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Red Light Jumping

This is a news program from 2009, it shows their investigation into people who jump the red lights and cause accidents. This is a big problem in Thailand, there are very few motorways in Thailand and drivers treat the wide straight roads as though they are motorways. Speeding is one thing, but those roads have junctions and traffic lights! Here they show the far more serious accidents that happen when they drive through the red lights.

See the truck at 3 min 11 seconds into the clip. He drives through the red light hitting a motorcyclist, and hardly slows down. The car at 3:28 also drives through the red, hitting a motorcyclist.

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Mugging in Nakhorn Phanom


I was in the land registry office at Nakhorn Phanom a few days ago, and saw a disturbing sight. In Thailand when you buy a piece of land you receive a Chanot, a document that is the title to the land with a detailed description of where it is and the dimensions. I was transferring land and this is done at the Land Registry Office for the district. It takes a lot of paperwork and there's a long queue, so it took all day.

It began early in the morning, I was waiting for a pre-queue number, and an old frail lady was clutching a Chanot in the carpark, with two younger women grabbing her arms. She was screaming something about it being her Chanot, and her land. Was she being mugged? Should I call the police? I hesitated, they weren't grabbing the Chanot from her hand, and they could easily do that.

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Bullet Hole Decal


It's quite amazing that some company thought they'd make fake bullet hole decals, for people who want a more 'shot-up' look to their cars. These are strangely popular in Thailand, I wonder when someone will make a fake rust decal.

I dare you


Everywhere I go, people put up 'no photo' signs. It's like a dare, I just have to photo them. They think they're protecting their designs from being copied, but they're also stopping their designs being promoted. Like the amazing wooden chair shop above... except you can't see it. I photographed his 'no photo' sign instead, it's a missed marketing opportunity.

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Ekamai Bus Station Shortchanger


I know shortchanging is a common scam worldwide, but you don't see it so often now in Thailand. I was at Ekamai bus station (the Eastern Bus Terminal for Bangkok) with my friend Cherry. It was 6am December 19th, we had just bought our bus tickets and she realized she only had 1000 baht notes with her. She had one 500 baht note, change from the bus ticket window, but she wanted more small notes, so she went to buy something at this shop.
I could see something was wrong, it was taking far too long, the woman was wandering around the shop as if looking for something, so I went over and talked to Cherry. She said she was waiting for her change, but the woman was delaying handing it back. She feared she was about to be scammed, and sure enough when the woman finally handed back the change it was change from 500 baht not 1000 baht! Cherry had been shortchanged.

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