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Mr Grittapohn Chattreesagoon Is A ‘Yank’

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I seen the rant by “Jack” on dual pricing doing the rounds on Saturday and within two minutes it was clear he wasn’t Thai as was initially claimed. He was an American living in Thailand and paying a higher price is how it rolls sometimes. Like it or lump it mate.

Despite the glaringly obvious, he went on to moan he was charged 200 baht and this was all wrong because he was Thai and charged farrang prices at a National Park and in typical Thai social media style a mountain was made out of a molehill.

To me it was just another bored foreigner rattling on about dual pricing but this time it came with the twist of he is “Thai” and the masses were buying into this bullshit by the lorry load, including lazy journos who couldn’t be arsed to take two minutes to look into the story but instead went with the flow and believed what was written in the original Facebook post.

So what makes him Thai? He can speak the language fluently? He can write and read it too according to many news outlets who are now suddenly back tracking on the drivel they churned out on Sunday & Monday with exception to the Bangkok Post who were the only newspaper to actually say he was American to their story.

Mr Grittapohn Chattreesagoon Is A Yank

Oh I almost forgot to mention he has a Thai drivers license too. Damn, this Yank is becoming more Thai than an Isaan rice-farmer by the minute.

So lets recap. First he was Thai. Then he came to Thailand as a kid, and now he was born in Thailand to American parents. That’s an amazing turnaround in 48 hours, don’t ya think?

I’m assuming Mr Grittapohn Chattreesagoon has an American passport but I’m curious what name is on that passport. Is it Grittapohn Chattreesagoon or Jack Keen? Either way, having a Thai name on a US passport still makes him a Yank.

As so many social media commenters pointed out, if he was Thai then show your ID card and story over but “Jack” couldn’t do that, could he because he doesn’t have one. They don’t hand out ID cards like candy to Americans just because they have live here most/all of their lives.

As for the dual pricing around Thailand, wake me up when that discussion is finished as my take on it is this: Thais get a discount and everyone else pays full price.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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  1. Tom

    October 7, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Hey moron, so someone isn’t part of the country they are born in?

    • Stickboy BKK

      October 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Why don’t you ask him or his parents where he was actually born seeing as the story changed three times in 48hrs and while you are at it, you can ask them why he has a US passport and not a Thai one. Come back when you have some answers.

  2. Torpo

    October 7, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    One reason this sort of policy is absurd is that it’s based on racial profiling. If you’re born to Thai parents in America you look Thai. So you would get in for 20 Baht even if you can’t speak a lick of Thai, have never been there and have no obligation to the Thai state. On the other hand, if you’re born in Thailand to some combination of parents that doesn’t “look Thai” you’ll pay 200 Baht unless you show some papers. Pure rubbish that would see several historical Thai leaders (who were ethnically Chinese) charged more unless they could come up with some card.

    It makes even less sense in the Land of Smiles since lot of people who live in Thailand aren’t actually Thai at all. Millions of Lao, Khmer, Karen, Malay, Chinese and others live in the Kingdom and are “Thai” on in so far as the historic lands of their people were conquered by Thai speaking warriors years ago.

    In any modern country with democracy there must be basic equality in the marketplace. You won’t find this kind of race or national based dual pricing nonsense in any civilized land. Oh wait, we’re talking about Thailand.

  3. Topper

    October 8, 2015 at 10:02 am

    That Dude has been born and been living in Thailand for years. And i am probably sure he isnt here with some tourist visa. Even a simple Jack would understand that he definitely doesnt deserve to pay the dual check

  4. Torpo

    October 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    The question isn’t (or shouldn’t be) whether or not this specific person deserves to pay the “Falang price”, It is whether a modern civilized country can have dual pricing in the first place!

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Tales From The Front: Sunday Dinner On A Saturday Night

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Stickboy, Fatface, and The Keeper are sat in a British pub on lower Sukhumvit on a Saturday night…

A gathering of the clan earlier in the evening for some birthday beers meant Stickboy’s belly needed filling before meeting back up with everyone who had gone in different directions ahead of the cake cutting ceremony at Lighthouse sometime around 10pm.

Somchai The Dog had popped in for a couple of shandies but was looking like a burst couch and was having none of it ordering takeout before disappearing into the dark Bang Na bound on the BTS.

