Pattaya Daily News

25 October 2007 :: 21:10:44 pm 6113

Facts About Internet Fast Food Operations

I wonder how can they do that trying to stop people downloading for viewing nude pictures in one place whilst there is a live sex show in the next block.
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The software program operation is a complete scam (my opinion only) because they know that nearly everyone may have been using their program because sometimes it’s automatically download by the Internet user. How come they don’t protect their property? The users get used to that, they let you enjoy their property for a while and all of a sudden they grab you. This is a trap!

The fact no. 1; The software company (such as Thai soft who owns the dictionary program) hires a consulting company, in my case I will name it: A.S.C. Company. (Absolutely crooks) to check Internet shops every now and then. I think the original idea wasn’t too bad if they just wanted to warn us or give the computer users some notice with a deadline when we have to buy the original from them or whatever. Actually, this program compares to illegal music and nude pictures are nothing. But remember my case happened in 2003, not so much about illegal music and nude pictures had been aware of using in the Internet service shops.

The fact is they make more money from fines than selling their product itself. Think about how many Internet shops in Pattaya and Chonburi? 200 shops? 12 Million baht? Would they sell that much for a small product? So even when they have to split the profit between them, they still make easy money. 

The fact No. 2; The ASC. Company runs their business like any other business with different sections in their office. These boys are the sales person, they don’t even have a degree as a lawyer or solicitor or consulting, they are just plain young guys who enjoy making fast money like their boss. They have basic salary and their commission, so the more they arrest the more they make money. They are trained to be harsh persons and have learned to negotiate and close their sales. Most of the time they are success, but they can’t do alone without the fact no. 3

The fact No. 3;
Since stealing is a criminal case not a civil case,The ASC. Company can’t just knock on our doors and arrest us by themselves. They need the police to accompany them. So if they randomly check the shops to find out who are using their programs illegally, they are lucky if someone is using their software and if they didn’t find anything, what will they do?
 The police cannot just cruise along with them to find no evidence. So they have to make sure that the shops have been acting in a criminal capacity by downloading illegal software. That’s why they start to create this nasty thing as you call it a dirty practice. But I can’t say who did it, The ASC. Company, the police, or they all work together, I don’t know. But one thing I know, because I asked the police when I was investigated, was that the police have to accompany the complainants; (whoever registers a complaint) and investigate the allegations raised.
The fact No. 4; the Internet shops are delicious fast food for them. That’s why they now develop their skills according to the new laws about illegal music and nude pictures on the Internet. The music probably needs people to complain and report to the police first but for nude pictures the police have got every right to walk in to your shops anytime. Now we are talking about the law here. You have to study more about the law. So my recommendation is to install a card (hardware) or some program that stop your customers saving files on your computers. I wonder how can they do that trying to stop people downloading for viewing nude pictures in one place whilst there is a live sex show in the next block.

I went to the police station a couple of times to follow my case. Each time I had to tell my story to different officers. Soon we became friends and sometimes I felt sorry for them, for the ones that work hard and get paid very little. They called me Pee (older sister). From that experience, I learned a lot, learnt to play safe and learnt to forgive. The ASC. Company called me once trying to negotiate by reducing the price down to 30,000 baht, then I could have my computers back and they will drop the case. My son and I have come so far that we feel we must carry on to the bitter end for justice and we have a lot of friends who have supported us, which we would like to thank you all here.

One day, The ASC. Company head office called me and said my son has the same last name of his respected person, and he mentioned the last name. I had to hold myself not to laugh out loud because the last name he was pronouncing was slightly different from my son’s one. (I have my original last name from my family; my son uses his father’s last name).

Well, the conversation went smoothly on the phone, that’s why I said I learnt to stay calm because if I still played hard, I might end up losing and have to pay more!

The arrangement of returning the bail money was discussed creatively. Have you heard about “ Sugar canes in the elephant’s mouth”? Yes, the elephant had already chewed some and can’t just let go the whole thing. It ended up costing me 10,000 baht for their damage. My damage of not having the computers for two months plus my time, my black record as a thief, no one cares. I repeatedly balanced my thoughts ( back to read; If you don’t pay the fine, and choose to fight in court, even you win, you still have to pay for the lawyers, the time, all kinds of fee and normally the case will take years.) I just smiled to the phone receiver and said “ DEAL!”

Thank you for following my story, if you want to read about my mission to try to get the 200,000 baht back; I can spare the time to tell you more. That will be another story.

Wipa Rattanachai

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