that is acctuly sickening and seriously putting doubts in my mind about returning, i know its probably only a small portion of people but i think tourists should stand together against countrys where corruption is so wide spread, if there are less and less tourists traveling to these countrys the government will be forced to take action against these people.
The British couple, the Ingrams, originally told The Times UK that the shop assistants had planted the wallet in her bag; she didn't try to steal it.
Make up your mind with the CCTV evidence whether a shop assistant put the wallet in her bag or whether the woman tried to thieve it. That said, if the couple could lie like that then how much of her can you really believe.
For me this is a case of (and now a couple others caught shoplifting) claim innocence after - yet, who wouldn't?
ok wow after seen that footage its quite clear she stole the purse, but that does not excuse the way thy were treated and forced to pay £8000 thats a total lack in democracy
It does look like theft, but in the article, no wallet was found. The wallet was in a rubbish bin located in the men's toilet. Mr. Ingram had just went into the toilet. The Ingram's insist they are innocent. Frank, let's agree, the Ingram's are thieves. What happened next is what all the ruckus is about. The Ingram's paid serious baht to get out of the situation. Heaps of bad press for Thailand, Suvarnabhumi amd King Power. I see from thaivisa that the AoT in Thailand has announced a 'holding room' for those accused of shoplifting. Something that certainly would not have happened w/o all the bad press received over this incident. If you look at the blogs on BKK Post, this is far from the only case involving King Power.
I love Thailand and have spent many happy months in Pattaya, but all ex-pats know how corrupt the police and gov't are. It is a very stacked deck against farangs. Just the way it is. You either accept it or leave. Perhaps this incident and others like it will get the Thais in power to think just what image they want the rest of the world to have of Thailand. Perhaps not. After all TIT.
I was subjected to one of the scams which another person put on the bbc website. click the link on the on the top of the page (second from the bottom) it involved exactly the same circumstances although our group of 3 people got fined roughly £1500. That was most of the money for our holiday gone straight away. What would we have done if the extra money wasnt in our accounts? It was very intimidating and i think that action needs to be taken to let these countries in the far east know that we wont stand for it! and that if it continues they will lose more money from giving thailand a bad name and lost tourists, than thye will gain from scamming innocent people!