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21 year old British man arrested over negative restaurant review

PHOTO: Khaosod English

A 21 year old British man, identified only as “Alexander”, is in custody after his arrest by the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on May 9. The arrest took place at a condominium in the Bang Kho Laem District, Bangkok.

(In some media he is reported as being “half-Thai).

Alexander had been wanted in Phuket province since mid-last year. He was flown back to Phuket to face charges since his arrest.

The arrest was made based on a warrant issued by the Phuket Provincial Court in August last year. Alexander faced charges of “importing false information into a computer system in a manner likely to cause damage to the public.”

In simple words, defamation.

Back in mid 2022, Alexander had a dispute with the owner of an Italian restaurant in Phuket over access to get to his accommodation. The restaurant had provided a “convenient route to the apartment”, but had incurred costs in doing so, so reserved it exclusively for clients who used the restaurant’s services.

Despite being advised against using the route, Alexander continued to do so. So Alexander decided to vent his anger by posting some negative reviews of the restaurant.

The restaurant noticed a drastic drop in its Google customer review scores from 4.9 down to 3.1. Further investigation revealed that one-star reviews flooded in over a short period, all attributed to Alexander and his friends. The restaurant owner told police that the reviews contained false and distorted statements, “aimed at maliciously damaging the restaurant’s reputation”.

The restaurant owner filed a complaint at Sakhu Police Station in the north of Phuket. But Alexander had already fled to Bangkok, where he remained until his recent arrest.

Alexander denies the charges and awaits his date in the Phuket Provincial Court.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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