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    Tell Us Your Experiences With The Thai Police!

    I was coming back home today on the toll road. I never go over 90, because I know the traffic police are out in force on Sundays. I was not speeding, however I was not wearing my belt. I pass the Thai "Barney Fife" that is hiding behind a light pole clocking people. A few seconds later, I get curbed at the toll booth and the guy says I was going 125. Never mentions the seat belt. I disputed it and refused to pay a fine. If he said he was fining me for the seat belt, I would have paid. Even thought I had been speaking Thai with him, he begins to ignore me and asks my wife why I will not accept blame. She tells him because I was not speeding and I never go over 90 on the toll road. After refusing to admit and to pay, he finally waves me on. NEVER mentioned the seatbelt violation.

    Met up with my buddy and he tells me he pays a fine there for 200 to 500 baht at least twice a month and says he has never been speeding when he was stopped.

    What experiences have you had with these guys?

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    I've been nailed a few times, and mostly it's on Chaeng Wattanna or near Don Muang on Vibpavidhi Rangsit.

    I've always found it less hassle to give the 100-200 Baht and get out quickly, as time is money. I've also been stopped on the tollway and told I changed lanes illegally. Again, a red note is a cost of doing business for me, better than arguing.

    I do respect your decision to argue the point though.

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    Pull over, show some kind of card, drive on, normally.

    I was "fined" once for being in the wrong lane, 100 baht did the trick. Another time I got an official fine of 200 baht for not wearing a helmet, that was a pain in the ass because I had to go and find the police station twice.

    Was your fine on the Don Mueng Toll?

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    In general nice chaps, it's always possible to find a solution that everybody is happy with, it might take 10 to 20 minutes, but never mind...

    And if you really are tired with somebody, then they are the best to handle stuff like that...

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    Well, I was not in a rush and really did not argue. Just put my best Thai smile on and told him politely (several times ) that I was not speeding.

    Hey, maybe I am starting to get the hang of things around here!!!

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    If I get stopped I pretend I cannot speak any Thai and cannot understand one word he is saying. Just smile and keep on talking nicely and just don't stop talking.
    If you run dry then just talk gibberish. I started reciting nursery rhymes to one copper.

    Been here 15 years. Total fines to date 100 baht.

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    Same situation on the toll road leaving Bangkok. Cop stopped me at the toll booth (god forbid they use any gasoline) and said I was speeding. I wasn't and said I wasn't. He said if I didn't give him 1,000 baht, he would confiscate my drivers' license. He then produced several licenses he claimed to have confiscated earlier that day.

    I weighed the pros and cons of giving him my license and finally made my wife give him 1,000 baht. That was the nexus of my hatred of Thai cops. Absolute worst I've ever seen. Several incidents over the next two years solidified my initial impression.

    I only offer my California license now. They can keep it and they'll never know I have a Thai license -- I ain't payin. I've got no job, no place to be and I will be the biggest pain in the ass they've ever met.

    If I've done something wrong -- that's a different matter.

    I have absolute contempt for these fcukers and love to hear when one or two are killed in Pattani. I go to bed at night praying one of them was that fuckstick at the toll booth.

    A bit OOT, but true.

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    ^^ That's my average per day...

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    Yes, the "attempted fine" was there!!

    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Was your fine on the Don Mueng Toll?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    I've got no job, no place to be and I will be the biggest pain in the ass they've ever met.
    I believe you...

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    Texpat, I hate to say it, but you're the "whale" those cops pray for. Max is 200 Baht for any infraction, even vehicular homocide.

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    I have absolute contempt for these fcukers and love to hear when one or two are killed in Pattani. I go to bed at night praying one of them was that fuckstick at the toll booth.
    One of the most moronic statements I have ever seen here

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    Some farang admitting to being fined for not wearing a motorcycle helmet was the most moronic I've seen.

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    It was the only time I didn't wear it months as well!

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    I got stopped coming after jumping red lights. My fault completely in the wrong. i don't have Thai drivign license. he want ed me to leave my bike and key with him whilst I went off to the station to sort out whatever. no fukking way, I told him, am I leaving my bike here with you with the key, without soem sort of paper sayign you have my bike. This went on a bit then I said will you accept a driving license from a different country ? No problem he said. So I gave him my video rental card from Colombia and went on my way ...
    tnuc

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    I'm ashamed to admit that I paid a grand at Don Muang, but I was speeding. Anyway, it's all DD's fault.

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    ^another chump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    If I get stopped I pretend I cannot speak any Thai and cannot understand one word he is saying. Just smile and keep on talking nicely and just don't stop talking.
    If you run dry then just talk gibberish. I started reciting nursery rhymes to one copper.

    Been here 15 years. Total fines to date 100 baht.
    Funnily enough, thats one of my tactics. My favorite is to rant in German (German is a good language for ranting), pretend I cannot speak English, Thai or any other language aside from ranting German.

    Luckily I have not been pulled up by an Officer versed in German rant yet...

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    I've never had a problem on the toll roads or any roads been stopped but just show my UK licence smile nicely & off I go.

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    Been "unjustly" done once in 10 years, but lots of petty stuff they only seem to bother people about when they are short of funds or want to make some point.

    Also been helped a few times, recently I really appreciated it, had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere and no mobile signal.
    A patrolling police car stopped and the guy helped me load the bike on the pickup and drove me to 15km to the nearest repair shop.
    Refused to take any money, not even 'for gas'.
    Yea, there is those ones about as well!

    Btw, the standard official fine (paid at the police station) for most infractions is 400bt, for no crash-helmet, for example, it seems to vary frpom town to town.
    Last edited by stroller; 20-04-2008 at 11:48 PM.

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    but lots of petty stuff they only seem to bother people about when they are short of funds or want to make some point.
    That's corruption -- plain and simple. I, for one, will never advocate or poo-poo that.

    had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere
    I don't know where you're from but ...

    Isn't that what cops are supposed to do? Your post sounds like he was doing you a favor. In Thailand, I wouldn't be surprised to hear he fined you for failing to maintain your vehicle and causing a public disturbance.

    I think you've been here too long Stroller.

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    Never been stopped..never been fined but have seen them at their finest..needed some info so told the wife we should ask the cop in the police box you know the place, the one with the windows so black you can't see inside now I know why..wife didn't think it was a good idea but I'm stubborn..opened the door and walked in on six cops so drunk they could hardly stand, they invited me (insisted) we take a seat..shaking my hand..checking out my wife...offered me a drink...I don't know if I was scared or ammused but got the hell out of there as fast as I could.

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    When stopped for speeding one time I was stung for 1000 Baht. He had the keys to my bike so I had to pay, even though I knew I was being robbed. Had a good conversation with him while we debated the price - he was a really nice bloke.

    Just another guy making his way in the world.

    I actually like the Thai police - faults & all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    In Thailand, I wouldn't be surprised to hear he fined you for failing to maintain your vehicle and causing a public disturbance.
    That sort of thing is more likely to happen in Germany. The best I would generally expect from cops is not to harass me. It's a breed of people I have been conditioned to avoid.

    In Thailand it can be useful to know them.

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    Been caught 3 times - twice for speeding and once for no seat belt. The speeding fines were 200 baht but for the seat belt was 300 baht

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