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Chiang Mai eatery fined for alcohol promotion




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A Chiang Mai restaurant is warning other eateries to be very careful about promoting alcohol after being raided and fined. Police went to Ai ToMoE restaurant in Chiang Mai after a tip that it was promoting beer in its 499 baht buffet menu, according to the restaurant’s Facebook post yesterday.

Offices arrested the chef, named “Boy”, and fined him 50,000 baht for beer promotion.

“All restaurant friends, please be careful of all advertisements. Images of drinks or even photos of alcohol on the menu are illegal. See me as a sample case.”

The restaurant says it’s trying to pay the police fine so it can continue operating.

Stricter enforcement of the law has led to numerous fines recently the arrest of several people recently, including famous Thai actors who were charged with violating Section 32 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

The law prohibits the promotion of alcoholic drinks or stimulating the purchase of drinks via discounts.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    here is how it works: invent a petty little offence for a harmless act, such as promoting alcohol, or, say wearing a baseball hat back to front.
    Then fine anyone who breaks this law with a ridiculous high fine, out of proportion to the harm in breaking this law.
    The police make a fortune.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    You could say the same for the UK.
    They now want to fine you £100 for buying a tin of peas in the supermarket, if you fail to wear a face mask that the WHO says doesn’t really work. Local councils in the UK seem to be practically like extortion rackets when it comes to business rates. There’s an epidemic of fining people for inocuous things worldwide.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Well is B50000 – £1250 – for advertising beer, is not the same as a £100 pound for buying a tin of peas.
    I could not say the same, as you state.
    Business rate have nothing to do with it.
    Fining people worldwide things, for inocuous as you state – innocuous correct spelling – is also nothing to do with it.

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    Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Sounds to me like a competing restaurant made the tip-off.

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