Shinawatra hotel scorns Luang Pu

Luang Pu Buddha Issara, a core anti-government leader, tried to get rooms for protesting farmers at the Shinawatra family-owned SC Park Hotel on Thursday, but was refused accommodation - and demanded and received 120,000 baht in compensation, plus costs.

The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has targeted businesses owned by or having a relationship with the Shinawatra family, urging supporters to stop buying goods or services provided by those companies.

Luang Pu led his supporters from the Chaeng Wattana rally base to Shinawatra Tower 3 on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road on Thursday morning. 

They later travelled on vehicles to the SC Park Hotel, which is on Praditnamutham Road in Wang Thong Lang area.

Upon arrival about 11.45am, Luang Pu showed the hotel staff his receipt for a deposit of 4,200 baht for the reservation of 10 rooms, which the monk said were reserved for protesting farmers who have been forced to sleep out on the street for some time.

The hotel informed the monk that the check-in time should be 2pm and only 20 people would be allowed to use the rooms.

Pol Col Sawanhakij Bamrungsak, superintendent of Wang Thong Lang police station, went to talk with Luang Pu and asked why protesters were at the hotel. The monk insisted that the reserved rooms were for farmers.

The hotel's manager, Ekawit Okwaeha, informed Luang Pu that he could not allow protesters to use the reserved rooms because his existing guests were frightened and the hotel must give priority to guests already staying at the hotel.

Luang Pu then demanded cash compensation of 120,000 baht, 40,000 baht for fuel for 40 vehicles and 80,000 baht for eight buses.

Mr Ekawit finally paid the requested amount, but Luang Pu also wanted a refund of the deposit, which eventually was paid by Pol Col Sawanhakij.

