Enraged tourists launch hate campaign against hotel


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22 thoughts on “Enraged tourists launch hate campaign against hotel

  1. How easy most hotel safes are to break into would be more "fisting"? ;o)

    Revenge is a dish best served cold by those tourists. So, I fully support their action.

    Why do some Farangs like to go to that sort of area? For my money, the vicinity is not worth visiting. It looks a tad common. What's more, I and many of my friends were not brought up to frequent budget hotels. No offence, it does not seem to sit well with decent people's image. I am surprised that you often go there. You are becoming an expert about Patong now.

    Matt, I've got something to tell you. Many female friends of mine do not like you. The girls say you come across as being misogynistic. I have never thought of you that way before, but I reckon they might have a point since you, from time to time, throw an allergic comment about women, such as the "properties sale girls" incident. They even suggested that I should stop reading your blog. Too bad, I really like what you have been writing here.

    Friends always come first right?

  2. I am quite surprised you sided with the Thais on this one Matt, perhaps you should make some comments on the usual Thai methodology when Thais are supposed to investigate Thais…

    And don't

  3. I wouldn't be surprised if the hotel didn't have a pretty damn good idea who is stealing this money.

    If hey are incapable of keeping the guests rooms free from rampant theft they really shouldn't be allowed to do business.

    Sounds like the place is run by the police.

    I say fight fire with fire.

  4. having lived in thailand for 3 years, one year in phuket, I too have been ripped off by a hotel and i have to totally disagree with you. When the tourist police do nothing about it you have little left you can do but make sure everyone knows to avoid the police, yes it's revenge and hopefully you will cause them a loss of revenue simple as that. They will continue to do it as long as they can, so making as many people aware of it seems like exactly the right thing to do. When I had been ripped off the tourist police simply laughed when i told them the name of the hotel as they had so many complaints already, there is nothing they can do, unless of course you want to pay them to do their job.

  5. This is normal practice for the police. First they do nothing. Then you offer them a 'bonus' to do the job the Thai people pay them to do but which they choose not to do. Them *maybe* you get a result. Unless the hotel or staff have already paid for protection. then you lose your money because nothing continues to happen.

    The remarkable thing is that these people really don't understand it when they get mocked and scorned.

    I also agree with Paul, quite apart from anything else, people get ripped off because they don't know that others have been ripped off before them. Nothing galvanises a Thai quite like the threat of a stoppage of customers. anything else is ignored. No point trying to appeal to their decency or sense of morality, for example. No point at all.

  6. …such as the “properties sale girls” incident. They even suggested that I should stop reading your blog. Too bad, I really like what you have been writing here.

    Friends always come first right?

    I don't know Sooksiam. My friends never told me to stop reading a website.

    I saw some property sales girls last night. They were fine. Actually, why don't you come down here yorself and see what it's like? I could introduce you. Or maybe your friends won't let you :p

    I think you should just read here secretly. And actually, although you think Patong is common, that's where DJ Nakadia played last night and it's where some of the sales girls were. It's also where BYD Lofts is, where a lot of people like to hang out.

    Sooksiam, you've surprised me recently. I thought you were… different.

  7. The problem is not with the individual hotel, but with the community as a whole, from the hotel staff up to the police and beyond. Will the tourists make a website about the police as well?

  8. I do not mind hanging out in this sort of area but I cannot stand drunken, loud- mouthed people. They do not appeal to me whatsoever. I like peaceful and quiet places where I can merely chill out and listen to jazz or classical music with more civilised people.

    I am sure there are some great people, like you and your friends, in the vicinity; still it is not really my cup of tea. I think people just have their own tastes in the places where they want to hang out.

    I don't mean to offend you, but I am just expressing what they thought of you. You cannot help what other people perceive you to be, can you?

  9. Young adventurous journalists wasting your time applying for jobs they're not prepared to commit to?

    Get out of jail free cards?

    And now highlighting tourists claiming the little dignity they have left after being ripped off?

    Have you ever been ripped off "vanalli"?

    I feel I have paying attention to this blog. But, at least, only in time.

