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JJ in new Phuket jet-ski dispute

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PATONG, PHUKET: New footage has emerged showing Phuket’s infamous jet-ski man, Winai ‘JJ’ Naiman, in another dispute with marines – this time from the US Navy.

The video, released by British TV producer Gavin Hill, shows police officers standing by as Thai jet-ski operators demand cash for damage to a vehicle.

The footage ends with one US serviceman handing over 40,000 baht to the jet-ski boys.

The first episode in Hill’s ‘Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand’ series, broadcast on British TV last week, showed Mr Winai threatening a group of British Royal Navy marines with an air rifle in a similar dispute.

For our previous report click here.

In the latest incident, apparently filmed a few days after the British marines’ run-in with Mr Winai, the US servicemen do not deny causing the damage and appear highly apologetic throughout.

One marine, apparently responsible for ‘damage’ to a jet-ski, gives a bowing wai to Mr Winai, saying “Sir, sorry. I’ll pay you back, I promise.”

— Dan Waites

 

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