Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jet Ski Scam


READ THIS WITH NO REGRETS!!!
This is a post for people who are planning to go Pattaya, Thailand for holiday.
I was on holiday in Pattaya with my husband and a bunch of friends. Something really bad happened on us after our jet ski ride.
We went to the Pattaya beach after a rain and was planning to go for some water sports. And there we met two Thai Mafia who offered us to go for jet ski ride. They offered us at 1500Thai Baht at first that we think it's really too much for one ride and they counter offer again and finally both agreed at 300Thai Baht for each jet ski(we rented two jet ski, one for me and my husband and the other one for our friend). Here starts the jet ski scam. We happily sat on the jet ski and the Thai Mafia took some pictures of us on the Jet ski.
It was our first time on a jet ski except our friend, so he ride quite steadily on it where me and my husband fell down quite a few times during the ride. 
After 30mins of ride, we then return the jet ski to the Thai Mafia, and there they started to ask for compensation for crashing the jet ski!!
(P/s: 1st, they shouldn't offer us the ride when they noticed the wave is bad at that moment. 2nd, they did not ask us to do a checking of the jet ski before the ride. 3rd, when they asked us to signed on the receipt before the ride, they actually covered the damn rules and regulation!!)
The photo taken before our ride
is actually to prove that we've broke the jet ski. The THAI MAFIA asked for HALF MILLION of Thai Baht for the compensation of the jet ski crashed and that's really a BOOM!!! (That's the price of a new jet ski) First to clarify, we didn't bang or crashed the jet ski at all that we do not know how the hell that the jet ski can be broken!! Plus the jet ski wasn't even broken but just a few minor cracks.They were so rude and acted like gangster who were ready to break a fight anytime.
We were so helpless that even the Thai Cops weren't helping us but to ask us to settle it ourselves (I read an article saying that the Thai cops actually gets 20% of commission from the money that were compensate from tourists, wtf). After that, they insist to at least compensate 50000Baht per jet ski that we were really so helpless.
Then I started to search for 'Foreign Tourist Police Assistants(FTPA)' and I MANAGE TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO CAN REALLY HELP US like finally!!!
The FTPA patrol car took about 15mins to arrive and we finally saw hope. Then the foreign tourist police called us up to the patrol car to record a brief statement of the incident. During the arrival of the FTPA, those Thai MAFIA then turned from gangster to little mice who talked so softly!!
The foreign tourist cops are really helpful. We end up paying 5000Baht for each jet ski as we know they will surely not let us go if we are not paying that amount. But thank god it's 5000baht but not more than that. I can only say that we paid this amount to learn a lesson here. And we were really lucky to have the FTPA here to help us otherwise we might end up like other tourist we read on the scam article. Do not ever ride on the jet ski in Thailand even if it's free of charge, else you will definitely end up like us.
If you would like to have more references on such similar cases please do go to YouTube and search for "Thailand jet ski scam". There are loads of them for you to check out.
Share it to your family and friends who are going to Thailand for holiday.

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