Fools and jackasses


Dear Hillary,

I never realized I was smart until I came to Thailand two years ago.  I have always used my common senses in Thailand and I never had any problems.  But Thailand receives the world’s biggest jackasses and fools and every week I see or hear about some farangs who gets into some problems with bar girls and cry about everything and everybody here.  I’m tired of these fools and jackasses bad mouthing Thais and Thailand.  If they don’t like it GO HOME and stay there.

Happy Camper

Dear Happy Camper,

You don’t sound all that happy to me, Petal, your letter is full of grumps and grouches.  I agree that there are many foreigners who don’t seem to use much common sense (why is it called ‘common’ when there’s so little of it around.)  I also agree that there is nothing to be gained by foreigners when they start bad mouthing Thais and Thailand, and you do have to wonder why they left their own countries in the first place.  There can be many reasons I believe, and not all of them are lawful!  Of course it is not too difficult to see why some of these people become cannon fodder for the sharp-shooters in the bars.  It must be difficult to survive the “Buy me cola, darling” when all they are used to in their home countries are women who want to put them down all the time.  “What are you looking at,” being a standard western woman’s response to a bright appreciative smile.  Perhaps you should be producing a lapel button which says “Don’t complain to me – I like it here!”

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