Columbia Sportswear busts Thai counterfeiters - OregonLive, May 28, 2009
...First, a mob surrounded the Thai cops and Teng Sok Chheng, the alleged counterfeiting ringleader, demanding her release in a gritty town bordering Cambodia. "We decided to move from the hot spot immediately," wrote an unnamed investigator working for Columbia, the apparel and footwear company based near Beaverton.
Then during the four-hour drive to Bangkok on May 21, Thai soldiers stopped the officers, investigators and their suspect, demanding her freedom. "The soldiers eventually released us," the investigator wrote, "after the police pressed the issue that the soldiers had no authority to detain us."
To Columbia managers in Oregon, the soldiers' conduct -- and repeated phone calls during the drive from influential police and military officials -- illustrates how corruption often abets international product piracy...
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