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Discussion 1 : 25/02/2014 at 02:03 AM
Is there any Buddhistic behaviour under Buddhistic Red Shirts?
Discussion 2 : 24/02/2014 at 09:02 PM
Of course they were not hostile, they got 120 000 baht just by smiling through the windows of the 40 cars and 8 buses. Only 500+ people blowing their whistles in a friendly fashion. I would pay too, if that bunch decided that they wanted to 'peacefully' demonstrate on my property.
Discussion 3 : 24/02/2014 at 08:54 PM
Yes, because this is honest, non corrupt business practice! Thins monk is an obvious candidate for the peoples council. It warms my heart to see how peaceful, honest and straight the PDRC leadership is. We can not ask for better people, full of pure thinking and integrity. Why do we need democracy when we can rely on such pillars of society? If Suthep was a Christian I would look for the halo over his head.
Discussion 4 : 24/02/2014 at 08:30 PM
The good thing is that this is not corruption!
Discussion 5 : 22/02/2014 at 06:52 PM
It's ALL about the money.... Welcome to Thailand.
Discussion 6 : 22/02/2014 at 01:29 PM
A monk demanded 120,000 baht to leave a hotel?
Discussion 7 : 22/02/2014 at 11:55 AM
marvelous stunt, wasn't this the same hotel that didn't worry about disturbing its guests when the UDD leaders were staying there in 2010! Goes to show, when the farmers aren't protesting for Thaksin's money, they are undesirables. He booked the rooms, they deserve to stay, hotel has a prerogative to refuse guests but it is a PR nightmare, that is the real reason they caved into his far fetched demands for compensation.
Discussion 8 : 21/02/2014 at 11:17 AM
You should read the article again. It said "Luang Pu then demanded cash compensation of 120,000 baht, 40,000 baht for fuel for 40 vehicles and 80,000 baht for eight buses."
Discussion 9 : 21/02/2014 at 09:29 AM
This is the most insane thing I ever read.
Discussion 10 : 21/02/2014 at 09:19 AM
Phoney monk go home. I'm surprise the Buddhist Organization hasn't strip this monk of his status.
Discussion 11 : 21/02/2014 at 08:15 AM
Suthep's monk on a shakedown to extort money from Thaksin's hotel. Great story. It does not get much better than that, does it?
Discussion 12 : 21/02/2014 at 07:45 AM
Any one can clear me better, why does this self flipping & tipping foni fake in Orange dressed - B-monk - not receive a welcome support from his " Brotherhood of Buddists " as is usual in the Islamitic world? When will this stop ..... slipping inside with fake intentions and carry " compensated " cashed money in his orange bag outside ? How we should see and call this ? When will this incredible - non monk - stop to spread a bad cover over the much more respecting colleague buddhists ? Where is he coming from ? Is there no any UPPER MONK to revise his unlikely non Buddhistic behavor ?
Discussion 13 : 21/02/2014 at 06:06 AM
PDRC stated they would target Shinanwatra business.
Discussion 14 : 21/02/2014 at 04:49 AM
I am of the opinion that if this happened to any of ,or all of the posters on here, when the Police turned up, rather than being very generous, your ATM card would be bilked to the max credit limit.
Discussion 15 : 21/02/2014 at 04:32 AM
This phoney monk didn't deserve a single baht. In the USA this is called extortion and is a felony offense. Isn't this struggle basically about democracy v. Elite corruption? What right does a Buddhist monk have to take sides against democracy?
Discussion 16 : 21/02/2014 at 04:00 AM
What a humiliation ! I am sure, the monk will give this money to the families of killed or injured protesters or to farmers. Let's see, what else he will come up with.
Discussion 17 : 21/02/2014 at 02:24 AM
it is a very good tactics.... he can claims that he is leading a group of monks to claim realms.
Discussion 18 : 21/02/2014 at 01:30 AM
Protect the UDD, the hotel now? If so, the UDD has to dress better than the farmer so that the guests are not frightened.
Discussion 19 : 21/02/2014 at 12:25 AM
Seems the government missed a great opportunity to win some badly need positive PR by refusing the farmers accommodation. Imagine what these farmers will have to say about PT "concern" for their plight when they return to their home provinces.
Discussion 20 : 20/02/2014 at 10:56 PM
It was a provocation. Probably many cameras were there. What else.
Discussion 21 : 20/02/2014 at 10:12 PM
Which Thai Buddhist organisation will finally reeducate this misguided monk or will at last derobe him. He is a shame for Thailand's state religion. A learned monk knows exactly that his place is inside a wat for preaching and teaching and that monks do their errands walking barefeet and do not take vehicles. He even does not understand PDRC's orders to boycott any possibly Thaksin related enterprise - or else it once again is one of these dirty Suthep tricks. Why the hotel paid any compensation is beyond me - for 10 rooms with max. double occupancy you sure do not need 40 cars and 8 buses. Ridiculous Kindergarten story and behaviour.
Discussion 22 : 20/02/2014 at 09:37 PM
absolutely bizarre story, and key details appear to be missing....why should he be entitled to 120k in compensation? 40 vehicles and 8 buses? And only a 4200 baht deposit??? 10 rooms? 10 rooms and 40 vehicles and 8 buses worth of people? come on BKK Post, please proof read the stories and see if they make any sense before publishing
Discussion 23 : 20/02/2014 at 08:45 PM
I love the smile on his face, now he has 120,000 baht more and from this money he can put the farmers in other cheaper hotels and can still buy food and drinks for the farmers while they are in BKK as well. Maybe he would come back and repeat the action again tomorrow and get some more money.
Discussion 24 : 20/02/2014 at 06:24 PM
Shinawatra family cares about the vote of the farmers.
Discussion 25 : 20/02/2014 at 06:21 PM
The cowl does not make the monk.
Discussion 26 : 20/02/2014 at 06:16 PM
Why are they hostile, they just wanted to stay in a hotel same as anyone else.
Discussion 27 : 20/02/2014 at 06:07 PM
A thoroughly enjoyable story about an indomitable fighting monk who dispensed justice in his own inimitable and marvellous manner. Who else could have done it and gotten away with it? Notice that Luang Pu Buddha Issara and the farmers didn't bulldoze their way into the red inn, which they could have easily done, or threaten a lawsuit for discrimination in being refused accommodation. Instead, he made the hotel people pay through their nose in humiliation and taught them a lesson without using force or threats. Even a police colonel chipped in, hah!
Discussion 28 : 20/02/2014 at 05:50 PM
Hostile? Farmers who have been sleeping on the street? Appears to be yet another monumental blunder on the part of the Shinawatra family, which says it cares so much about the poor farmers.
Discussion 29 : 20/02/2014 at 05:47 PM
Doesn't say anywhere that guests were hostile.
Discussion 30 : 20/02/2014 at 05:45 PM
Can I make a booking for 100 people, then say I am anti Thaksin, and receive 1 million baht.
Discussion 31 : 20/02/2014 at 05:30 PM
... splendid idea of the PDRC! More of that stuff please!!
Discussion 32 : 20/02/2014 at 05:26 PM
Davidmemo6....who said they were hostile? Were you there? There is nothing in the piece to say the group were doing anything other than trying to check into a hotel.
Discussion 33 : 20/02/2014 at 05:16 PM
What the monk does is a criminal case called extortion why the police dont lock them up they have all right to do that.
Discussion 34 : 20/02/2014 at 05:15 PM
Carry on PDRC, it won't be long before you can have any rooms, and choice of hotels, because they will soon be empty.
Discussion 35 : 20/02/2014 at 05:02 PM
We finally know how protester collect "donations" from the "people" . The government is what it is, but this incident is just shameful... These business associates might well open some jet ski lending operations with religious blessing after their Bangkok stunts.
Discussion 36 : 20/02/2014 at 04:48 PM
Why accept hostile guests. Private business have a right to refuse people

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