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Foreigner draws praise for cleaning up the beach - but Thais turn on each other for messing it up in the first place

 

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A smiling foreigner drew praise from thousands of Thais online as he willingly cleaned up a section of sandy beach.

But amid the praise was the realization of how the beach got in such a messy state to start with.

Oil Chiramet lamented: "He clearly loves our country - so what about us? All we seem to care about is eating and tossing the trash".

While Apichai Kasempornmanee noted: "Thai people come from far and wide to search out a place to eat - then they can't walk a few paces to find a bin".

"Wake cqb" said praising the foreigner really missed the point: "It is us that should feel ashamed because we can't keep the place clean".

The footage was posted to Facebook though it was unclear where it happened.

 

 

Source: Facebook

 

 

 
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After years of watching Thais TRASH their country I still am shocked. I just don't understand it.  Granted there are few ways of getting rid of trash here in Isaan - maybe it's just where we live. Trash is not collected but usually burned. That is if it's not just thrown on the ground to blow where the wind takes it.  The trashing of Thailand definitely tarnishes the beautiful countryside. Can this habit be explained? I'm at a loss about it. 

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29 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

Oil Chiramet lamented: "He clearly loves our country - so what about us? All we seem to care about is eating and tossing the trash".

Clearly he is disgusted with the dirty beach after he paid so much money to come and visit. His impression of the country might not be as loving as you imagine

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30 minutes ago, selftaopath said:

After years of watching Thais TRASH their country I still am shocked. I just don't understand it.  Granted there are few ways of getting rid of trash here in Isaan - maybe it's just where we live. Trash is not collected but usually burned. That is if it's not just thrown on the ground to blow where the wind takes it.  The trashing of Thailand definitely tarnishes the beautiful countryside. Can this habit be explained? I'm at a loss about it. 

sure it can... Thais are irresponsible by nature look at unwanted pregnancies, driving habits, lack of care for animals etc. etc.  Until Thais inculcate a sense of self-responsibility nothing will change.

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How about the municipality investing in a machine to go over the beach to remove all the rubbish, broken glass and toilet paper every morning? The small ones cost less than a rice harvester I hate most mainland beaches in Thailand, even if they haven't been concreted over.

Thais don't see the point of beaches.

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New TAT Tourist advertising campaign then Come here and help our Eco beach cleaning program, ps bring your own body bag as we are running short right now with expats and tourists killing themselves, but you're have a great time in the hub of corruption while you are alive

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A good sugestion but I believe it might be better to spend the money on a simple but effective campaign educating people about keeping their country clean, the impact all the rubbish has on tbe environment, our health and the country's image/tourism. 

Spending a few Baht more, they could buy and install bins along the streets, beaches, etc. which should be emptied on a regular basis (e.g. every few hours/3 times a day, etc.). This in turn would create employment. 

 

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1 minute ago, djayz said:

A good sugestion but I believe it might be better to spend the money on a simple but effective campaign educating people about keeping their country clean, the impact all the rubbish has on tbe environment, our health and the country's image/tourism. 

Spending a few Baht more, they could buy and install bins along the streets, beaches, etc. which should be emptied on a regular basis (e.g. every few hours/3 times a day, etc.). This in turn would create employment. 

 

Yes, it's hard to blame the people when there are no bins to place your garbage in anywhere near the beach. 
Now, they've finally put some at Nai Harn (I hear a few hotels got together and paid for them), and the beach is noticeably cleaner.

Now it's more the dogs attacking the overflowing bins and dragging the garbage back to the beach.  

 

I once saw a school group walking down the road, picking up garbage.  
I thought this was a great idea because some of them, probably didn't know it was wrong to throw your garbage out of the window as their parents often do it.

 

Education!   And bins so you have a choice! 

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7 minutes ago, fiddlehead said:

Yes, it's hard to blame the people when there are no bins to place your garbage in anywhere near the beach. 
 

You can apologize for this all you want but I will not!  Are you saying that if bins are not within steps of where they should be ( or not there at all ) that it is just OK to leave the trash?  No is is not.

