This is Thailand, I can do whatever I want
So I currently live in a 3 story shophouse behind Chiang Mai University across the road from a busy coffee shop (with no parking) and a very large apartment complex that has conciderably more bikes and cars than it does have space to park. Inevitably they park in front of my shop. Now I don't drive a car but I do have a motorbike and there are 3 car spots and space for 30 bikes which anyone can park in.
Parking has long been a problem for the Soi that I live in and just driving along the road at the wrong time can get very congested. The council recently put up a lot of signs to say not park on the other side of the road but fat lot of good that does (see photo below), the council only occasionally comes around to lock cars but I've noticed it's only on a trash pickup night do they do that.
When I went to Pattaya and came back the entire area out the front which must be 150sqm was completely full I couldn't even get to the front door.
I was pissed!
So I started a campaign where I would sit out the front and keep people from parking in front of the door being nice to everyone explaining the situation. This approached worked and the space cleared up but as soon as I stopped sitting out the front the bikes would come back!
So I thought of a new approach I stuck a sign out the front that read
"Please don't park in the front of the shop"
I must have been stupid drunk to think that would work. Of course it didn't. It actually got worse!
So I tried a new approach.
I wrote another few signs that read things like.
"No Trespassing" and "Park here and I'll lock your wheel"
Amazingly this worked!
Since that time I've locked maybe 3 scooters and a bicycle. NO TRESPASSING
So I bought a new bike off my friend the other day it's a 250 so it's bigger than a scooter and I want to park it on the inside. So I put some cones out so people would realise not to park here and I could get the bike in and out which is fair enough since I should have access to my own property right?
Next day I wake up all the cones are moved away and there are now more bikes than usual!
So I move some bikes out of the way so I could get my bike out, I put the cones back and drive out. Then I come back a few hours later and there's even more bikes again and the cones have been moved out of the way, in addition to this someone has parked right underneath the sign that reads "Park here and I lock your wheel".
So I get the chain out and lock the wheel sit down and wait for the owner. Lucky for him within 5 minutes he's out the front dumps his backpack on the bike and lights up a cigarette. I then proceed to tell him that I locked his wheel. He then pretends he can't understand me lol so I point to the sign and ask him if he can read it. "hmmmm" he exclaims. Without turning into a bushel of flames I go unlock the guys tire and ask him not to park there again...please.
This punk is a real smartass and needs to just say something and tells me "he didn't think anyone lived here" and then adds "I thought the sign meant I can't park inside the shop". WTF. God this guy is starting to piss me off. So I reply and say "This is private property not public property you can't park here" and again he says "Well I thought no one lived here" and adds another thing "This is Thailand" and laughs at me.
I'm about to get the chain I used to lock his wheel and ring it around the punks neck he must be what 20y/o and studies at Chiang Mai University. Without getting into an argument and bickering further with some punk kid I wave him and tell him to immediately leave the property.
But what got me about this kid was he said "This is Thailand". And I honestly don't believe he said it to mean that this is Thailand his country I'll park where I want. I really think he was making an excuse for his being inconciderate in parking across the front of my shop because This is Thailand. This is Thailand is not an excuse for poor behaviour and parking wherever you want.
So what if this is Thailand! Does that simply mean because we're in Thailand you can park and do anything you want. Is "This is Thailand" an excuse to tresspass on someones property? Just because "This is Thailand" is it an excuse to have bad behaviour? I honestly believe Thai's use the the excuse "This is Thailand" to get away from personal responsibility, in fact I think a lot of Farang do as well, what do you think?
Anyway so I wrote this story last night when I was pissed at this kid then I woke up this morning and someone parked their bike right in front of my door, can you believe that like right in front of the door I have to climb over it to get out. Wasn't just that they locked their own wheel so I couldn't move it! Fucker! So I locked the other wheel. Fuck him.
So another day continues without publishing this post when I go downstairs about 9pm and the bike is gone! The owner of the bike kindly left the chain and lock in Tact! I laughed so hard because it was probably that kid and so instead of throwing a brick through my window he'd just be a smartalec lol at least he has a sense of humour and I'm a little less stressed about it.