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    No tipping at Immigration.

    Will it work? I went on Thursday and they took 100 Baht off my missus.

    Big Joke true to his word: No Tips signage going up at Thai Immigration nationwide[/COLOR]


    \The new head of Thai immigration - Maj-Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakpal - has begun implementing his tough message about corruption at immigration.
    The signage going up nationwide is clear and unequivocal: No Tips. [/COLOR]
    By this he means no more back-handers to corrupt immigration officials or the agents who collect the tea money from tourists and either pass it on or keep it for themselves.
    Pictures posted on the Immigration Facebook page showed a permanent sign at an airport that said: No Tips please. The message was also in a graphic with Royal Thai Police insignia behind and "The Immigration Bureau at the bottom. [/COLOR]
    It was also in Chinese and Hindi.[/COLOR]
    Another stuck on a window at an immigration office clearly stated in English that visa fees were just 2,000 baht - no more.At Sadao on the Thai/Malaysian border a printed sign on a counter said: "No Tip" while an accompanying sign said "No other fees charged in passing this border".Maj-Gen Surachate only started his job as immigration commissioner on Monday after his move from deputy chief of the Thai Tourist Police Bureau where he was involved in many highly publicized crime busts.

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    Joke must be losing some major supporters at the ground level about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    they took 100 Baht off my missus.
    What for???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    What for???
    Missus gave the guy 2000 Baht. Guy says 'do you want the change?' Missus says 'no'.

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    Tell her she's screwing it up for the rest of us....




    ...and hick loves her for it.

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    In the bad old days doing border runs to Cambodia stick 200 baht in your passport go to front of queue immigration officer takes passport and the money get your passport stamped save 30 minutes queue time. And all the bloody kids trying to get you to shade under some crappy umbrella.
    Fascists dress in black and go around telling people what to do, whereas priests... more drink!

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    ^ I remember that


    was unfortunate enough (96') to witnesss a coolie collapse, start coughing blood and die right there...

    Everyone was frozen until my (then) wife broke ranks and tried to comfort the poor bastard.

    Another said to her, "stay back - he's got aids."

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    They could end tipping by making it a criminal offence with penalties of up to 7 years jail and or 200 baht fine.

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    ^

    Sounds about right.

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    "Please do not offend us with (a low) tip"...

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    Apparently it's not just about 'tips'. Agents are also not allowed so people with out the financial requirement are out as well.

    Surachate also vowed to go after all agents and their customers nationwide involved in procuring visa extensions with fake documents.
    He was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday over the arrest of Yupin Jantakhat, 55, who was acting as a visa extension agent. She has been charged with falsifying tax documents for the purpose of seeking visa extensions for her clients.
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/deta...ional/30355828

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    The trouble and the inalienable fact is that they will still raise the same amount of money, they'll just find an alternate avenue to collect it. Bit like squeezing that toy slime they sole in the 80's squeeze one bit the rest got bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Apparently it's not just about 'tips'. Agents are also not allowed so people with out the financial requirement are out as well.

    Surachate also vowed to go after all agents and their customers nationwide involved in procuring visa extensions with fake documents.
    Said glorious leader still hasn't figured that corruption is the cement holding the entire country together, not just at his level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Said glorious leader still hasn't figured that corruption is the cement holding the entire country together, not just at his level.
    Corruption is the term for the process of obtaining and moving monies up the societal hierarchy to 2 star level where upon it becomes legitimate income.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Corruption is the term for the process of obtaining and moving monies up the societal hierarchy to 2 star level where upon it becomes legitimate income.
    ....and the working systems would surely collapse without such activities.
    Stimulates the real economy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Stimulates the real economy.
    It's the poor families at the bottom of the food chain that suffer the most because of corruption. So Jeff, are you sayin that corruption is okay?

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    Shouldn't it say no bribes?

    I would like to report an underage brothel operating near...... NO TIPS PLEASE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Said glorious leader still hasn't figured that corruption is the cement holding the entire country together, not just at his level.
    A trip to the "re-education centre" maybe required.

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    Is giving gifts still allowed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Is giving gifts still allowed?
    It is with TOT if you require the "premium call out " service, you are of course not required to pay if happy to wait, they used to tap me up for Johnny Walker back in the awful dial up days, Mrs wised up and I hide as she "pours " them a large Yadong and a glass of Ale, no take always. To be fair not needed since high speed fibre.

    The head honcho is a jolly fat bugger whose related to our neighbours and I doubt has soiled his pianists paws this century, cruises around in huge 4x4 servicing the female "clients",Its like Europe in the 1950s civil servants with jobs for life, my dad had his won chauffeur......He is always a fount of knowledge and gossip and is known to buy the odd round from his enormous wedge, the Arthur Daley of the wiremen
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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