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    Complete fck up of alcohol sales decision?

    According to Phuket Gazette (Police Commander) and going off last year, bars are allowed to open and sell alcohol.

    Yet bars on Bangla are closed?

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    Has happened at quite a few places. Told they had to shut and gave the staff the night off, then last minute reprieve but a lot of businesses without staff so didn't open.

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    That's why it's a good idea to stock up for alcohol related emergencies in Thailand... you just never know when or where a law will be enforced or if a new law will be made and enforced.

    Thailand rule #38... dont count on anything. At all. Ever. Seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soupdragon View Post
    Has happened at quite a few places. Told they had to shut and gave the staff the night off, then last minute reprieve but a lot of businesses without staff so didn't open.
    Not sure I'd believe that - any bar could still open with limited staff and make an absolute killing being one of the few bars open.

    Something doesn't make sense....

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    Patpong Bangkok fully open but not was told cowboy open but not nana, only first hand that patpong open. 00:40 just to say some "relax" of enforcement?

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    The above is correct, bars were told to shut, Monday Phuket Gazette printed the article that the Police Chief said bars could open if they wanted. The local Police came to the bars in Kamala on Monday afternoon/evening and told them they should shut. Tuesday morning they were back telling bars they could actually now open if they wanted.

    The big bars had already allowed their girls to have the day off, so didn't reverse their decision. The smaller bars kept closed out of respect for the Queen's birthday. Kamala only one or two bars opened and were packed. We didn't open because we had told our girls no, yes, no, they had made plans for their day off, so we thought enough confusion, have the day off and celebrate Mother's day.
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    When I lived in Patong it was usually alcohol sales in the stores but a traditional Bar night off for the girls for Mothers Day/Queen's Birthday.
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    Update:
    Patong Police deny Mother?s Day shakedown on Soi Bangla

    PHUKET: Patong Police Superintendent Chiraphat Pochanaphan has denied reports that his officers yesterday ordered bar owners in Patong to shut down – or face a fine of 75,000 baht.


    “None of my officers ordered bars to close yesterday, and they did not threaten bar owners with a fine of up to 75,000 baht if they did not close,” Col Chiraphat insisted to the Phuket Gazette today.


    “The sale and purchase of alcohol was not banned by law yesterday, and the only officers on the streets were regular patrols.”


    Allegations filed directly with the Gazette that police ordered the shutdown followed Phuket Provincial Police Commander Peerayuth Karajedee clarifying on Monday that there was to be no ban on the sale of alcohol in Phuket, as island residents joined the nation in celebrating HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday and Mother’s Day yesterday (story here).


    Col Chiraphat also confirmed that his officers would have had no legal support to enforce a bar closure last night.


    By law, the sale and purchase of alcohol is prohibited only on election days and four Buddhist holidays (click here).


    The ban may be introduced on other days, according to the Alcohol Control Act BE 2551, but only by the order of the Alcohol Beverage Control Committee, chaired by the Public Health Minister.


    “Perhaps it was a 'misunderstanding'. We asked bar owners to close in respect of Her Majesty’s Birthday, and we heard that many did, so that venue owners and their staff could spend time with their families,” he said.


    The Gazette was sent a photo of the formal request that was presented to bar owners “asking” the venue operators to close from 6am yesterday to 6am today.


    Although the request was printed on official government letterhead and signed by Col Chiraphat, he still insisted that it was not an order to close.

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    First it's an order.. Then it's not an order merely a request.. Despite reports of bars being fined for disobeying the order..

    Then you get one top cop saying they have been told to firmly close all businesses at 2am.. With comments like "we don't make the law we just have to enforce the law at it's written" yet the law is 12 closure for bars not in a designated nightlife zone and 1am for those in those zones.. So how is that enforcing the law ??

    Then you get another 2 cops both saying there is no change to the current closure policy.. I guess they don't see any need to enforce the law as it's written..

    All this.. In multiple conflicting news story's.. In 24 hours..

    Amazing Thailand !!

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