Pattaya Daily News

28 November 2006 :: 16:11:04 pm 5325

“Petty” crime tourists

Brits head towards Thailand, to indulge in an "orgy" of petty crime. British men and women, hoping to avoid the shame and embarrassment that committing petty crimes would bring at home are flying in their thousands to Thailand where they can indulge in minor civil offences without anyone at home finding out.
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 A new report published this week has revealed a shocking catalogue of petty crimes being committed by outwardly respectable British men and women, who regularly visit the backstreets of Bangkok for the illicit thrill of parking on double yellow lines, buying dodgy VCD’s (that can’t even be used in Britain), cycling on the pavement (without a helmet and no lights). 

            One such petty crime tourist is ‘Ken’ from Daventry (not his real name); ‘If the people at work knew what I did during my week off they’d be appalled. But when I come out here I can indulge my darkest fantasies; downloading free songs off the internet, leaving shopping trolleys in the multi-story car park and taking clothes back to Marks and Spencer after I’ve worn them a couple of times”. Ken also said that ” I have been approached by a Tuk Tuk driver, who wanted to take me the wrong way up a One Way Street but I haven’t reached that level of depravity yet!” 

            As the interview finished, Ken fell onto his hired motorbike and rode off into the sunset, without a helmet, flip flops askew and 24 Chang under his belt 

            It’s not just British men who head to Asia to get their kicks from technical law-breaking. A large Dutch man claimed he came here every year to buy a beer from one bar, and walk with the half full glass onto the next one. 

            But these are not victimless crimes. Each year, it’s estimated that over a hundred young women catch the Bangkok Buffalo and head towards the “Bright Lights”. These buffalo’s are never equipped with seat belts and a buffalo pile-up is not a pretty sight. 

            Girls as young as 17 were being taken to see films with a 18 certificate. 

            Now the new Thai government is clamping down on petty crime tourists by posting their photos on the internet. ‘That’s me there’ said ‘Bob’ from Birmingham, using the unsecured wireless network of the hotel next door without their permission.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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