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World American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadvisor review

13:16  26 september  2020
13:16  26 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Lawsuits from businesses suing consumers over negative online reviews have been popping up across the country, with defendants In 2018, a tourist attraction in Branson, Missouri called Bigfoot on the Strip sued a Kansas man and his daughter over a relatively tepid review posted on TripAdvisor

I'm going to Bangkok & Pattaya Thailand in July of this year. I'm anxious & super excited to visit Thailand & this be my first time going there. However i been hearing reports of Thai people looking down on dark skin

An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative Tripadvisor review, authorities said Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

a sandy beach next to a palm tree: Thailand's tourism sector has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but some domestic tourism is still happening because of relatively low infections within its borders © Jack TAYLOR Thailand's tourism sector has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but some domestic tourism is still happening because of relatively low infections within its borders

Domestic tourism is still happening in Thailand, where coronavirus numbers are relatively low, with locals and expats heading to near-empty resorts -- including Koh Chang island, famed for its sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

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Answer 1 of 33: My friend and I are anxious to visit Asia and have selected both Thailand and Singapore for July 2008. We have travelled extensively to other parts of the world and have not had to deal with racism and or discrimination that we are aware of

Answer 1 of 15: I have been to Thailand twice and both times I have been very unwell. I can assure you that it wasn't just the change in food (we often eat very spicy food at home). my wife and i have spent a total of over 1 year in thailand and neither of us has ever been remotely sick ..we keep hydrated

But a recent visit to the Sea View Resort on the island landed Wesley Barnes in trouble after he wrote unflattering online reviews about his holiday.

"The Sea View Resort owner filed a complaint that the defendant had posted unfair reviews on his hotel on the Tripadvisor website," Colonel Thanapon Taemsara of Koh Chang police told AFP.

He said Barnes was accused of causing "damage to the reputation of the hotel", and of quarrelling with staff over not paying a corkage fee for alcohol brought to the hotel.

Barnes, who works in Thailand, was arrested by immigration police and returned to Koh Chang where he was briefly detained and then freed on bail.

According to the Tripadvisor review Barnes posted in July, he encountered "unfriendly staff" who "act like they don't want anyone here".

Barnes and the Sea View Resort did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Thailand's notorious anti-defamation laws have long drawn scrutiny from human rights and press freedom groups, who say powerful players use it as a weapon to stifle free expression.

The maximum sentence is two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht ($6,300) fine.

Earlier this year, a Thai journalist was sentenced to two years in prison for posting a tweet referencing a dispute over working conditions at a chicken farm owned by the Thammakaset company.

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