BANGKOK – British National Matt Prior, 26, who was beaten by a bouncer outside Sugar nightclub in Bangkok is now being faced with a US$10,000 bill after the management, who admitted the blame, refused to pay much more than US$500.
The family of Matt Prior, who all live in Puckeridge UK, are now asking for help covering his steep medical bill.
Matt was told the costs would be covered by the Bangkok club, but the offer was later revoked by management when the extent of his injuries were revealed.
Mr Prior, who teaches English and runs a football team in the Thailand, had to have part of his hipbone inserted under his left eye socket to save his sight.
While waiting for a taxi home, a bouncer suddenly floored him with a single punch.
Matt lost four pints of blood over the course of several days.
Recalling the attack, he said: “We got showed to our seats and bought mixers, had one drink each and was then told we had to leave because they thought we were too drunk. We weren’t.
“Ten minutes later I was hailing a cab. My mate saw a bouncer come out of the club entrance, come up from behind me, and punch me full-on in the side of the face.”
He then received a message from club manager Tim Kopp apologizing for the attack and claiming the bouncer had been sacked.
“I’ve seen the pictures of your nose and deeply apologise [for] what happened and your experience,” he said.
“It’s just right to cover your hospital bill as what happened was totally unnecessary.”
However, when the cost of his subsequent operation, equivalent of roughly £6,500, was revealed, the club’s tone changed.
He was contacted by the parent company’s managing director, who said the club was not responsible for his injuries, as it took place off premises.
He said bosses “were quick to assist in your immediate expenses and considered the matter closed”.
Mr Prior’s misery is compounded by invalidated insurance, caused by a change of jobs, and he is struggling to press charges.
Back home in Bachelors, his mum, Sue, and younger siblings, Sarah, Daniel and Andrew, have been trying to raise awareness.
A fundraising page has also been set up by his American girlfriend, Lauren Moore.
Sarah, 23, said: “It’s obviously quite difficult for our family because we cannot get out there and he can’t come back here, it really is not the nicest thing to happen.”
At the time of going to press, $8,810 – or £5,862 – had been raised towards Mr Prior’s medical bill.
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