  10. WTF man? You just told me my blog wasn't worth your time reading it. If that's the case, then don't read it. I'm voicing my opinion. If you don't agree with it then tell me why. If you don't like reading my other posts that's fine, but wtf does that have to do with my own integrity?

    Sure, let's ruin the reputation of a hotel and hope that it has to close down and every single member of staff loses their jobs while the tourists fly back home without a care in the world. The police sure aren't going to do anything now are they.

    And who is this young, adventurous journalist? I take it your referring to the tourist who quit after one day and went to be a teacher. Maybe you're being sarcastic — i can't tell.

    Anyway, calm down and debate the issue please.

  11. "WTF man? You just told me my blog wasn’t worth your time reading it. If that’s the case, then don’t read it. I’m voicing my opinion. If you don’t agree with it then tell me why. If you don’t like reading my other posts that’s fine, but wtf does that have to do with my own integrity?"

    Pathetic. You think I'm going to leave a comment here and not wait for the response? Grow up. Your integrity was instantly damaged when you responded to a very valid question – "have you ever been ripped off?" – with the complete kop-out of "Thanks for reading".

    "Sure, let’s ruin the reputation of a hotel and hope that it has to close down and every single member of staff loses their jobs while the tourists fly back home without a care in the world. The police sure aren’t going to do anything now are they."

    Again, have you ever been ripped off? From a safety deposit box? During a holiday? Sure, insurance may cover the damage, but that's a good few months down the line. If it's a common phenomenon in the hotel why haven't any proactive steps been taken about it? This paragraph in your original post sums up your attitude to the tourists entirely –

    "While situations like this are unfortunate, I’m left wondering why the holidaymakers don’t just get their money back on insurance and let the matter rest. They certainly won’t be able to make the world spin backwards to achieve some sort of harmony here – this is Thailand."

    Insurance will cover it, slap on the wrists to whoever is stupid enough to get caught, life goes on here. Not saying anything at all would help a lot more than making the inane point your attempting to make now. To me, it really does sound like you're siding with the people who have their hands in the till…

    Does the guy with a "get out of jail free" card own this hotel?

  12. Firstly, I didn't think it was a real question, since you then went on to insult me straight after it. And yes, I have been ripped off. What's your point? If you're going to come at me with pathetic jibes then why the hell would I waste my time replying to a question like that? So now that you know I've been ripped off, what next?

  13. it really does sound like you’re siding with the people who have their hands in the till

    I'm not siding with whomever it was who stole their stuff. But tell me, do you know who stole their stuff? I don't. So let's hold back the firing squad for at least two minutes before we bring the place down.

  14. If it’s a common phenomenon in the hotel why haven’t any proactive steps been taken about it?

    How long has this been going on for then? Do you even know?

  15. The tourists are doing EXACTLY the right thing by attempting to trash the reputation of the hotel. This will make other hotels sit up and notice. If they have a thief working for them – a cleaning lady or bell boy or whatever – they will deal with them harshly (as in, outside of the police who may do nothing). Your name can be muck and you will never work again in Phuket (no half-decent job) if they know you're a thief. The threat of losing a lot of tourists is a big big threat – it can easily kill a business stone dead.

    Doing nothing but simply getting the money back on insurance encourages other thieves because they know they can steal with impunity. It also hurts unrelated businesses because tourists lose the general trust of the area.

    By the way, I think generally Thais are very honest with tourists and this kind of theft is rare.

  16. I'm starting to think maybe you're right — to an extent. But the fact is, at the moment, we don't know what happened in any clear detail. This issue has never been raised with this hotel before, so who really knows what the deal is?

  17. Which says quite a lot about their being quick on the uptake about the wonderful Thai police really.

    Hey Matt, you work for a newspaper, why not do an investigation? *chortle*

  18. I've never read this blog before, but the idea is intriguing. As far as this article, I have to side with the tourists. They should stand up and fight. At the very least it should be a red flag to future tourists who would stay there. If no one stands up and fights, this hotel could continue to rip people off forever.

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