Sirens were flashing as an Australian woman who was on holiday in Thailand was arrested. Apparently, her friends put a mat belonging to the hotel in her bag as a joke. In Australia you wouldn’t to go to jail for such a liitle thing, but in Thailand you do. The woman was locked up in a prison cell and had to wait for the court to decide what the punishment was going to be. thw woman’s daughters were extremely scared and desperately wanted their mum back. If the woman had just known the laws and customs of Thailand.
Before you leave to go overseas you need to study the laws that apply to that country. Other countries can have a lot harsher penalties than we have. If you are caught stealing thing in another country, even a pen, then the punishment could be to go in prison. You wouldn’t really expect that .And if you are caught with illegal drugs the punishment could be death. At the moment, almost 200 different countries each have their laws and customs.
For example, in some countries their might be laws about what you wear and what you say or write. In Singapore you’re not allowed chew gum on the street. In Florence in Italy to eat, drink or sit down on steps at or near a church. In the US, overstaying your visa, even by a little bit can put you in jail and in some countries you’re not allowed to take pictures of government buildings. The government helps by putting ads up on TV but you still need to do your research.
When people come to Australia we expect them to respect our laws and other countries expect the same out of us, but first you need to know the laws. That changes my mind about going to Canada straight away.
Steeple chasing has been in Australia for over 100 years. It started with 2 Irish men who raced from one church to another one on horses jumping over all the objects in the way. It has since become a tradition.
1.It is not good and has been banned because of the cruelty to horses. It has killed many horses and is very violent and also is dangerous to jockeys too.
2.It is disturbing to the spectators because little kids go and see a horse die and some people go there for a party and horses die in front of them.
3.People shouldn’t enjoy it because the’re basicaly going to see animals die. It is very cruel to animals.
I do not believe it is good for anyone especialy horses and band basicaly everwhere.
Recently Annice Smoel travelled to Thailand. She was arrested for supposedly stealing a bar mat, at a hotel in Thailand. Her friends said they had put it in there as a joke but the Thai police didn’t find it funny.
Before going to another country you should do some research for that country or countries. Because even if you think you are doing the right thing you might find yourself in a lot of trouble.
Some laws in other countries are…
In Florence you cannot sit and eat or drink on steps near churches
In Afghanistan women and girls have to keep their full body covered
In the Muslim religion it is a serious offence to shake someone’s hand with your left hand
The main point of this story is that other countries have different laws and you are expected to obey them. It is important to research the place you are going to because in the country or even place there are some different laws you might not know about. I think obeying all the laws in another country is a minimum respect to any country.
So when you are going to another country you must do some research of that country
Many Australians love to travel but you need to pack more than just some clothes and other things you need to research about the customs in other countries. Or you could end up like Melbourne mum Anice Smoel who was on a holiday with some close friends in Phuket, Thailand. One night Anice went to a local Thai Bar when her friends put a bar mat in her handbag. The Owner of the Bar called the local Thai police and Anice was arrested. The consequences in Thailand are much greater than here in Australia because of the old Military ruling of Thailand. Anice’s family back home were terrified that their mum would be kept in a Thai prison for 2-5 years. Anice’s husband flew over to comfort and support her while her three kids wept and worried back home. Now Anice’s case is dismissed due to the Australian Government which helped to persuade the Thai Authorities to release her.
In many of the 200 countries in the world each has it own Laws, Annerversaries and customs. For example in Japan you are not allowed to eat or drink in public places and in Hong Kong you are not allowed to take photos of government buildings or government officials. In many countries drug dealing or helping asylum seekers is a death or total confinement [ prison for life ]. The Government of Australia has its own laws and customs and have had to arrest many foreigners for drink driving, alcohol problems and murders. So in the end every country has its own beliefs and each want tourists to respect them or they will unfortunately will have to pay the price for braking that countries law.
There has been an incident in Thailand about two weeks ago. A 36 year old woman named Annice Smoel had gone to Thailand for her Mother’s 60th Birthday along with two friends and a fun time turned into a nightmare after they had gone to a popular Aussie Bar and was later exiting the bar but a couple of undercover police stopped her in her tracks. Her friends had put the bar mat in her handbag as a prank without her noticing but soon later realised it was an illegal crime. She was charged with “Night Theft” with carries a higher punishment then “Day Theft”. A prank like this in Australia, normally would give you a small fine. But if you are found guilty in Thailand, the charge could be up to two to five years in jail. According to the Bar owner she was abusive to the undercover police when all they wanted was to chastise her (usually they’ll let you go) but instead attempted a runner (which didn’t help her case either) that only lasted until the beach. Annice Smoel had been in jail for four days until busted out by her husband Darren who thought the situation was a complete joke.
After Annice was released she returned devastaed, to her children aged 6, 8 , 11 and 12.
