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A strange thing happened in the bank

Softball is like rounders

Hours have changed

Disturbing the peace

A strange thing happened in the bank

Editor;

First, I’d like to say that I’ve been a very satisfied customer of (my bank) here in Thailand for the past 13 years. But something I experienced there the other day has left me shaking my head, wondering what they were thinking...

Last week Friday, I went to my local bank branch, as I wanted to return a few valuables to the safe. After I signed the record, the very friendly lady accompanied me, as usual, into the strong room. My eyes immediately spotted a revolver and a few bullets prominently placed on the shelves, clearly visible, and - the most worrying part - in easy reach of anyone entering, may it be a child or a person who was just looking for an opportunity.

Asking the employee what was that about, she just shrugged and smiled. Then left. Now it was only me in the strong room (discretion guaranteed...) alone with the gun. Now, just thinking about the “what if” worries me quite a bit. What could have happened, “if”? At that time, around 30 customers were there, plus the employees, and it could have led to a potential disaster.

Is that what one calls “security”? I, personally, would really be interested in a statement from the bank, and I would love to speak to the branch manager about it. On the other hand, the (bank) people have always been good to me and have treated me nicely, so I don’t really want to come down on them too strong.

It is quite a dilemma.

Confused in CNX


Softball is like rounders

Sir;

I intended writing to you several weeks ago concerning the playing of soft/baseball in Europe. I believe you suggested these games were unknown outside the major playing countries, but this is not the case. I remember that the girls at my high school played a game which was called “rounders” while we boys played cricket. The rules of rounders were almost identical to those of soft/baseball. This was in Britain in the 40’s.

Faithfully,

Tony Knowles

Sankamphaeng


Hours have changed

Editor;

Since the publishing of my article on the 700yr Sports Complex (July 12), the hours of the fitness center have been changed. The weight room is unfortunately now only open in the afternoon and evening from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Don Lee


Disturbing the peace

Editor;

I can empathize with the people in Fang who fear their “peaceful and attractive image” is being destroyed by karaoke bars along the roadsides (last week’s Chiangmai Mail story “Karaoke entertainment outlets in Fang a problem” on page 4).

Having lived in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood for many years, every so often someone nearby throws a “karaoke party”, well that’s what I call them. Usually there are balloons and food and occasionally monks come early in the day, so I suppose it could be birthday parties or rights of passage, or a public holiday or whatever, but the constant seems to be a very loud karaoke machine that gets cranked up in the afternoon.

The problem is, this usually goes on all night. And worse yet, it seems the later it gets, the drunker the partiers become, the worse they sing and the higher they turn up the volume knob. It is disturbing the peace, but more than that, it is also rather embarrassing listening to these MTV wannabes.

I love Thai music, but what these croakers do to these beautiful songs is tragic. I’ve often thought about tape-recording them, then playing it back, loudly, at about 10 the next morning (when they are still hungover) but I fear that would only wake them up, get them drinking again and start using the karaoke machine more before they have to return it to wherever they got it from.

So, I feel lucky that this only happens now and again (well, about every other week it seems) and I couldn’t imagine having one of these places permanently built next to my house. I’d have to move! Once again, I empathize with people in Fang that have to put up with these places being built around them.

Sincerely,

Hardy Noyes



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