PATTAYA – A South Korean tourist was knocked unconscious with a single blow to the head while fighting over Bt200 with a taxi driver in Pattaya Thailand.
Eyewitnesses said the South Korea, got into row with the motorcycle taxi driver after he allegedly refused to pay his bill at a bar and taxi fare in the beach resort of Pattaya.
The confrontation, which was captured on camera by at a customer at a bar, escalated when the tourist threatened to hit the driver with his crash helmet on the pavement outside the business.
A 40-second clip shows the South Korean tourist raising his crash helmet and lunging towards the driver, who raises his arm to protect himself.
The Korean man stops and casually tosses the crash helmet over the driver’s head as music blares in the background and customers shout at them.
As they square off the tourist kicks at the driver, whose cocks his right fist as the holidaymaker backs off.
After trading kicks the tourist looks down at the driver’s leg and is knocked flat on his back by a single punch to the chin.
Customers inside the bar and people on the street cheered and applauded, and car horns sounded the moment the tourist was knocked out.
Jongrak Thiengmak, an employee at Ann’s Bar, where the fight occurred, claimed the South Korean tourist got drunk and refused to pay his bill.
Dararat Kaewkongkerd, a 33-year-old waitress said that the man left the bar, owing 1,500 baht (£30), and returned an hour later and fought with the taxi driver over an unpaid fare of 200 baht (£4).
Dararat Kaewkongkerd said that bar employees used ice to stop the bleeding and escorted the tourist back to his hotel.
Pol.Col. Sukthat reported, the South Korean man returned to the bar last night and paid his bill to avoid criminal charges and that if the victim files a charge with the police, they will proceed to identify and locate the motorcycle taxi driver in order to prosecute him under the laws