Read this if you travel a lot and specially if you’re Asian
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 an extra pack of cigarettes 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 final release. The Police shared the money in front of his eyes. On top of that, he was charged in court and fined 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, and 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 first 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 International Airport .. So – 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 going to Taipei .
Someone went through the same ordeal in Dubai . He bought stuff at the duty-free shop upon entering. The girl at the duty-free shop 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 fine (bribe of US 500..). That was 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….duty-free employees intentionally put extra items to scam 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 AT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS (DUTY FREE SHOPS)
PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS WHO TRAVEL A LOT!
Occupy Wall Street…from Your Home
How do you do that? Read Moffa’s brilliant (and funny!) suggestions
‘Moffa wanted to start a dialogue with the banks and to show his support for Occupy Wall Street but the distance from New York City and his job prevented him from doing so. So to show his support Moffa has designed an Occupy Wall Street alternative that any American can participate in.
‘Moffa suggests that for those with little or no time to simply seal the return envelope and drop it in a mailbox. For those with a little extra time, he suggest stuffing the envelope with all of the documents that accompany the return envelope including folding the envelope sent by the bank before sealing it. The heavier the envelope, the more it will cost the bank. While costing the bank more money is not the primary purpose, it is an added benefit.
‘Moffa also suggests sending a note with a message to the banks, or including something like a small wood shim or roofing shingle to bulk up the envelope and make it stiff and rigid. Moffa believes that once the banks get several envelopes filled with roofing shingles or wood shims and several thousand empty envelopes then maybe they will have a meeting about it and stop sending out so many of the credit card applications. Moffa said for every envelope sent to the bank someone has to handle it meaning that for every hour the banks spend on the envelopes, that’s an hour the bank can’t spend creating more foreclosures and causing more problems for poor Americans…’