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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 04:02
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Pattaya's shame: Foreigner leaves blood on the sidewalk

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My first time in Bangkok my wife and I were returning (sober) to an international hotel with four in the name and apparently I was too close to the retaining wall because I broke my pinky toe in flip flops on an iron weep scupper sticking out about 4” at sidewalk level.
We were checked out with our bags being held in the lobby and a flight to catch so I knew going to a hospital or discussing liability with the hotel wasn’t very practical if I wanted to keep our itinerary.
The funny part in hindsight was learning about Thai mentality as my wife said things like, “it’s not their fault you have to be careful and watch where you’re going” and “we can go to the hospital if you want but we don’t do that in Thai,,we wait a week and see if it’s still a problem”.
Knowing our schedule and there’s not much the hospital can do I just tried to snap it back straight and deal with it. About a week later we were home to her village and it was still swollen and painful so I asked if I could see the doctor and get an X-ray.
We walked with her mother to the village clinic and waited outside until the doctor on duty came over from smoking a cigarette to take a look. He sent a nurse inside who came back with a little jar of Thai balm and said put this on and come back in a week if it’s still a problem!
Early on after that experience she answered many of my questions as a stranger in a foreign land with the simple line “you take care of you honey “.
I quickly learned she was serious and was giving good advice to live by here. So far I’ve only had a broken pinky toe.

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1 hour ago, zoza said:

according to the latest on the soi Buchow grapevine a heart attack victim

who was rushed to one of our more expensive hospitals due to his collapse

a few weeks back was put on ICU , and I was told when he was visited he

was stone cold and no sign of life, but they kept him wired up and only after a phone call from family in UK, they unplugged him....total bill for 36

hours...700,000 baht ,so at least this old chap was conscious, and would be able to sign himself out..... before he was bankrupted.

I hope the old chap has a speedy recovery.

I will get an update on this story tomorrow. 

That is exactly the same that happened to a member of my staff nearly twenty years ago.

She was in hospital and her condition worsened dramatically. She was brain-dead but being kept alive by machine.

Family up-country was informed and knew their daughter was beyond all hope. They rushed to the hospital, who only then would switch the machine off and presented them with a bill for it. They wouldn't release the body until the bill was paid either.

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5 hours ago, worgeordie said:

What image would that be ?, if that happened in the West

you could sue the local authority,here you have to get yourself

to the hospital and pay the bill ,unless you are Chinese of course.

regards Worgeordie

And face possible legal actions against you for causing those at fault to loose face?! I have found Thais very responsive with 1669 emergency service though....

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2 hours ago, RJRS1301 said:

Cannot sue councils in New South Wales for these type of things anymore.

 

 

In the UK, if it's been like that for six months you won't win your case either.

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2 minutes ago, Traubert said:

In the UK, if it's been like that for six months you won't win your case either.

Even if the victim is an alien receiving benefits?  They have no way to support themselves.

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1 hour ago, KMartinHandyman said:

apparently I was too close to the retaining wall because I broke my pinky toe

Not apparently, obviously. 

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1 hour ago, HLover said:

Although it resembled pavement, what was it actually?

An architectural uneven mesh made my mom trip over but shes fine and she still likes Thailand for vacations.

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My first time in Bangkok my wife and I were returning (sober) to an international hotel with four in the name and apparently I was too close to the retaining wall because I broke my pinky toe in flip flops on an iron weep scupper sticking out about 4” at sidewalk level.
We were checked out with our bags being held in the lobby and a flight to catch so I knew going to a hospital or discussing liability with the hotel wasn’t very practical if I wanted to keep our itinerary.
The funny part in hindsight was learning about Thai mentality as my wife said things like, “it’s not their fault you have to be careful and watch where you’re going” and “we can go to the hospital if you want but we don’t do that in Thai,,we wait a week and see if it’s still a problem”.
Knowing our schedule and there’s not much the hospital can do I just tried to snap it back straight and deal with it. About a week later we were home to her village and it was still swollen and painful so I asked if I could see the doctor and get an X-ray.
We walked with her mother to the village clinic and waited outside until the doctor on duty came over from smoking a cigarette to take a look. He sent a nurse inside who came back with a little jar of Thai balm and said put this on and come back in a week if it’s still a problem!
Early on after that experience she answered many of my questions as a stranger in a foreign land with the simple line “you take care of you honey “.
I quickly learned she was serious and was giving good advice to live by here. So far I’ve only had a broken pinky toe.
Thats why I always wear my DR Martins steel toe cap shoes.
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So the restaurant staff must have been aware of this obstacle. A simple cone over the obstacle would have been a good idea. There are very few sidewalks in Pattaya that can be used. Check out the 'sidewalk'on the left at the end of Soi Diana and 2nd road . The restaurant has built a wall along the kerb to make more floor area for tables. TIT.

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Pattaya.........and  the  rest  of  Thailand  has no  shame

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Nothing will change in Thailand. you just have to be extra extra careful in everything you do in los.

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