 

 If bins are not there then they should clean up their mess and take it to where it can be disposed of.

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He wants a clean beach, as anyone who has a love of nature would. There is no evidence that he loves Thailand as the article suggests.  It's absurd that a country, company, organisation , group of people, or an individual can  say they actually 'own' a piece of land, wether it be beach, mountain , river, forest or field. It's on very temporary loan from the planet and needs to be treated with the greatest respect.

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1 hour ago, beachproperty said:

The footage was posted to Facebook though it was unclear where it happened.

Obviously Pattaya Beach.

 

1 hour ago, beachproperty said:

What I find funny is the small bucket he is using to collect the garbage!

What I find funny (but actually not so funny at all) is that the bucket he is using is an orange "alms / monk bucket". Above all other plastic waste, how does this end up on the beach / in the ocean?

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35 minutes ago, bluebluewater said:

You can apologize for this all you want but I will not!  Are you saying that if bins are not within steps of where they should be ( or not there at all ) that it is just OK to leave the trash?  No is is not.

 

 If bins are not there then they should clean up their mess and take it to where it can be disposed of.

The bins wont help at all

Just the other day next door to me a teenager got into the drivers seat of a car parked on the curb & knew he was in my sight but threw a bit of plastic out on the street even knowing a bin from the house was right next to him

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We went to Chumpon recently and the beaches are out of a picture book so beautiful but garbage everywhere. 

 

With a government more worried about submarines and high speed trains and less with garbage disposal and environmental issues, the pollution levels will rise. The general apathy of most Thais also doesnt contribute.

 

Same for air quality in Northern Thailand, unhealthy for months already.

How about the rivers?

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Given the state of beaches everywhere here, it is a small bucket he is using. I recall a recent story when a group cleaned a single beach and came up with I seem to recall 22 tons of rubbish! If the local municipalities put a lot more dustbins, especially different ones for recycling as well as just garbage, it would help the problem. The biggest issue though is public awareness. Too many people here just don't appreciate the damage trash does to the environment, not to mention the unsightly nature of rubbish everywhere.

Good on the fella for doing what he did.

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The 70 plus year old Thai lady that lives next door to me gets up every morning and sweeps both sides the road in front of her house and my house. Spotless very day.

 

I have had Thai ladies stop by the house and they have a automatic compulsion to start cleaning the house from top to bottom.

 

But somewhere along the line, Thais disconnect with their responsibly to keep public areas clean.

 

It will take a generation of conditioning to bring about change.

 

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An Idea.......Every person who goes before a court must get a minimum of 5 hours cleaning up rubbish in their town or village. They can do it in groups with minimal supervision from one of the lazy cops. How about very low risk prisoners getting a day out to clean up too ? They do that in many countries with good results.

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4 hours ago, djayz said:

A good sugestion but I believe it might be better to spend the money on a simple but effective campaign educating people about keeping their country clean, the impact all the rubbish has on tbe environment, our health and the country's image/tourism. 

Spending a few Baht more, they could buy and install bins along the streets, beaches, etc. which should be emptied on a regular basis (e.g. every few hours/3 times a day, etc.). This in turn would create employment. 

 

Even with the bins, getting them to put it in is impossible. 

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28 minutes ago, rosst said:

Even with the bins, getting them to put it in is impossible. 

Nothing is impossible. If animals can be trained to do tricks, then people can also be trained to throw their rubbish in a bin. 

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4 hours ago, bino said:

Obviously Pattaya Beach.

 

What I find funny (but actually not so funny at all) is that the bucket he is using is an orange "alms / monk bucket". Above all other plastic waste, how does this end up on the beach / in the ocean?

Pattaya beach chair operators use them as waste buckets for their customers.

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6 hours ago, cooked said:

How about the municipality investing in a machine to go over the beach to remove all the rubbish, broken glass and toilet paper every morning? The small ones cost less than a rice harvester I hate most mainland beaches in Thailand, even if they haven't been concreted over.

Thais don't see the point of beaches.

They had one many years ago and it's lying rusting somewhere. If I remember right the excuse was they didn't have a driver who knew how to operate it.:saai:

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