Be careful at the Airport. I would say DO NOT buy anything at the KING POWER duty free stores inside the airport in Bangkok.
In fact I wouldn’t even enter any store. Just go to your gate and wait.
This is for Taiwanese and foreigners alike:
[quote]British couple fights Bangkok airport extortionists
Two tourists were held by an airport gang until they paid up £8,000
A British couple who were falsely accused of shoplifting in Bangkok airport and were forced to pay £8,000 in bribes to secure their release are to take legal action for compensation.
They were the victims of an extortion racket that has ensnared other foreign travellers at the airport, which handles most of the 800,000 British visitors to Thailand every year.
Stephen Ingram, 49, and Xi Lin, 45, both technology professionals from Cambridge, were detained by security guards as they went to board Qantas flight QF1 to London on the night of Saturday, April 25.
They were accused of taking a Givenchy wallet worth £121 from a King Power duty-free shop and were handed over to the police. An official release order from the local Thai prosecutor’s office subsequently conceded there was no evidence against them.
They were freed five days later after a frightening ordeal in which they said they were threatened and held against their will at a cheap motel on the airport perimeter until they had handed over the money. [/quote]
Read the rest here:
timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w … 590584.ece
Also here is more information about this scam and this covers an Irish woman accused and awaiting a trial:
[quote]£10,000 for eye shadow at King Power?- The Bangkok airport scam
Police volunteer admitted that 160 tourists were scammed in April including six Britons.
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She sat there clutching a plastic bag containing a lipstick along with a till receipt for 570 baht. Sian, from Kilkenny in Ireland saw her life ahead in a Bangkok jail and was clearly dumbstruck.
“I never intended to steal anything. I paid for the lipstick and had also picked up some eyeliner worth about 900 Thai baht and taken it to the till. This is all a terrible mistake. I paid by credit card. I thought I had paid for both times”
Sian faces a year in jail……unless.[/quote]
Nation May 2
Letters to the Editor
Ref: Are police involved in airport shoplifting scam? Letters, April 30
I echo the voice of J Nirmal Kumar’s letter. Recently a young student from an Asian nation was in transit to the US via Bangkok, and at the airport’s King Power duty-free shop he was accused of shoplifting. He was then handed over to the police, who later made him sign documents in Thai and took him to the police station.
Later one South Asian man claiming to be a Thai police officer demanded Bt300,000 from him and even made a long-distance phone call to his parents demanding the money. The guy claiming to be a Thai policeman later turned out to be a volunteer appointed by the police to help the tourist. Anyway, the student’s family sent money, and he had to pay a huge amount for his release. After a few days in police custody, his passport was stamped with a few words in Thai.
His embassy was also helpless and could do nothing. It seems as if there is nexus of duty-free staff, police and the rescue or tourist volunteers who work in unison to trap innocent travellers. The majority of the cases seem to be South Asians, followed by Chinese.
The problem starts when duty-free staff immediately hand the accused person over to the police, and some volunteers working inside the airport also play a role in trapping travellers by speaking English and appearing to be helpful.
As far as we know, there are more than two or three such incidents every day, and each of these goes unnoticed. Most of the victims are from Asian countries, so the police just do not care.
This racket must be busted. The mafia of duty-free staff, police and so-called tourist volunteers needs to be handled immediately.
If anyone can write Chinese post it on Chinese forum pages and spread the word…