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End Patong taxi intimidation, says Kathu Director Veera Kerdsirimongkol

Patong's Fear Factor Must Be Ended

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
PHUKET: Concern is growing in Patong about the fear-factor from standover tactics by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers, the Director of Kathu, Veera Kerdsirimongkol, said today.

He was speaking after a 7-Eleven staffer was attacked and beaten up by taxi drivers, without the incident being reported to police.

''Phuket is a tourist destination so all incidents involving violence must be reported for the sake of visitors and residents,'' Khun Veera said.

''We cannot have a situation where people are too scared to report law-breakers to the police.''

Khun Veera was planning to conduct his own investigation.

The man, who worked at the 7-Eleven Soi Paradise outlet, was beaten with a stick and rocks after accidentally backing his vehicle into a black taxi about 1am, Khun Veera said.

''These kinds of incidents take place too often in Patong,'' he said. ''Needless violence and intimidation is unacceptable.''

There was no information about the condition of the 7-Eleven worker.

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yeah you try parking your car anywhere on beach road or for that matter Rat U Tit road. I have given up trying after being told many times " No!! for taxi" when there are absolutely NO signs for them to block up all the spaces. What happened to the initiative to allot some spaces to tourists on beach road?? Nothing! I any use my car now for trips into town or the occasional airport pick up. I may as well sell it for the good it does me here In Patong

Posted by Tom on August 21, 2013 12:38

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Yeah right... But who is protecting the people who report these abuses? The police?? They would rather protect the bad guys...
No reports needed they are all a bunch of criminals dangerous for tourists and thais alike, all you have to do is get rid of them all. Stop with this "good will/intents" propaganda... It's about time to act for real and once for all!

Posted by Mr. No on August 21, 2013 14:07

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Suppose that's the way people learn to stay away from the areas which tuk-tuk drivers claims belongs to them. That was the way I learned it.

Posted by Sherlock on August 21, 2013 14:33

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The only safe place to park in Patong is Jungeceylon - otherwise as Tom states, you risk verbal abuse ... OR worse.

Posted by Logic on August 21, 2013 15:14

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It is not only the fear factor, it is more. Ask the paralyzed Aussie, whose motorbike accident police/medics photos suddenly disappeared. Ask the motorbike driver, who was harassed at home by the family of the tuktuk, who crashed them. It is the CAN-DO factor.

Posted by Lena on August 21, 2013 15:21

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Posted by LivinLOS on August 21, 2013 21:13

Editor Comment:

If you have evidence for your accusations, we suggest you scuttle along to the Crime Crisis Centre. if not . . .your anonymous finger-pointing is a bit passe.

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@Lena your comment is spot on. If you add the fact that never, ever I've heard PW and other newsagents reporting policemen stopping a crime while patrolling, this tells a lot about who is supposed to protect us in phuket

Posted by paul on August 22, 2013 08:58


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