Re: “A determined drive against food stalls”, Editorial, The Nation, yesterday.
Having lived in BKK near street vendors I find it easy to support the BMA in this endeavour. The street vendors throw their wastewater and leftover food down the sewer in what seems like total disregard for the environment and the neighbours.
The drive to portray these vendors as part of the tapestry that makes up the neighbourhood is the Thai style bleeding heart way of saying that they know they are wrong but look the other way please.
The sewer system in the whole of Thailand is in disrepair and if these vendors contributed some tax money in some way maybe (after all the costs of corruption are covered) some of the money could find its way to fixing the sewer system.
Finally, walking in BKK is a nightmare in most part because the sidewalks are used for anything other than walking and that is the main reason why I will not shed a tear if these shops have to relocate or simply close down.
Agree. It’s also worth considering that when not in use these carts and stalls are often left outside, I see cats, dogs, rats, insects crawling all over the carts, I have seen the wood blocks used for chopping food sitting in the hot climate. I have never seen a vendor using hot water and soap or detergent to clean their cart prior to use, I have never seen a vendor regularly washing their hands, as is the most basic hygiene requirement for catering workers. It’s surprising more people don’t get sick.
I note that at least some common sense is being used. They are saying that pavements wide enough for food stalls and pedestrians can continue. The fun part is going to be deciding which are wide enough and which are not. That argument, I suspect, will go on for a long time.