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Unfair criticism?

Where’s your common sense?

Thanks from a master pianist

 

Unfair criticism?

Dear Editor
I was sorry to read in Chiang Mai Mail 18-24 August about the theft of Richard Ypenberg’s passport at a city hotel pool. I can imagine the difficulties he will be going through.
However, theft of this type is surely a world-wide problem and so it is slightly disingenuous to single out Thailand as having its safe reputation undermined because of a few local passport thefts.
Why should he assume the poolside as a secure environment? And why criticise the hotel or Tourist Police when the serious inconvenience Richard faces is as a result of his own basic security lapses.
It is a comment on yourself, Richard, that you feel the need to blame someone else for your own shortcomings.
Jim

 

Where’s your common sense?

Dear Editor,
I would like to reply to the gentleman that wrote a letter to the Editor in the August 18-24 edition, ‘Watch out, there’s a thief about!’ August 18-24 Issue
In reply, my most basic comment is:- Ask yourself this - if you were anywhere else in the world – England, USA, Canada, Vietnam, etc., swimming in or hanging out around the local pool – would you bring your wallet, and obviously your passport with you? No, you would probably leave it locked up either in the car, locker room or at home or the hotel safe. Why should you be surprised that here in Thailand they would be stolen when you bring them to the pool with you – whether in the backpack, or sitting on a patio pool table? Thefts happen just as easily in Thailand as they do anywhere else. Common sense is what seems to be lacking.
As for the lack-lustre response from Thai authorities – do you really think you would be treated any differently in any other country? This is a bit of a rant because it gets very tiring listening to people complain about this sort of thing, when its obvious they just don’t have any common sense. This is on par with flying to Goa in India then coming home and complaining that there was curry food everywhere or that the beaches were too sandy.
An anonymous reader of Chiang Mai Mail


Thanks from a master pianist

Hello, Editor,
This is Sek Thongsuwan - you wrote about my piano recital in last week’s issue.
First of all I would like to thank you that you support me in everything.
I am very happy with your kindness and understanding.
It’s true that on that day the instrument was bad and some people kept annoying me and the other audience, but I did what I can the best on that day, so I hope that next time when I have a chance to perform in Chiang Mai, I’ll do better than this time.
Thank you very much, and if there is anything I can do for you please ask
My work is here:-
http://www.youtube.com/user/Thongsuwan
Best Regards
Sek Thongsuwan