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Grumpy expats

Dear Editor,
I have been in Chiang Mai for a few years now and have noticed an increasing trend among the older, retired crowd (of which I am one, I should add) of a growing amount of curt, rude behavior.
These people are testy not only with fellow expats but also Thai people whom they seem to think are here to make sure their lives are comfortable. The other day I saw one man (I will not use the term gentleman since he most certainly wasn’t) castigate the poor waitress because she couldn’t understand his thick German accent. He actually yelled at her that he wanted his water and he wanted it now. She was mortified and so was I, I must say. It is very embarrassing to be a foreigner here when some of us behave in an incredibly rude manner.
I see people behave in ways that they would never do in their own countries. Or perhaps they do and that is why they had to leave; nobody wanted them there either.
I would like to remind people that we choose to live here and that we have a responsibility to behave in a civilised manner that makes people happy to have us here. Living here is certainly not our right, regardless of what some may think, but a privilege and one that some abuse horribly.
So, I remind people to behave in a civil way, with good manners, surely something those of us who are older were taught to do.
Signed,
Had enough of rude people


Work permit for a bank account!

Dear Editor,
I went into two Kasikorn Bank branches today and each Manager told me that it is now not possible for a ‘Farang’ to open a new Savings Account without a Work Permit!!!!! Apparently K Bank is only the first to implement this policy.
I would be interested to hear if any other foreigners living in Chiang Mai have encountered this recently and if so was it at any bank other than K-Bank? Is this a new policy or is this just a few random managers who think you need a work permit?
If so, how can a foreigner moving to Chiang Mai then fulfill the bank deposit requirement for Immigration?
Signed,
Account-less in Chiang Mai.


Passport office closed?

Dear Editor,
My girlfriend went to get a passport last week and was told the office was closed because of the demonstrations in Bangkok. I must admit I was quite surprised by this, apparently the Bangkok office is the only office that actually processes the applications and the office here merely accepts the application.
There are over 65 million people in this country, more than a fair few of them travel. The closure of the passport office has meant that we have been forced to cancel our trip altogether. I did not get a full refund on my tickets either.
How on earth can a government run with only one passport office processing all applications for the entire country? This seems the height of folly! Is there any notion of when the passport office will re-open? My girlfriend went every day for about a week and finally gave up. Mainly she gave up because we had to cancel our trip.
I would like her to still get one so any information on when the office finally plans on re-opening would be most welcome
Signed,
Frustrated with the Passport Office
Editor responds;
Dear Frustrated,
The Passport Office re-opened on February 3 but is only accepting 200 applications per day. I understand the first day the office was absolutely overrun with applicants. If your girlfriend doesn’t need it immediately you might want to wait until the backlog of people desperate for their passports gets cleared before she goes to the office.
Yours,
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Incessant barking dog

Dear Editor,
I live in a small mooban and there is one neighbor who has three dogs, one of whom barks incessantly. The dog then sets off the other dogs which then sets off every other dog in the neighborhood.
This person, even when home, never yells at his dog to stop. He seems to not hear it, or not care. It is worse in the middle of the night when the dog starts up and gets all the other dogs barking their heads off at 3 a.m.
I know it is just the one dog because he barks constantly. I suspect the other dogs get too tired to join in with his barking so he just continues to bark away. Non-stop. I just can’t understand such irresponsible and inconsiderate owners. I have left notes at their house to no avail.
Next option I guess is to then go and knock on their door some night, perhaps at 3 a.m. when their bloody dog wakes up the entire neighborhood again.
Signed.
Dog lover but not that dog


Struck by a pedestrian

Dear Editor,
Well I have lived in Chiang Mai for quite a few years now and traveled all over Thailand and this was a first even for me. I was driving slowly down a soi and a Chinese man was so busy looking at his phone that he walked into the side of my motorbike. He walked into me hard enough that he knocked me off my bike.
He did not bother to help me up, nor did he apologize for walking into me as I was driving down the road. His answer? “I was looking at my phone.”
Not any interest if I was injured by his actions or if my bike was damaged. Just that he was looking at his phone. I was stunned by his callous disregard for anything beyond himself and what he wanted.
I hope this is not indicative of the many Chinese tourists that come to Chiang Mai because if so, we are all in big trouble.
Regards
Accident victim


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Grumpy expats

Work permit for a bank account!

Passport office closed?

Incessant barking dog

Struck by a pedestrian

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