Thai hotel owner threatens to sue customer for millions

Are people really that outrageous, or is this a case of “all publicity is good publicity?”

Sri Pawna owner launches bizarre tirade

Sri Pawna is a luxury resort in Phuket, and a Facebook user who went by the name of “Graz Suphawit” claimed to have stayed at the hotel from February 13 to 15, 2022. The guest claims to have paid 40,000 THB (~1 $250) per night for the stay, and was unhappy with the condition of the room, stating that the room was made of old wood and smelled musty.

In response to this notice, the hotel owner (who is an heir to the family business) used his Instagram account to threaten to sue the traveler, and more. In a now-deleted Instagram post, the owner threatened to sue for millions, called the guest a gangster and compared himself to the internet’s global equivalent of “Putin’s American presence and force Chinese UUSR and American security forces working together” (I know, lol, what?).

Here is the full message:

Fake news again I’m gonna get you for a law and 112… I know who you are and why are you so instead of me dealing with you myself you were there with the law I’m gonna expose you and you excuse me in public anticipate as you are otherwise you have a gift and you pay millions. Just to remind you that the keyboard wants to be a gangster You’re playing with the wrong person because I’ve been on social media and facebook and hi5 I’ll do this since you were born or even before you were born if I had myself in this internet world I will be like Putin’s American presence and the Chinese UUSR and American security force working together. the team then good luck. Because those of you who threatened to kill me. We Treace u Where do you get your money from why do you live who we are most of them have fairgrounds but I don’t know where the fake account was created and where and hkwho pays. But as a country we also know and we take things slowly because we are a land of compromise compilations. After finding out who you are, I will give you a free room for compassion.

Thailand has wild laws…

There are a few things at play here. First, Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code is referenced, which is as follows:

“Anyone who defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, Crown Prince or Regent, shall be punished by imprisonment from three to fifteen years. »

The owner did some research on the guest and discovered that she had shared a meme related to the pro-reform movement.

The other big problem is that Thailand has some of the strictest defamation laws in the world, which are often taken to extremes. The problem is that posting a negative review in Thailand is sometimes interpreted as defamation, to the point that people are jailed for negative reviews.

For example, in September 2020, I wrote about an American living in Thailand who was jailed because of reviews he left online about a negative quarantine hotel experience.

Incidentally, in September 2020, Sri Pawna threatened to sue customers who left negative reviews, also arguing that it was defamation. It’s bad enough when something like this happens in a cheap quarantine hotel, but to see this in a luxury resort charging you kind of rates is beyond madness.

At the end of the line

A guest staying at a luxury hotel in Phuket has written a negative review online, prompting a shocking reaction from the owner. He threatened to sue her for millions and have her arrested for her political views. Absolutely wild… I can’t imagine why anyone would stay at this hotel if that’s how the owner acts.

(Tip of the hat to @pueblotragico)

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