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How does Puriphat know there are now 70 illegal jet-skis? If he admits to knowing about them then why hasn't he enforced the law? It isn't hard Puriphat. Get a phalanx of Police to raid just ONE beach. Publicly crush the first 5 illegal jet skis you find. The rest will soon disappear...........Admittedly though, some people would lose their kick backs, but hey, isn't serving the public actually your primary concern? You could perhaps raise money by selling raffle tickets, allowing the winner to press the button on the crushing machine. I'd buy one ! Roll up roll up !
Posted by Mr Man on November 26, 2011 11:09
Seems authorities are either afraid of the scam operators, or benefiting from them. Which is worse? I can understand why the Marine Dept has received no complaints, usually when one is ripped off, a complaint to police is seen to be enough. Consulates should inform their citizens to make it in writing to every agency from Bangkok on down. However, I have no fantasies about Thai authorities doing anything about it- simply lip service until the Chinese and Indian tourists begin arriving en masse and the pesky, ever complaining westerners kiss off to other destinations.
Posted by Media Watcher on November 26, 2011 11:49
Compromise is when neither party gets what it wants.
Posted by Sir Burr on November 26, 2011 12:05
Jetski rental is only ''legal' at 5 beaches, but ;QUOTE.... Anyone operating a Jet Ski in Phuket is required by law to hold documents indicating they are "Second Class Helmsmen of Power Driven Sea-going Vessels."
Posted by davidj949 on November 26, 2011 13:07
everybody know who are the illegals and who are the scammers so, Why they are not sued, why we speak about compromise when few of them should be in jail.
Posted by Anonymous on November 26, 2011 13:37
Enforcement of any kind is big joke in Phuket.It seems the locals really don't care if tourists get ripped off besides like Mr. Man said there are lots of kick backs. I remember a few months a go the Patong Police were involved with some of the jet ski rip offs. The tourist getting ripped off felt the police were working with the jet ski operators.
Posted by Billy on November 26, 2011 14:30
The way the jet-skis dominate so many beaches here is a travesty, but I would bet my life (without a moments worry) that no law controlling them will ever be enforced. There is too much cash going to all the right people for anything to change.
Posted by Day on November 26, 2011 15:02
They are not going to get rid of the JETSKIS,There are to many jobs and to much money at stake.
Posted by johndev on November 26, 2011 16:29
The Boracay suggestion is logical, but is a pie in the sky fantasy. The laws already exist in Phuket to put a stop to the abuse and the corruption. All it takes is the resolve to stop it. The fact of the matter is that until concrete consistent action is taken, tourists will have every reason to perceive the local authorities as unconcerned about the well being of the tourists. The time to have acted has long past. It's all about salvage of reputation now.
Posted by brendan on November 27, 2011 01:05
A "phalanx of Police"? I believe that's not the correct collective term for a group of policemen in Phuket. Isn't the right term "a bribery of police"? "Phalanx" is actually the collective term for a group of non-Thais. You know, "a phalanx of falangs"???
Posted by Phalanx on November 27, 2011 03:20
They do that offshore thing with the para sailing in Pattaya don't they ? its a good idea, a jet-ski went over the top of my friend's head while he swam at Lam Sing beach in Phuket ! i just got back on tuesday from two weeks in Phuket, nothing has changed in the seven years I have been going .
Posted by phill on November 27, 2011 07:08
Before the touris t- and immigration - volunteers did good work by helping the victims in these cases, but they are not allowed to do that anymore.
Posted by Sherlock on November 27, 2011 19:10
They will be out of business only when nobody or not enough people will rent their machines, it's the only way to get Phuket rid of those parasites. Absolutely every tourists should know about before coming to Thailand.
Posted by Jean_paul Patrick on November 27, 2011 20:26
Philippines ? hmm maybe worth my next holiday...
Posted by anonymous on December 5, 2011 14:49
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