Jet ski vendor arrested for 25,000 baht extortion, returns money

Friday, 16 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By  Boonlua Chatree

Pattaya police arrested a jet ski vendor who allegedly extorted 25,000 baht from an Indian tourist who allegedly scraped the side of the boat.

Pornsuphan Phoomnok, 25, was taken into custody after tourist Jaspret Singh, 34, complained to police he’d been forced by pay for alleged damage to the jet ski Nov. 3. Pornsuphan returned the money with police saying he confessed to never expecting the Indian to go to authorities.

Singh and friend Chuadet Dawan, 24, said they rented the jet ski in front of the Mike Shopping Mall and were told they’d scraped the side the boat. After having their money returned, the two tourists declined to press charges and the vendor was released.

Tourists Jaspret Singh and Chuadet Dawan stated in writing that they were pleased to get their money back. Tourists Jaspret Singh and Chuadet Dawan stated in writing that they were pleased to get their money back.

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5 comments

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 21 November 2012 22:12 posted by Steve

    "he confessed to never expecting the Indian to go to authorities." How about he confesses to extorting money from tourists?! Amazing Thailand!
    I remember the Youtube videos of this going on..... the tourists always had help negotiating the price from the friendly BIB......without ever even talking to the jet-ski vendors....hmmmmmmm

  • Comment Link Monday, 19 November 2012 05:22 posted by Gary

    Dont blame the Police! without negotiation the money would not have been returnd so quickly! Remember the tourist has to go home after their holiday!
    These people with the boats need to be monitored much closer! It is a common issue!
    The Tourists did good! they reported the loss to the Police and they got their money back!

    Lets learn from it!

  • Comment Link Saturday, 17 November 2012 12:25 posted by Eugene

    After having their money returned, the two tourists declined to press charges and the vendor was released. Only to do again, again and again. Why don't the police arrest and jail this scumbag?

  • Comment Link Saturday, 17 November 2012 08:33 posted by John

    Very weak action by the police and more so by the tourists. Charges should have been pressed and the jet-ski operator locked up.

    Thank you Jaspret Singh and Chuadet Dawan for ensuring that this will happen again.

  • Comment Link Friday, 16 November 2012 18:14 posted by David Tong

    Prosecute them every time its the only way this scam will end. The police know who they are so there is no excuse!

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