The knock-on effect for Bangkok's knock-offs
One long-time vendor of counterfeit goods reveals that times have become hard since Lady Gaga's infamous 'Rolex Tweet' last year _ which inspired a short-lived crackdown _ but that continued encouragement of the counterfeit industry by officials who profit from it means that everything is still for sale
Last week, a man came to tell Jasmine, a vendor in the Nana area, that the Department of Special Investigation would be conducting a raid. He took the unusual step of telling her not only to temporarily close down, but to move all of her counterfeit goods back home for two days.
TIMES ARE TOUGH: Shopping for counterfeit watches at the Patpong night market.
While it was another setback in a series dating back to Lady Gaga's visit to Bangkok eight months ago _ when Jasmine was caught in a DSI raid following the furore caused by a message by the singer on Twitter _ this time it was a necessary safety measure. Jasmine said she had recently paid a 400,000 baht bribe to a high-ranking police official in order to receive such early warnings.