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American faces two years in prison for posting unflattering TripAdvisor review of Thailand island resort

The Sea View Resort on Koh Chang island claims Wesley Barnes launched a barrage of complaints against them after his stay

An American could face up to two years in prison after leaving a negative review for a hotel in Thailand on TripAdvisor.

, forcing them to take legal action.

“The Sea View Resort owner filed a complaint that the defendant had posted unfair reviews on his hotel on the Tripadvisor website,” Colonel Thanapon Taemsara of Koh Chang police told AFP.

Mr Barnes is accused of causing “damage to the reputation of the hotel”, as well as arguing with them during his stay about a corkage fee for alcohol brought to the hotel.

He was arrested by immigration police and returned to Koh Chang for a brief detention, but is now out on bail.

Mr Barnes, who works in Thailand, had penned multiple reviews on different sites over the past few weeks, the hotel alleges.

In one posted in July, he claimed to have encountered “unfriendly staff” who “act like they don’t want anyone here”.

Another post, which accused the hotel of “modern day slavery”, was removed by TripAdvisor for…

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