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63-year-old American arrested in Phang Nga for 745 days of overstay, hadn’t left his house in two years


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1 minute ago, jvs said:

Clearly in this case not a danger to society but he still broke the law.

He will be deported back to the US.

It says deported and blacklisted - so never to see his wife again will be the effect - as appears he will not have financials to take wife with him.

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covid extension was available then, and they were quite lenient, I'm sure they could have worked something out if he turns up any time in 2020 asking for covid extension saying that he can't fly home then

even with a few weeks overstay because he didn't jump at the first chance to fix his situation or didn't know better 

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9 minutes ago, digbeth said:

covid extension was available then, and they were quite lenient, I'm sure they could have worked something out if he turns up any time in 2020 asking for covid extension saying that he can't fly home then

even with a few weeks overstay because he didn't jump at the first chance to fix his situation or didn't know better 

And he would know that how?  The headlines at the start of 2020:

 

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An Immigration police patrol or new smart car announced the arrest of a 63-year-old Australian man on Valentine’s Day by dubbing him the ‘hiding kangaroo’ as the police put to use their new BMW smart cars.

 

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14 minutes ago, Hugh Jarse said:

Such a silly post in response to a serious case.

If it was so serious then why would anyone impose a 2 year horse arrest sentence on themselves.  It it was indeed serious then one would have freed themselves earlier and dealt with the overstay situation to avoid a long period of being banned.  Being deported is inevitable but banishment could have been minimized if one wants to return to the Land of Smiles anytime in the near future.  

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2 hours ago, lopburi3 said:

as appears he will not have financials to take wife with him.

He and his wife have 30 Rai of land so there are plenty of financials as land is worth upwards of 200k Baht/Rai. His wife could sell the land and join him later.

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2 hours ago, bendejo said:

Who tipped them off? 

 

 

Possibly, he may have been registered at that address at some point, so in checking for over-stayers, the last known address of him or even his Thai wife if the property is registered to her in any way would be the obvious starting point. 

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5 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

There was no indication in news story that they owned the land - only that they used it.

Ah yes. You're right, but on the other hand it doesn't indicate they don't own it either.

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There have been similar cases of retirees running out of cash/other problems and keeping their heads down. You wouldn't expect to see news photographs of them being put on flights handcuffed. However, if they hadn't the cash for their homeward flight wouldn't they still be in the Immigration Detention Centre? Or, just maybe, they could have been shown some sympathy and allowed to 'do a deal' of some sort?

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