Ha, ha "The shop owners managed to escape the scene as soon as we arrived." I guess they have never heard of the concept of cordon-off and search. Mind you, it stops them having to prosecute the big wigs behind this whilst pulling off yet another PR stunt. What a farce.
You cannot catch the real owners, who always seem to run away, but only the poor people who run the shops. Get real, police, and convict the owners. Then, and only then, will people believe you.
Counterfeit goods are available everywhere in Asia, and in Hong Kong and Bali they even sell them in the Duty Free sections of the airport and no one stops them doing it like here. The US is not Thailand's boss and cannot set the rules.
Ha, ha "The shop owners managed to escape the scene as soon as we arrived." I guess they have never heard of the concept of cordon-off and search. Mind you, it stops them having to prosecute the big wigs behind this whilst pulling off yet another PR stu
Yes, I think everyone knows that these are Public Relations ploys - false as can be. If there were any sincerity in it, they would simply have shut down all such vendors 20 years ago - easy! The police would have to be totally blind to miss them :))))
Most of the goods counterfeited and sold here are European brands, not American ones. Anyway, until the cops stop taking tea money, ongoing trade in pirated goods is guaranteed.
Now what happens to these bad goods?
It was the American ambassador not european ones complaining about counterfeit goods awhile ago.
The police will send the media PR photos of a steam roller crushing and destroying about 20% of the lowest value goods seized. The rest will find it's way a) back into retail commerce or b) private ownership by certain officials.
Ask Phuket government for the home address of the owners who rent them from the government and go round and arrest them, but we all know they won't do that as they don't really care!