The other half of the Dangerous Duo, Digiman, wasn’t ready for home just yet but had no interest in food.

The Keeper orders quesadillas while smooth-talking his missus, girlfriend or gik – maybe all three – and wasn’t paying attention to much as Fatface orders Chips & Curry sauce for Stickboy.

sunday roast on a saturday night

The food arrives, everyone digs in, more beer is ordered to wash down the grub as all four eat what’s sat on the table.

The Keeper is still on the phone like an old sweetie wife and starts making space on the table with his free hand when a waitress arrives over his shoulder with another plate of food.

He clears a space in front of Fatface and Stickboy who look at each other thinking that’s an odd place to put a roast dinner they both think The Keeper has ordered for himself.

He ends his call and tucks into the roast pork telling everyone to help themselves which they do.

Chips are in the gravy, potatoes are in the curry sauce and the plate is emptying at a fair pace as four mouths feast on the Sunday dinner.

More than halfway through the food a member of the service staff appears and starts talking to The Keeper with Fatface joining in.

Something is amiss.

“Hey Stickboy, did you order the pork roast?”, enquires The Keeper.

“No mate, I thought you did.”

In his best Shaggy voice, he fires back, “It wasn’t me”.

It turns out some poor bloke sat at the bar was sitting patiently waiting on his dinner the staff had wrongly delivered that the four scavengers had all but demolished each of them thinking someone else at the table fancied a Sunday dinner on a Saturday night.

sunday roast on a saturday night

The four grubbers thought this was hilarious and all just shrugged their shoulders laughing having told the service staff to take it away… until Stickboy’s bin arrived with a Roast Pork Loin at 295 baht on it.

He wasn’t laughing any more.

Had it not been for the fact his mates own the pub he’d likely have upset the waitresses with a few choice words having been billed for something he didn’t order with zero conversation between staff and customer over what was a genuine mistake on the part of everyone involved.

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Trump, #Thighland And Dinesh The Dick

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Thighland

I don’t care much for America, its president or politics but when my Twitter timeline is drowning in Trump making a tit of himself by pronouncing Thailand as Thighland then I’m interested.

I’ve no idea what Don was waffling on about when he mentioned Thighland and Vietnam or how chummy he was with their leaders and it’s not that important.

Nor is Trump making a clown of himself anything new from what I recall of him from years back when he faced opposition to his golf course in Scotland, the man is an idiot.

Here’s Scottish radio presenter Robin Galloway pranking him on a call.



Anyway, back to #Thighland…



Okay, he did correct himself straight away but come on, this is the head honcho of Arm-erica. You’d think he could manage to pronounce Thailand properly, yeah?

Well, apparently he did according to some dick called Dinesh who made a complete fool of himself to his 1.2 million Twitter followers and everyone else who pointed out to him that he was wrong.

dinesh 1

Really?

dinesh 2

“Tai-land” is the crude lingo of people who have never been to “Thighland”… including generations of Thais?

Notice how he retweets himself – does he think the more he repeats himself and the more people read it that makes him correct?

Remember, this cockwomble has 1.2 million followers.

dinesh 3

Err, nope.

dinesh 4

dinesh 5

Oh, is Dinesh the dick doing a spot of back peddling here?

dinesh 6

Of course he isn’t

A guy like this could never admit he got it wrong. Even if he was arguing black was white.

Thousands of Thai people replied to his Tweets correcting him and he chose to ignore each and every one of them instead he decided to belittle others who pointed out his mistake.

Finally, here’s the man himself from 2002.


Dinish is now a fully-fledged member of the #TwitterTossers club.

Hat Tip to femalefaust who was behind unearthing Dinesh The Dick pronouncing “Thailand” as “Thailand” and not “#Thighland”.

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Easy Does It This Weekend

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Puffed Out

This weekend is a 4-day holiday in Thailand and normally I’d work through it and take some time off afterwards but with things so quiet on all fronts I decided to join the masses and take a couple of days off.

Updates will resume once I have slept myself silly and recharged my batteries.

I don’t plan on doing much of anything or going anywhere so I will still add a few updates on social media to pass the time as they don’t require much brainpower or thinking.

Whatever you are doing, be it the beach or boozing, maybe both, enjoy yourself and have fun.

See you on the other side.

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