Shop or Walk? Downtown Skywalks paralyzed by vendors
It's hard to fault anyone for wanting to make a baht, but the same can be said of everyone else's desire to get to work or home.
A chorus of complaint is rising among Thai netizens who are sick of people selling stuff along the BTS Skywalks, sometimes crowding both sides of the path. Important walkways which would already be congested by commuters at the Victory Monument, Chong Nonsi and Ratchadamri BTS stations have become notorious flea markets, despite signs prohibiting such behavior. Now question is raised whether the municipal police will move to take care of the problem.
Although the posted signs threaten THB 2,000 fines, vendors hawk their wares with impunity from inside corporate chain stands as well as temporary mats placed on the ground. Although some people complain that this ruins the beautiful image of Bangkok, most are grumbling because the vendors create small choke points which reduce foot traffic to a crawl, especially during rush hours.
Those upset about this should remember, if there were no buyers, there would be no sellers. So all you gotta do is not buy their stuff.