Thailand’s obsession with inspecting foreigners’ passports has reached the dizzy heights of total insanity in Rayong.
Today I shopped at Tops Supermarket in Central Festival Plaza. At the checkout I produced my “The 1 Card” which had been issued to me by Tops, and which should have entitled me to a Bt100 discount on my purchases.
“Passport!” demanded the checkout girl.
I explained to her that I had produced my passport when I had applied for “The 1 Card” and it was therefore on their records. I also pointed out that I was not in the habit of carrying my passport when I went to the supermarket.
But that wasn’t good enough.
No passport, no discount.
Next thing they will probably want to see my passport before they let me use their toilet.