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Thailand Grapples with Growing Number of Foreign Beggars


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30% foreign beggars. Talk about losers! Just going to a foreign country with the knowledge they can´t stay. Overstay your permission and end up as a street beggar.  What a great future! 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

In a related incident, Thai police recently arrested a British man allegedly begging for drug money outside a convenience store in Koh Pha Ngan,

Local residents had alerted authorities upon seeing the man outside a 7-Eleven and engaging in drug use nearby.

Brits begging for drug money. 

That is going to trigger young Richard.

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5 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Foreigners, not white folk. These are nearly all from Cambodia and Burma with a few Vietnamese/Laos thrown in for luck

Yes, we would never stoop that low.

 

2 hours ago, webfact said:

British man allegedly begging for drug money 

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7 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Foreigners, not white folk. These are nearly all from Cambodia and Burma with a few Vietnamese/Laos thrown in for luck

I am not sure where you got your facts from. However, we all know the majority are people from Asian nearby countries. But, interestingly it stands about a Brit beggar in the article, and we all know there are Germans, US, UK, French probably Swedes as well and much more nationalities in the soup.

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5 times a month? 
 

All metro areas have own police force, the tessakit, they must walk past the Cambodian beggars on Suk 5 times a day and do nothing. 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

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Thailand’s bustling streets are teeming with beggars, and the latest statistics reveal a startling trend: nearly 30% of them are foreigners.

 

Social Development and Human Security Minister Varawut Silpa-archa made the revelation today, 11th June, in response to a surge of social media complaints about the influx, particularly outside Bangkok's major shopping centres.

 

Varawut disclosed that approximately 8,000 beggars have been arrested over the past decade, from 2014 to 2024. Many beggars employ emotional tactics like begging with young children or pets, aiming to garner more sympathy and money.

 

"Beggars caught with unrelated children will face criminal charges," Varawut sternly noted.

 

To tackle the issue, the ministry collaborates with the police and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), conducting street checks at least five times monthly.

 

Foreign beggars face deportation, whereas Thai beggars are sent to reception homes for career retraining. Repeat offenders, regardless of nationality, can expect legal charges.

 

Varawut highlighted the difficulty of entirely eliminating begging due to the low fines levied compared to the substantial earnings beggars can make.

 

"Some beggars can earn up to 100,000 baht per month in tourist hotspots during peak season," he remarked.

 

He implored the public to cease giving money to beggars as a long-term solution and assured that ministry officials are available around the clock to handle complaints.

 

“It’s difficult to remove all beggars because the fines are minimal compared to their earnings,” Varawut reiterated, stressing the importance of public cooperation.

 

In a related incident, Thai police recently arrested a British man allegedly begging for drug money outside a convenience store in Koh Pha Ngan, an island in the southern province of Surat Thani.

 

Local residents had alerted authorities upon seeing the man outside a 7-Eleven and engaging in drug use nearby. Officers from Koh Pha Ngan Police Station and the Tourist Police apprehended the foreigner on 17th April.

 

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They should make them file for tax 100K a month. That figure doesn't even surprise me.

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5 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

So far not to impressed with Buddhism so just give the beggars a good kicking for being poor 🤔

You can be poor, just don't bother people and loiter in popular public locations. 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Foreign beggars face deportation, whereas Thai beggars are sent to reception homes for career retraining. Repeat offenders, regardless of nationality, can expect legal charges.

 

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"Some beggars can earn up to 100,000 baht per month in tourist hotspots during peak season," he remarked.

I agree wholeheartedly with #1 above. :thumbsup:

 

I'm utterly amazed at #2! :shock1:

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6 hours ago, novacova said:

In the US foreign beggars are given credit cards and hotel suites. US citizen beggars are sent to the streets.

 

Spot on !

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5 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

So far not to impressed with Buddhism so just give the beggars a good kicking for being poor 🤔

Not all start of poor. Don't squander your money on drugs, booze, girls, overstay your visa. 

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