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Monday, March 23, 2009

"Shoplifting" at BIA will land you to trouble...

The following email I received may sound ridiculous and unbelievable. But, according to the sender, it happened to one of his colleague’s relative whilst in Thailand. Whether this is true or not, do beware and be alert whenever purchasing any duty free items from the BANGKOK'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, and if not paid can be in a hell lot of trouble, that is, you can be set up too...!!!

The following is the email I publish in its entirety, to warn all those Bangkok-bound visitors:-


“Dear All,

My Department's Secretary informed me on this. Her cousin was detained in Bangkok for stealing a box of cigarettes in a duty-free shop in Bangkok International Airport. He had paid for some chocolates and a carton of cigarettes. The cashier put a packet of smokes into his bag and he thought it was a free pack. He was arrested for shop-lifting and the Thai Police extortion price was RM30,000.00 for his release. He spent two nights in jail and paid RM50.00 for an air-cond cell, 200-300 Baht for each visitor, and RM11,000.00 for his final release. The Police shared the money in front of his eyes. On top of that, he was charged in court and fined RM2,000.00 by the Magistrate and was handcuffed and escorted to his plane. His passport was stamped "Thief". Whilst there, his relatives requested help from the Malaysian Embassy and was told that they too are helpless as Malaysians are victimised similarly daily while letters and phone-calls to the Thai Authorities are totally ignored. He shared a cell with a Singaporean the first night who paid RM60,000.00 for his release. The  second night was an Indian national who paid USD70,000.00. Mind you, this is not in a shag downtown Bangkok but in a duty free shop in BANGKOK'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.


Thank you.

Regards “

(The name of the person who sent this email is withheld for moderation purpose) - Linundus

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