video nasties - Clips 'not intended to harm tourism industry' - Bangkok Post, September 16, 2009
...They had been edited to tarnish the image of both Thai tourism and the police force and presented only the negative side of the story through narrators, he said.
Pol Lt Gen Santhan ordered police investigators to find out if any Thai individuals were involved in the making of the footage. They could face criminal charges...

Bangkok airport embarks on image makeover - thewest.com.au, September 12, 2009
Baggage handlers at Thailand's main airport now wear uniforms with pockets sewn shut to prevent pilfering. Police are hauling away illegal taxi touts. And cushions are being added to metal seats at departure gates derided as a "pain in the rear..."

Scams against tourists are the subject of a new British documentary series called "Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand." The program, which aired its first of eight episodes last week on British television, "explores the ugly side of tourism in Thailand" - like getting ripped off by a gun-wielding jet-ski operator and landing in jail after partying at a drugged-out, all-night beach rave...


(Image: Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand)
More comment via: kohphangannews.org

...Real funny is the story about Thai business man JJ, a half Thai half Dutch jet-ski operator at Patong beach in Phuket. Just awesome when JJ starts pulling out his gun and tells everyone that he can just shoot them...

Police extend net on trail of gem gang - Bangkok Post, September 25, 2009
[Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.]
...Thiraphon Kanchanakat, legal adviser to the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association, said the theft did not take place at the 44th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, as reported by the media. It took place at another jewellery fair which was also held at Muang Thong Thani.
Mr Thiraphon said the inaccurate reports had hurt investor confidence in the fair and damaged the association's reputation...

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