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Samui "song thaew" driver agrees to pay foreigner's 6,000 baht hospital bill after fare "misunderstanding"


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Samui "song thaew" driver agrees to pay foreigner's 6,000 baht hospital bill after fare "misunderstanding"

 

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A fight broke out between a group of foreign exchange students and drivers at Chaweng beach road on Koh Samui after the New Year countdown. 

 

James Joshua Michael Fagin, 21, went to Pol Capt Daenchai Buntham of the Bo Phut police to say that he was attacked by a song thaew driver and several other male drivers after a disagreement over the price of a fare to Mae Nam. 

 

Mr Fagin, from South Africa, said that he was with three others including his girlfriend. He said that the song thaew driver wanted to charge them 800 baht per person.

 

He laughed at this that annoyed the driver who attacked him with his fists. 

 

Seeing this five or six other public vehicle drivers joined in and he was knocked to the ground as fists and kicks flew, he claimed. 

 

The attackers then fled the scene as police arrived and Mr Fagin was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries racking up a bill of 6,000 baht. 

 

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Shortly after making his statement to police the song thaew driver arrived at the police station. 

 

Wanchai Phoonsawat, 47, gave a different story. He said that he had offered an 800 baht all-in fare for the tourists and having got no reply to his request he asked "How much then?".

 

He said that he was attacked by the tourists who started it. He said that two Thai women then grabbed him by the arms so that the "farangs" could punch him. 

 

"Thank goodness my mates arrived to help me out," he said as a melee ensued. 

 

He said that he was willing to let bygones be bygones but now the matter had been reported to police he said that he would agree to pay for the South African's hospital bill. 

 

Pol Capt Daenchai fined everyone for affray and noted that the song thaew driver agreed to pay the 6,000 baht hospital bill. 

 

Source: Daily News

 
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2 minutes ago, webfact said:

He said that he was willing to let bygones be bygones but now the matter had been reported to police he said that he would agree to pay for the South African's hospital bill. 

Another instance of those in the tourism service industry looking to fleece its customers, then getting angry and aggressive when their outrageous demands are not met. And of course another instance of a wai and a small fine to allow this shitty behaviour to go relatively unpunished. Given several drivers were involved, one wonders why they too were not dragged to the police station over the matter. Having got clean away with it, you can see this will happen again and again.

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At the ripoff price of 800 baht a fare, the payment of the 6000 baht hospital bill is probably about half a days work. So a relatively cheap way for the driver to save face. 

 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, sahibji said:

assaults on human beings should not be tolerated.

 

Agreed, but it would be a catch-22 situation. How can it be solved without inflicting physical harm on the perpetrators?

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It is highly doubtful the tourists were lying about the fare. This kind of fleecing is so common on Samui. And the driver deserves whatever beating he got. It is all about face. And how do I feel about face, the single greatest form of human weakness there is?

 

Face is no doubt, the greatest form of weakness, a human can engage in. Many will say it is societal, cultural, etc. No matter. It is the absolute and complete lack of the ability to introspect, and look within for the source of any problem, shortcoming, conflict, or issue. It is the polar opposite of spirituality, and therefore an absolute scourge on Buddha, and all of the precepts he taught. By practicing face, you are denying your spiritual heritage. You are refusing to man up. To take responsibility for your actions. If a man or a woman cannot, and will not take responsibility for their actions, the problems they create, the mistakes they make, and the issues they involve themselves in, what are they? Are they still an adult? Are they a complete individual, if they allow themselves to be limited by such infinitely small social convention? 

 

Who cares what people think of you? For those of us with high self esteem, it just does not matter. Sure, close friends and family. But strangers on the street? Who gives a rat's butt about this? It means nothing what they think, nor what they say about you. They count for nothing. They are just people, and people you do not know, nor will ever see again. Face is rife with self doubt, and by subscribing to this weakness, and man or woman is made a far lesser person. For those of us with high self esteem, we know who we are. What others think, what society thinks, what a guy or gal thinks, means less than zero.

Real men or women, simply own a situation, and take responsibility for their errors or mistakes. Small men, social deviants, or emotional adolescents deflect, obfuscate, attempt to confuse, and do everything in their power to deny that they made a mistake, or that they are responsible in any way, or on any level. They make up narratives about fake news, or alternative facts. Anything to avoid looking within, for the source of the problem. Anything.

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5 minutes ago, seahorse said:

The reporting leaves a lot to be desired as usual. 

First it says Mr Fagin went to the police and then it says that the police arrived at the scene. 

Which is it? 

Mr Fagin went to the police station and rang the bell to wake them up, then they arrived at the scene.

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6 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Agreed, but it would be a catch-22 situation. How can it be solved without inflicting physical harm on the perpetrators?

How would assaults on human beings not being tolerated stop us from beating up Thais?

 

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