Taiwanese actress warns tourists to be aware of Thailand’s ‘bastard police’

A famous Taiwanese actress warned foreign tourists coming to Thailand to be aware of the kingdom’s “bastard police!”

The actress revealed on social media that the Royal Thai Police (RTP) extorted 27,000 baht from her and her friends on fake, trumped-up charges while they were travelling in Thailand at the beginning of this month.

The Thai Facebook page Hello Taiwan! I’m Coming! (หนีห่าวไต้หวัน ฉันมาแล้ว) translated the Instagram posts of The Perfect Girl actress 安于晴 (An Yu-Qing), also known as Charlene An, and posted it yesterday.

The 32 year old movie star shared her bad experiences on Instagram after returning home from Thailand. An said…

“It happened to me on Wednesday, January 4. My friends and I were travelling to our hotel by taxi at about 1am. The checkpoint police asked us to stop. They searched the car, our bags, and us.

“They couldn’t find anything illegal on us, so they kept asking to check our visas. I gave them my visa, the VOA (visa on arrival), which was issued legally at the airport. The officers refused to let me pass, saying my visa was unacceptable. They said I had to carry the printed visa with a stamp from the official department only. They tried every way to fake the charge against me.”

One of An’s friends recorded videos as evidence but the police caught her and ordered her to delete the footage.

The women were taken to a police station where they weren’t allowed to sit down. They then terrorized the women like criminals, screaming at them, scolding and scaring the group and demanding an apology for something that did not do.

In the end, An begged the police to let her go and tried to say sorry in Thai but it did not work. She said…

“I nearly bowed at their feet. I begged them and did everything that I could. Two hours later, the officers took me to a blind spot where there were no CCTV cameras and told me…

“Everyone has to pay 27,000 baht to be free.”

An paid so she could escape their nightmare. The police called a taxi and let them go after they handed over the cash.

The film star witnessed a group of five female Koreans being terrorized too, as she was leaving the police station. She said…

“Are Asian tourists the target of this bastard police?”

An said it was the worst experience of her life and said she would never visit Thailand again. She said…

“Bangkok sucks! Bye!”

The Facebook page also translated an interview with a Taiwanese local news agency. An said…

“I would like to warn every Taiwanese who plans to go to Thailand, don’t carry too much cash. The police will check your wallets and try to get your cash with a fake charge.”

Corruption and money extortion involving foreign tourists and the RTP is a hot topic in Thailand. The recent issue of the VIP packages and fast passes offered to Chinese tourists has not yet been resolved. The RTP are in a real crisis and the year is barely a month old.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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