[quote=“AndyO”]Yeah, I understand your points, but I didn’t post this to get any “sympathy” for my friend for doing something stupid (Vannyel: ) I just thought it was an odd reaction by the officer and out of curiosity, I was wondering if this happens often. I don’t believe he “ran away” from the officer - he was going to find a bank or something. I’ve had to deal with those guys at the overstay office a few times (yeah, more than once - long story) and they were always pleasant, just filled out the documents and asked me to pay the money. One time I left the overstay office to go to the bank to withdraw money for the fine and there weren’t any problems, I just said I’d be right back. I wasn’t aware I was being detained. I’ve also had several experiences with US and British customs in drug and weapons searches etc, but they’ve always been “professional” about it. And last I checked, authorities aren’t given the right to beat people just for annoying them. A ban, sure. A stay in the cell - er…I guess . A beating - let’s be civil here folks.
My friend’s brother got a severe beating by local cops after he had an accident on a stolen motorcycle. He wasn’t aware the bike was stolen, since he had just borrowed it from a friend. Yep, he was Taiwanese. Unless it’s in self defense, I don’t see how you can accept authorities beating anyone…[/quote]
Well since we only know what has been posted it might SEEM odd; however, if he actually threw the change on the counter and turned for the door, I doubt if the officer thought he was just walking out to find a bank. BTW, since you said you’ve had this problem several times before - didn’t you clue your buddy to the fact that he would need more than the change in his pocket or how to ‘handle’ the guys at the overstay office?
As for the way you were treated by the U.S. and British officials, do you think their actions might have something to do with the way you were acting? Tell you what, next time you go to the U.S., and the customs guy asks you a question, just start belittling his career choice, his IQ, his family and then throw a pocket full of change on the desk in front of him. Tell us how he responds, OK?
He was rude, he had to be a yank…