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Para-sailing ‘beat up’ in UK press

Tim Newton

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A story from metro.co.uk shows a ‘terrified toddler’ being ‘forced’ to take a parasailing flight on Patong Beach.

The headlines blasts ‘Father forces terrified toddler to go paragliding with him in Thailand’.

In the ‘Beat Up of The Day’, the Metro article has somehow turned a bad parenting story into a Patong Beach and Parasail Operator-bashing session.

Para-sailing 'beat up' in UK press | News by Thaiger

Pic by Caters News

It might certainly be argued that taking a two-year-old up in a Parasail ride is inappropriate and dangerous (especially in Phuket). The article claims that the child was ‘no more than two years old’ but it wasn’t confirmed. I imagine there should be an age/height limit, minimum, for people going on these rides.

A witness, David Carlyle, says ‘They all had absolutely no concern about what they just did to that poor little girl.

‘The parasailing companies around Phuket are very aggressive in signing up customers and as you can see do not care in the least who signs up as long as they are paying!’

Para-sailing 'beat up' in UK press | News by Thaiger

Pic by Caters News

Read the story yourself and make up your own mind.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2017/08/16/father-forces-terrified-toddler-to-go-paragliding-with-him-in-thailand-6856554/#ixzz4pywQCaO3

 

 

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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