Some examples of strange laws:
· In Singapore if you are caught throwing or littering chewing gum on the streets you are sent to jail
· In Israel you’re not a loud to be seen sitting on the steps of a church
· In Iran if you’re a woman and you’re caught not wearing your Burka you will be arrested
In Australia we expect visitors from other countries to behave themselves and not litter and make Australia messier then it has ever been. We want other people to respect Australia.
So this is a lesson to everyone travelling overseas. It doesn’t matter where you go but everyone should study the countries laws. You never know this person Annice Smoel could have been anyone of you. So remember, when ever going overseas make sure to well prepare.
WOW I just came to Thailand for a holiday with my friends the police here can’t take a joke. My friends only took the bar mat & put it in my bag as a joke big deal! Okay I said sorry can I go back home now I don’t want to be in prison I want to see my lovely daughters. After few horrible days I was let out & able to go home. I’m never going back to Thailand that’s for sure.
Most people would research & know what there are laws are for the country they go to & know what would be offensive to that country, its people & government. Here we would expect from visitors from overseas to respect our laws & the ways of living here. It’s important to research the placed, country you’re going to because if you don’t you could offend the people & government of that country & you could get in serious trouble my first paragraph was an example.
Annice Smol got in trouble in Thailand recently because she stole a bar mat the Thai police say & she abused some of the police. Her daughters just wanted their mother home because they had been away from her for quite awhile & missed her very much & wouldn’t have liked the way people were talking about their Mum. Did you know if you stole during the day it’s a lighter punishment then if you stole during the night, the maximum penalty is 2-5 years in jail.
The Australian government has helped people when they go away & they’re stuck they can call the Australian Embassy for help. People that are traveling to Australia should obey these rules it is illegal to take or sell drugs unless doctors have prescribed them for you. It’s not okay to hurt or kill anyone. If you want more information go to http://www.australia.gov.au/ I believe that if you go to a different country you should respect them which means don’t bag their culture, don’t do stuff that is illegal over there & don’t be mean, be nice and friendly. My opinion is that you shouldn’t play jokes in any country because they might not think it’s a joke & take it serious.
Have you ever been overseas? I have, and it did have laws, but if you stole a mat from a hotel you wouldn’t go to prison. In Thailand a few weeks ago a woman was arrested because her friends put a mat belonging to the hotel in her bag. The Thai police found her and thought she was actually trying to steal it as she tried to tell them she never even touched it. They didn’t believe her and arrested her.
She was told to stay in the country while the court was thinking of what should happen to her. They finally decided that she could go home and be with her family again.
Some countries have very different customs and laws to ours. If you chew gum on the street in Singapore you can be arrested. In some other countries it’s illegal to take a photo of a government building. A few years ago an Australian man was arrested for insulting a member of the Thai royal family and it’s illegal to do that there. Overseas if you smuggle illegal drugs you can get life in prison or the death penalty. If that happens in Australia you would probably get a few years in gaol (jail). It’s strange how different countries have different laws but just be careful if you’re going overseas and do some research on the internet and some simple reading.
The recent flooding in Southern Queensland has left many people stranded, towns marooned, farms demolished, wildlife habitats ruined and riverbanks overrun and overflowing. The governer of Queensland has recently that Queensland’s worst drought in history is offcially over.
As many people drove to safety centers the floods moved south to southern NSW and the same bad thing happened, maybe even worse
The good thing is, is that Queensland`s Dam level are nearly full or maybe even full.
The damage bill will probably come to millions of dollars and looks like it will come out of the government’s budget. This flood will take a long time to repair all the damage.
In the country parts where the drought is, the flood has hit and now the plants are growing and the grass is flurishing again.
So the floods have brought good things and bad things.
A 12 year old boy named Nicholas was riding his bike without a helmet. He fell off his bike and hit his head on the ground and because he had no helmet on he suffered a severe injury.
This injury caused bleeding inside his head which was pushing the brain to one side which could have killed him. The brain was being pushed because of the build up of pressure inside his head.
The doctor knew he had to drill a hole in the boys head to release the pressure but didn’t know how to do it. He didn’t have the right equipment so he had to buy a real drill to drill a hole through Nicholas’ head. He then rang a specialist to direct him where and how deep the hole should be.
The operation was a success and Nicholas is now recovering in hospital.
Lots of australians do it but how could traveling overseas land you in jail. Well it happened to an australian mother when she was traveling in Thailand when her friends put a bar mat in her hand-bag which belonged to a bar as a joke.It turns out the Thai police didn’t take it as a joke and she ended up in prison.
This is why you should always research before you travel overseas because different countries have different laws and customs. For example in Singapore you can be arrested for chewing gum on the streets.
There are more than 200 countries in the world and they all have different customs and laws and when you travel overseas the countries expect that you will obey them. Like when people come to Australia we expect them to follow our laws.
Annice Smoel’s family where devastated to hear what had happened and her three daughters were petrified at the thought of not having their mother round for 5 years.
This story should teach people that you should always obey laws and customs when traveling overseas.