Wednesday, 28th November 2012
MAN SHOOTS AIR CONDITIONING SALESMAN - Reports are coming in of a Thai man entering an Air Conditioning sales center to complain about the amount of time it is taking the company to install his new air conditioner. Unhappy with the answer, and in true Thai fashion, the customer pulls a .38 revolver and shoots the salesman in the stomach.
Police have apprehended the suspect with a .38 revolver on his person and the salesman is said to be in a stable condition in the hospital.
Senseless shootings certainly occur all over the world but Thailand is increasingly becoming an extremely violent society. It is nothing unusual of hearing, as an example, of an off-duty police officer armed and out with friends, only for an argument to erupt in which the officer shoots dead his friend. The resulting punishment is often a slap on the wrist and then a swift transfer to another province. That’s justice Thai style.
What is really disturbing here is that fact that Thailand has a growing tourism industry and more and more cases of violence against foreign tourists, many resulting in the loss of life, is rising at an alarming rate, making Thailand one of the most dangerous countries to visit in the world.
A recent report shocked many people when it was revealed that Thailand’s violent gun crime rates far exceed those of the United States and outstrips Bogota Columbia by a hefty margin. What does this say about Thailand and the Thai people?
Thais show little remorse regardless of their criminal activities, whether it is peddling drugs or killing another person, Thai or Foreigner. The so called ‘Land of Smiles’ is not more than a smirk and often a smirk that lets the recipient know that you had better leave while you are still breathing.
Often many crimes go either unsolved or even without investigation simply because the all import ‘brown envelope’ hasn’t been forthcoming to grease the palms of the corrupt and inept police officers.
With yet another senseless shooting this one, like all the others, including any involved with Foreign Tourists, will slip away quietly into the night.
The most disturbing part of the lack of moral fortitude in Thai society has to be the Thai Government – read any article on the violent murder of a tourist, or other violent crime, such as rape and the Thai Officials first port of call is to spin the wheels of the media which most often involves getting the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to issue a statement that the recent demise or other violent crime against a foreign tourist has not caused any harm to the influx of foreign tourists – this, for me, and many others, shows the true side of Thai nature when money is far more important than human life.
If you think this is an exaggeration read the article – Consumers Moral Obligation to Boycott Products – there are a few instances in the article where tourism in Thailand is fueling the abduction of children who often end up on the streets begging from tourists or in forced prostitution by the Thai Police.