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Vol. XII No.18 - Sunday September 8 - Saturday September 21, 2013


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When will hypocrisy end?

Dear Editor,
What a scandal: someone used dirty chemical weapons against soldiers and civilians. How relieved I feel now that the big world policemen and the UNO do not condone such a barbaric act! They cry foul, talk about red line and even about military retaliation - After all they will ask: don’t we already have enough “clean” weapons for killing our neighbours? We can choose bare hands, axes, knives, arrows, stones, bombs of all sizes, grenades, high and low velocity bullets, handguns, rifles, AK-47, M-16, missiles, mortars, drones and even nuclear bombs on big cities among high technology weapons.
Someone once asked me what is the best proof that other forms of intelligent being live around us in the universe? Answer: they never contacted us!
Dr Olivier Meyer, Pattaya
A world citizen for peace


Accident article

Dear Editor,
In the Vol. XII No.17 - Sunday August 25 - Saturday September 7, 2013 Online edition of the CM Mail, you have an article about what to do in case you have a road accident.
I would like to commend the author and The Mail for this article. The information contained within is vital for every foreigner whether they are driving a car or a motorcycle. It was informative, direct and covered most of the aspects we foreigners living here would worry about. I loved this article so much I think this should be a regular feature with different aspects of the law that foreigners and Thai alike should know. Of course it may be already and I may just need to read The Mail more regularly. But, if not, I would make it one!
Thanks,
Stan
Dear Stan,
Thanks for the feedback, for those who may have missed it, it can be found here:
http://www.chiangmai-mail. com/current/news.shtml#hd17
Regards
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Annoying sales assistants

Dear Editor,
Can somebody please teach sales assistants that we really don’t need them to follow us every step we take, nor do they need to make some comment on every item looked at. Nor do they need to make “helpful” suggestions on what else we may like to look at. I end up walking away, so they lose any chance of a sale, because there is no place to go without a dozen assistants practically in my face.
I just get frustrated telling 10 or so assistants that I don’t want assistance. Even when you tell them you do not need help, they still don’t go away and try to help. I don’t want to be rude, but it is just so annoying.
I recently watched the new stand-up comedy show by “Nose” Udom where he touched on this subject. I imagine you know who I’m talking about. He was asking why do shop assistants have to be glued to his hip, and how annoying it is, so he ends up leaving. With him being so well known and distinctive looking I can’t imagine they would suspect him of being a shoplifter. Also, the audience was in stitches nodding in agreement about the scenario.
If most Thai people find it incredibly frustrating to the point of walking away, why are staff not being trained to ask if assistance is needed (and then step back when told no need) then keep a watchful eye (for possible shoplifting or required assistance)? That way they allow shoppers to shop in peace. You would imagine staff trainers would teach their staff in how to respond to customers in order to increase sales, not to have the customer walk away.
Signed,
Frustrated shopper


New in town

Dear Editor,
I am new in town (and Thailand). Can you suggest any good Thai restaurants and pubs worth trying out in Chiang Mai? I also have an international driver’s license. Can I use that to rent a long-term motorbike?
Signed Newbie
Editor responds
Dear Newbie,
Chiang Mai is full of great Thai restaurants and while we tend to review more western places in our Eating Out column on Page 13, we love Thai food too! A really charming place with great Northern food is called Huen Muan Jai and it is in the Santitham area, turn down the soi next to the Bangkok Bank on Huay Kaew Road and cross over to the next road and go down a little bit. Pubs are all over, it depends on what kind of atmosphere you are looking for. Perhaps some of our regular readers can assist by writing in to [email protected] with suggestions?
Finally, bike rental places rarely check that you even have a license much less know how to drive when renting out a motorbike. However, it is best to have an international motorcycle license when driving, or better yet, apply for a Thai driver’s license if you have a long term visa. This will help protect you in case of an accident.
Any readers who would like to offer suggestions please feel free to write in for our newbie reader.


Beware the wheel clamp!

Dear Editor,
When Chiang Mai Traffic Police wheel clamped us for incorrect parking, they used to stick a warning notice on the windscreen as well as the ‘fine form’ on the driver’s window.
Well on the 27th in soi 3, Nimmanhaemin, unwittingly parked on the wrong side that day, I got the form on the driver’s window but not the warning. I glanced at the front offside wheel, but seeing no clamp I began to turn to park on the other side. Crunch crunch!
Happily there was no damage to my car, but the remains of the police padlock cost 100b on top of the 500b fine. All I can say apart from this warning was the policeman arrived promptly after calling him, and was smiling and friendly as he took my cash!
A. Driver


Unfriendly petrol station

Dear Editor,
I have tended to avoid the Shell petrol station on Huay Kaew road, except when parking there to use a restaurant across the road. All those restaurants have an agreement for customers to park there. noToo often when buying petrol there some years ago I was queue-jumped and got scowls not smiles. But on August 20th at almost 6.00pm, something odd and interesting happened there.
A few hundred meters earlier in heavy traffic, while slowly passing Kad Suan Kaew, a modern black 4 door Mazda made a crude attempt to cut me up. I was having none of it, thanks mainly to my cheap and slightly scratched paint job, and trundled along slowly ahead of him in the queue. I had not used the horn or waved any fingers. It was so trivial I didn’t even give my usual slow, tired, shake of the head.
But I noticed that he followed me, ignoring overtaking opportunities, and when I indicated left to pull into the Shell station, he suddenly slowed and allowed other cars to get between us. This was such a change from his previous pushy style, I stayed alert.
In the forecourt I reversed into a vacant space, facing the pumps. A few seconds later he did the same, parking 2 vehicles away, almost out of my sight. I stayed in the car pretending to be on the phone, to watch and maybe learn.
This small, slim young person with a small excuse for a chin-fuzz beard, walked steadily over to one of the pump attendants, glancing at me as he did so. The two clearly knew each other as there were no greetings or preamble. Mr. Mazda nodded in my direction, the pump attendant looked over, nodded his head and Mr. M steadily returned to his car, looking again at me. He immediately drove out (yes, I got his number, just in case) without doing any other business there.
To avoid even more scratches (or maybe 2 deflated tyres, or whatever?) I drove out a few minutes later and found another parking spot nearby. To be fore-warned is to be fore-armed, as they say.
Anyone else had any real or potential trouble there?
Bill Sykes


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

When will hypocrisy end?

Accident article

Annoying sales assistants

New in town

Beware the wheel clamp!

Unfriendly petrol station

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