I guess this guy should have contacted Mr. Save.
“Whetham worked in exchange for accommodation, so he should have applied for a work permit,” said Su Yu-kuo (蘇裕國), a senior specialist in the Ministry of Labor’s Development Agency.
I wonder, how many sound artists are there in Taiwan, and what does their economic situation look like? Do they sit in cubicles from 9 to 5 being productive under the supervision of their sound managers? If foreigners were allowed to sit at these cubicles, how would it affect the local economy? (I’m only being half facetious.)
Whetham, now traveling in Japan, issued a statement through Yeh, saying he had seen many artists from other countries share their work and experience in Taiwan “for no payment, but to help and support the local community.”
However, “because someone was very unkind and reported me as working illegally without a permit, I have had to leave Taiwan and may not return for some time,” Whetham said, adding that he was shocked that he and his friends were sanctioned, despite fully cooperating with the agency.
“Agencies should pay more attention to more serious violations — such as those who apply for a tourist visa yet carry out financial scams — and be more flexible about artistic interactions,” Chen said.
It doesn’t mention the fine he’s supposed to pay.