BE CAREFUL WHILE TRAVELING OVERSEAS
An Indian was detained in Bangkok for stealing a box of cigarettes in a
duty-free shop in Bangkok International Airport . He had paid for chocolates
and a carton of cigarettes. The cashier put a packet of cigarettes extra
into his bag and he thought it was a free pack.
He was arrested for shop-lifting and the Thai Police extortion price was
30,000 Baht for his release. He spent two nights in jail and paid 500 Baht
for an air-conditioned cell, 200-300 baht for each visitor and 11,000 baht
for his fi nal release. The Police shared the money in front of his eyes. On
top of that, he was charged in court and fi ned 2,000 baht by the magistrate
and handcuffed and escorted to his plane. His passport was stamped “Thief”.
While there, his relatives requested help from the Indian Embassy and was
told that they are helpless, many Asians are victimized similarly daily and
letters and phone-calls to the Thai authorities are ignored.
He shared a cell with a Singaporean the fi rst night who paid 60,000 baht for
his release. The second night was a Malaysian national who paid 70,000 baht.
Mind you this was not in a shanty shop in downtown Bangkok but in a duty
free shop at the Bangkok Int’l Airport . BE WARNED.
The above is 100% correct information because Mr.Rajan Khera’s customer from
India faced exactly the same scenario mentioned above when he was in transit
at Bangkok Int’l Airport coming to Taipei .
Someone who went through the same ordeal in Dubai . He bought stuff at the
Duty Free upon entering. The girl at Duty Free put a bottle of cologne in
his shopping bag (he did not even see it happen). He was arrested for
stealing (this is before he even picked up his luggage). He sat at the
airport jail where he was harassed for the whole day. NO FOOD, NO WATER for
one day and only after he paid a fi ne (bribe of US 500…). That is all the
cash he had in his pocket at the time. They let him go. These are scams that
are happening all over the place. Please BE CAREFUL! All of this is
pre-planned and the people who work at the airport know who to target.
Unbelievable but apply caution…. the duty free employees intentionally put
extra items to scam the passengers.
ALWAYS TAKE A RECEIPT FOR ANY FREE GIFT THAT THE DUTY FREE SHOP GIVES.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND WATCHFUL WHEN YOU ARE BEING BILLED AND ITEMS PACKED IN
INTERNATIONAL AIR PORTS (DUTY FREE SHOPS).
(contributed by:SN on 23.07.2011)