American could face prison time in Thailand for posting irate TripAdvisor review

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  1. 4Rules

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    Wesley Barnes, who works in Thailand, became dissatisfied with his meal at the Sea View Koh Chang resort on the island of Koh Chang, when staff attempted to charge him a $15 corkage fee after Barnes brought his own bottle of alcohol to the table. After a verbal spat with a manager, Barnes took to the internet to complain about the experience — as North Americans are wont to do — detailing allegedly “unfriendly staff” who he claimed “act like they don’t want anyone here.” But after Sea View staff got wind of the review, and subsequently failed to have it removed from TripAdvisor by the site or to make contact with Barnes himself, management made the decision to contact local authorities and file a complaint under Thailand’s strict defamation laws. Consequently, Barnes was arrested and spent a weekend in jail before being released on bail. If he is convicted of criminal defamation, he could be sentenced to up to two years in custody and fined up to 200,000 Baht (approximately C$8,486).
    https://nationalpost.com/news/world...thailand-for-posting-irate-tripadvisor-review
     
  2. DaleGribble

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    Bringing your own booze to a restaurant is kind of dickish...
     
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    So Thailand has an anti-Karen law.
     
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    The guy works in Thailand and doesn’t understand how that place works??

    When in a foreign land act like you’re walking on eggshells cause you are.
     
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    Corking fees are very standard, what is this guy's problem?

    It's possible it has nothing to do with wine, or a fee. :p Trump upset him obvi.
     
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  8. 4Rules

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    In my experience, charging a 'corkage fee' is a standard practice in many places - so much so that it's usually printed right on the menu - so I wouldn't expect that the accused would find any sympathy on TripAdvisor.
     
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    Why bother writing a review? Does it soothe an ego or something? Satisfying revenge?
     
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    No.....but, *****ing about being charged a corkage fee on Trip Advisor is.
     
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    I always thought "corking fees" were stupid, until you find out the wait staff usually serves you anyway, and you are using their dishes/glasses, and essentially renting their space for your pleasure, so while I too see bringing your own alcohol to a restaurant as "kind of dickish", if they want to charge you, pay it and then you don't have to feel like a dick.
     
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    Hope he goes to the big house, where the real corking fees are..
     
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    Big reason why foreigners hate Americans. If this jerk was the only American you know, what would you think of the rest of them?
     
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    People fail to realize that when they are in another country they are subject to that countries laws. Additionally, in spite of people complaining that the US is not really "free", this guy is finding out that a lot of other countries are a lot less free.

    I would suggest to him "Buckle up Buttercup".
     
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    You have to remember where you are and where you aren't. I quit referring to myself as an American when in Canada, U.S. Citizen is better. Canada is in North America, right?
     
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    Someone is being held responsible for social media postings? What a great idea!
     
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    When you choose to live in another country, you better get familiar with their rules and laws.
     
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    Surprise not everyplace is like America.

    Another reason foreign travel dosnt interest me much.
     
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    The wife’s from Thailand. Been there ten times. Bringing your own bottle is not uncommon at all. My BIL likes drinking good stuff and the waiter(s) assigned to our table would pour it for him. As far as a corking fee, I have no idea. Personally I have no problem with it, I’d even expect it.

    As far as not telling anyone I’m American, there are many Westerners there from all over but when people find out you’re from USA they cozy right up to you. There is a certain mystique about America that will probably never go away. I can go into great detail and give many examples why but it is certainly there and it’s deep.

    Too many times I’ve seen Europeans who smell like they haven’t bathed in weeks, dressed in clothing a thrift store would toss out, acting like complete arrogant jerks. I always treat the locals with respect and dress decently because I know that I and the USA am on display.
     
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