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Wow, jet-ski scams, who would have known! Why not set up a committee and study the alleged problem and report back in, oh say 5-10 years and then think about it.
Posted by Hartmut on April 21, 2012 10:09
Don't hit your cheek too hard with that tongue, Hartmut.
The registration of new machines was banned by the Phuket Governor at the time, about 12 years ago; the idea being that they'd slowly disappear. If someone had the balls to get rid of the bloody things, the problem would simply go away.
Posted by agogohome on April 21, 2012 10:21
2 days ago i could see a disput at the loma beach (patong) between jet ski boys and some tourists. they pay. tired of this mafia story...nothing changes...
Posted by mike on April 21, 2012 11:09
It will be interesting to see if the new breed of tourists puts up with all the scams that have been inflicted on West European & Australian (apologies to others excluded) tourists for many years without resolution.
Posted by Logic on April 21, 2012 14:36
Phuketwan is not able to verify the contention that knives are flashed, but there are video clips on the net with JJ a jet ski operator in Patong flashing a gun instead !
Posted by Werner on April 21, 2012 19:15
You see something on video, so you think it happens every day? Time you went down there with a camera and reported how many knives and guns are being flashed, Werner.
Seriously if the Thai government was concerned they would do something about it. biggest joke in Phuket alongside Tuk Tuk concerns.
Posted by Dave on April 21, 2012 22:48
Just too damn dodgy. Who wants to spend their vacation dodging scams at every turn?
Posted by titima on April 22, 2012 04:57
Dam typical these scams will never cease there is just too much money to be made, Tourists please i beg you don't ride these dam things I have travelled to thailand 10 times in 7 years and it is getting worse,the govenor should just say no more and the police should check these operators fpr a licence insurance (what a damm joke)will never happen. Its about time that govts around the world put out warnings to travellers or mindful airlines should announce these things onboard prior to landing in Phuket, it will save many sorry tourists. I just wonder do they really care about these tourists,Thailand should take note that these people are chasing away imtending tourists and they will talk in their own countries. Please officials take note escpecially the honourary ambassadors do something concrete before more people you have a responsibilty to your countrymen.
Posted by Alex on April 27, 2012 23:31
Posted by Alex on April 29, 2012 13:20
Really, if people are missing the deluge of warnings concerning this, let em pay. I assume the scammed money is staying in Thailand, so what's the problem. I love reading phuketwan, but the expats here really do whine and bang on about this too much... So a rare comment from me.
Posted by Phil on May 7, 2012 18:59
@Phil, they, like me, deep down inside probably hope someone in authority, or maybe the honorary consuls, will read these comments and do something about the problems, making Phuket an even more attractive and safer place to be or visit. As for tourists missing the "deluge" of warnings, just how many people check their destination for scams, rip offs, dangerous security at night clubs or the level of corruption before they level on their holiday, I certainly didn't, and no one I know does, did you, all they want is a happy, fun safe holiday and just where would they see this "deluge" of warnings, certainly not from their travel agents, many would not "surf" the internet looking for possible problems and I dare guess, once in Phuket no one mentions scams,rip offs etc, or maybe you would expect them to ask a taxi or tuk tuk driver, if there are any scams, rip offs etc. lol
Posted by Laurie Howells on May 7, 2012 21:07
Editor: Your response suggestion someone should go down there and take some photos shows that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. You go down there and photograph the action and see how long you live.
Posted by Nat on June 19, 2012 06:33
We've been down there and photographed the action several times, Nat. If you look back through Phuketwan, you'll see photographs taken at five different altercations. Didn't see you there, though.
Editor, you are not psychic, I have photographed a number of scams and have been threatened with death. Therefore I will not do it again. Shame on you for telling someone to put their life in danger.
Posted by Nat on June 19, 2012 07:40
Nat, you suggested: ''You go down there and photograph the action and see how long you live.'' Now you are saying: ''Shame on you for telling someone to put their life in danger.'' Can't you see that makes you look like a fool? Let's end this nonsense now. Don't tell us what to do.
today 27 april 2013, I see another jet ski scam in pattaya.
Posted by jakapan on April 27, 2013 14:22
they have been talking about these scams now for 5 years result nothing.perhaps they should institute same as US where can sue for millions for damages?i hear now latest targets are russians big mistake, i lived in bulgaria for a few years where russian mafia operates i can tell you this upset them and you will find these scammers floating in bay with bullet in head perhaps it neads something like this to wake up authorities here ?
Posted by david on May 3, 2013 10:47
We are the latest on this.. :( I happen to read this now after i experience similar one.. we hired a jet ski @ pattaya ..good offer ..but ended up as one of the costliest rent i ve ever made... :( paid 26,000B as repair fee for couple of scratched they showed..they were all over us and there is hardly anything that we can do that time..:(
Posted by cheated on June 24, 2013 16:04
Well, The first thing I say about the Jet-ski Scam is "Every Thing is Planned".
Posted by Syed Bareed on June 22, 2014 14:25
August 12 2014; pattaya jet ski people cheated me for 12 thousand baht. They even threatened me.of shooting my family . Very bad experience. What the government is doing. I think nothing . These people are looting the tourists every day. Don't take jet ski.
Posted by pattya big cheaters on August 12, 2014 19:36
Its 2015, and the scam is still on with full swing, I just got cheated for 10000 baht yesterday and was a horrible experience. The damage they claimed had no proof and they threaten to even beat us. I so wish I had read this post before. I guess local police are also an accomplice, otherwise how can they raise their hands on tourists..
Posted by Shubhankar on May 11, 2015 13:31
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