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    Taxi's vs. US Navy (They're at it again...)

    [SIZE="5"]Phuket Police Intervene in US Navy, Local Taxi Dispute[/SIZE]
    [SIZE="2"]By Alan Morison
    Thursday, March 24, 2011[/SIZE]


    PHUKET police were called to intervene in a dispute between US Navy personnel and local taxi drivers at Phuket's deep sea port this week.

    Tuesday's rumpus at Ao Makham was described today as a ''negotiating snafu'' by a spokesperson for the US Embassy, who said the disagreement involved a price misunderstanding.

    It is believed the row was quickly resolved after police intervened - unlike the taxi and tuk-tuk blockades that took place in three previous disputes involving US Navy personnel.

    News of the dispute reached a welcoming party where the Commander of USS Decatur, Shanti Sethi, and other crew from the destroyer were being entertained in Patong by member of the Phuket Navy League.

    Back in June last year, a US representative - Douglas H. Robinson, Chief, Navy Security, Force Protection Detachment - was assured by then Phuket Vice Governor Treerayut Eamtakul that there would be no fourth incident, and that Phuket felt a ''sense of shame'' about what had happened in the three blockades.

    A special committee was to be set up to ensure there was no repetition.

    At the time, the vice governor said the drivers involved in the disputes felt the local van drivers were getting some business, but that the taxi drivers were not.

    It is believed that similar rancor was behind Tuesday's dispute.

    Mr Robinson said last year after meeting with the vice governor for 40 minutes: ''We understand the taxi drivers have a livelihood and they do get business from our sailors on Phuket. One thing that the US Navy does and will continue to do is to provide transport for our sailors as a courtesy from the port [at Cape Panwa on the east coast] to Patong and back.

    ''After that, the sailors then have the opportunity to use taxis to go anywhere on the island that they want to go.''

    Earlier in 2010, a cruise line company had complained in a similar way to then Governor Wichai Praisa-ngob about the objectionable behavior of tuk-tuk and taxi drivers at Phuket's deep sea port.

    The cruise liner Queen Mary 2 is due to anchor off Phuket on Sunday. Another luxury vessel, Silver Spirit, is due on April 6.

    Both may anchor in Patong Bay to avoid the deep sea port taxi drivers.

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    Back in June last year, a US representative - Douglas H. Robinson, Chief, Navy Security, Force Protection Detachment - was assured by then Phuket Vice Governor Treerayut Eamtakul that there would be no fourth incident, and that Phuket felt a ''sense of shame'' about what had happened in the three blockades.

    A special committee was to be set up to ensure there was no repetition.

    At the time, the vice governor said the drivers involved in the disputes felt the local van drivers were getting some business, but that the taxi drivers were not.
    I remember this from last year... hilarious... next time will the Navy just take aim?

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    I hope the QM2 and the Silver Spirit, and all other ships ancor in the bay and leave these blood suckers to go broke.

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