It looks like Annice Smoel may be getting the justice she deserves.
BAR mat mum Annice Smoel’s dream family trip to Disneyland is in tatters after she was denied a US visa – because of her Thai criminal record.
Mrs Smoel had planned to take her daughters Zhian, 12, Daisy, 11, Zoe, 8, and Lilly, 6, to the theme park to make up for the distress they endured during her drama over a beer mat stolen in a Phuket bar prank.
But the trip is all but cancelled after the US embassy in Melbourne knocked back her application for a non-immigrant visa.
Mrs Smoel is ineligible because she is listed as a convicted criminal. She copped a conviction, a six-month suspended jail term and a $37 fine after she agreed to plead guilty to theft in exchange for her freedom.
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The 36-year-old said her daughters would be devastated by the latest drama.
“They’ve been having nightmares and coming into mum’s bed at night since I got back. It would have been the perfect way to take their minds off all of what’s happened,” Mrs Smoel said.
The family was originally due to fly out to the US in May but Mrs Smoel was trapped in Thailand following the bar mat incident.
She was finally handed back her passport and allowed to leave Thailand after 18 days.
At a meeting with the US embassy in Melbourne yesterday, Mrs Smoel was told her conviction could mean she is barred from travelling to the US for up to seven years.
“That’s seven years away, my girls will be all grown up by then,” she said.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
But the really disturbing thing about this read is that again she paints herself as a victim. Like not going to the US to visit Disneyland is scarring her children. It’s the USA’s fault if her kids grow up and become serial killers because they wouldn’t let poor Annice take her family to Disneyland.
For the love of god, has this woman ever accepted responsibility for her actions ever in her life? Seriously, it wouldn’t have been public knowledge that her visa application was rejected so in order for this story to have come to light she phoned up the press and made another melodramatic plea. Maybe she’s hoping media pressure will cause the US to cave or that perhaps the Australian government can step in and talk to the US embassy about making an exception in her case.
You know, because America really wants drunken tourists who run from the cops and verbally abuse police coming in their country. I wish they would quit calling her the Beer Mat Mom because that’s not what landed her in hot water. It was simply the thing that began her problems. They should call her “The Completely Irresponsible Ugly Tourist Mom.”
She paints this picture for readers of her nightmare-having children yet it was HER actions which caused the nightmares that can only be cured by traveling to the US. When she was sitting there talking to the Thai police officer who stopped her SHE made the decision that she was willing to risk putting her family through emotional trauma. She thought nothing of her family and instead only of herself and made a run from the police. When captured and taken to the police station she could have thought about her family again and pleaded for forgiveness or attempted to clear up the misunderstanding (i.e. pay a bribe) but yet again she showed zero parental or spousal responsibility and decided to verbally abuse the police officers for doing their job.
Well, this is the price you pay for one drunken night of irresponsibility and thinking of no one but yourself.