PATTAYA – A beer bar guard and group of motorcyclists in the resort town of Pattaya reportedly beat a foreign tourist unconscious because of a financial misunderstanding.
Police received a report at around 11:30pm pm that a foreign tourist was assaulted outside of Honey Bar on Pattaya. Upon arriving at the scene, rescue workers found an unconscious foreign man on the ground, with severe injuries to the head. The tourist, who is believed to be in his 30s, was sent to Banglamung Hospital.
According to the Khaosod News, the victim spent the evening drinking at the bar and asked for his bill, which totaled 1,300 baht, at around 11:30pm. Witnesses say the foreigner gave the staff 600 baht and told them in English that he would withdraw the rest of the money from a nearby ATM.
After the foreigner exited the bar and began walking towards the nearest ATM, one of the bar’s security guards allegedly mistook him for trying to flee without paying, and punched him in the head. The guard then called upon a group of motorcycle taxi drivers to help beat the foreigner until he lost consciousness, witnesses say.
A security guard at the bar was arrested in connection with the incident. Police say they are looking for the motorcyclists, who promptly fled the scene.
Meanwhile, The Pink Lady karaoke bar in Chiang Mai province has been shut down after it charged eight Malaysian tourists more than 114,080 baht.
The tourists filed a complaint with police, saying they spent approximately four hours at the “Pink Lady” and at the end of the night, the group was presented with a bill totaling 114,080 baht, which they brought to police as evidence.
The tourists said they were intimidated by the staff into paying the bill and decided to seek help from authorities afterwards.
Police say the owner of the Pink Lady confessed to charging the tourists an unusually high rate, explaining that 30 percent of the money was distributed to the taxi drivers who brought the tourists to the bar.
The owner eventually agreed to return 60,000 baht back to the tourists, who accepted the partial refund and agreed not to press charges.
However, after discovering that the bar was operating without a license, police charged the owner with running a nightlife establishment without a permit.
The bar owner, who police have not identified by name, faces up to one year in prison and a 60,000 baht fine if found guilty.
The Governor of Chiang Mai province also signed an order to shut down the Pink Lady karaoke bar immediately.