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Offline thaiga

22 arrested for deceiving, causing nuisances to foreign tourists

Twenty-two Thais have been arrested for causing nuisances to foreign tourist and luring them to be overcharged at jewellery shops and restaurants, Tourist Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Apichai Thi-amart said Thursday.
He said the group often intercepted tourists at the entrance to Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho and lied to them that the temples were closed and took them to venues where they were overcharged for goods and foods.

He said the group had damaged the country's reputation because the victims had posted messages on social media about their plights.

Apichai said the arrests were made after police sent undercover officers, who appear like foreign tourists, to the venues where the group's members were preying on tourists.
 
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Offline Johnnie F.

A step in the right direction.  :salute
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Offline thaiga

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"Tourist police drew up a plan to arrest the swindling gang members that prey on tourists and this has led to the arrest of 22 members," the national police chief said. "The gang’s activities have ruined the image of the country and the tourism industry."

The gang was made up of tuk-tuk drivers and their associates. They hung out at the entrance gates of places like the Grand Palace. They approach tourists, particularly those travelling alone, and give false information about the historic temples in the areas being closed because of religious activities, Pol Gen Somyot said. They would then use pressure tactics to persuade the tourists to visit other venues such as jewellery shops, restaurants and tailor shops that offer them special fees for bring in customers.

Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said the gang received high commission fees of up to 30% of sales from some jewellery shops, restaurants and tailor shops.

He cited the case of Chinese tourists who were recently lured to a seafood restaurant and had to pay an exhorbitant food bill.
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