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Foreigners charged with DUI teach English to Koh Samui probation staff




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Foreigners on Koh Samui who have been caught driving while intoxicated are now teaching English to probation officers as part of their community service.

Those with a drink driving charge are ordered by the court to complete 24 hours of community service. The foreigners have been teaching probation staff basic greetings and conversational English as well as grammar and legal terms.

A 70 year old German expat with a DUI charge says he was excited to teach English for his community service hours. The staff at the probation office also say the foreigners have been enthusiastic about teaching.

Teaching English to staff at the island’s Department of Probation is a useful community service plan and also fun, probation chief Witthawan Sunthornkhajit says.

“สนง.คุมประพฤติ เกาะสมุย” ดึงเมาแล้วขับต่างชาติ ช่วยงานสังคม-สอนภาษา เสริมทักษะเจ้าหน้าที่

Posted by กรมคุมประพฤติ Department of Probation on Friday, April 2, 2021

SOURCE: Thai Visa


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    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    A Great step to establish who you know relationships.

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    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    I have to say, that 24 hours of community service is too short. Make it seven days!! I have never had more than what my own country considered safe to drink and drive (2 standard alcoholic drinks) while driving in Thailand. Riding a motor scooter or car after several drinks is stupid! Foreigners doing so, know they are not abiding by what would be acceptable in their own countries. It is even more unacceptable to do so as a guest in another country, like Thailand. So, please extend the community service for foreigners who flaunt the law. That they are teaching english to staff is a good way to give back to the community there. I just hope they are teaching it properly.

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    toby andrews

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    What teach them the bar drinkers protest: “Top that draft beer up Tilack!”

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    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    In America you will go to jail for sure, your drivers license will be taken for a year and your insurance costs will go way up. They won’t ask you to teach German to American probation officers. 555. There are probably better qualified native English speakers who are not inconsiderate drunks that would volunteer to teach the staff as well.

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    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Love the punishment! I was an ESL teacher for years. This makes me consider moving from Chiang Mai to Phuket and engaging in some DUI, as it would give a great opportunity to return the immense favor I’ve received by being allowed to live here for the past 3+ years.

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:36 am


    You are lucky you have not been stopped and tested as last year I followed my rule of 2 drinks (UK) unfortunately as I had an international driving licence with my British licence in Thailand I was over the limit as the rule is about one small beer for such licence holders which I did not know.

    So I had to pay 20,000 into the policeman’s back pocket and I was allowed on my way.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:27 am

    A 70-year old German who drinks, shall teach English???? Yeah well, good luck with that.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    This is so, so wrong and misguided it makes me want to spit blood.
    Some obvious comments and questions spring to mind:
    Firstly, community service is meant as a punishment and a reminder of, in this case, dangerous behavior. The DUI miscreants deserve to be joining cleaning staff at hospitals, or the like, for 6 months.
    Secondly, the length of community service is far, far too short and is unlikely to act as a deterrent.
    Thirdly, are these DUI people qualified to teach English? I doubt it.
    Finally, their passports should be stamped accordingly. Repeat offenders should be deported, and never allowed to return and put innocent people’s lives at risk.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Typical mindset of the authorities to show such leniency to violaters of DUI.It a signal to others to think that drink driving is OK,making it impossible to eliminate fatal road accidents that happen all the time.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Teaching English is not a simple task,if he is unqualified.He can only contribute in Conversational English,if he is fluent in the language.Perhaps,the authorities are not concerned about the standard of English that he can present.Otherwise,these probation officers have to re-learn what he is able to teach all over again.

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    Steve Gee

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Hope these people have work permits…

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    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Get people to do a job they are mostly unqualified to do?

    Why not get them to stand in for a Doctor or fix the police cars?

    It would be better to educate THEM … not to drink and drive.

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