A Twitter battle against bribes
Expat blogger Richard Barrow posted a photograph yesterday on Twitter of an officer from the Revenue Department in Samut Prakan of allegedly asking him for a Bt1,000 bribe.
Barrow refused to pay and the officer, upon realising his photograph was being taken, demanded that it be deleted. Eventually, Barrow managed to pay the Bt260 fee and left with a receipt.
After posting the picture and messages on Twitter, @RichardBarrow received comments from other expats who said Thai officials had demanded bribes from them as well.
British Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent joined Barrow on his anti-corruption movement on Twitter by tweeting: "UK Bribery Act applies to UK citizens overseas. We encourage any UK citizen who is asked for a bribe to report it."