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Foreigner Beaten by Tuk-Tuk Drivers after not Paying Extortionate Fee at Karaoke Bar

- A word of warning if you ‘want to do it your way’

James Austin Farrell May 8, 2013

CHIANG MAI: -- CityNews – A foreign man was badly beaten by tuk-tuk drivers late April after the driver had taken him to a karaoke bar where he was charged 17,000 baht for a few drinks and forced to pay lest he suffer the consequences.

The man, a Chiang Mai long-term expat, explained that on the night, “I had a tuk-tuk driver, one man from the karaoke and two girls – one being the manager – escort me to the ATM. After some polite bartering I paid the karaoke place 4,000 from the 17,000 they had asked, a bit over priced but I thought a payment I could do for me being silly enough to get myself into that situation.”

But he then says the tuk-tuk demanded 2,000 for his fee. A fee that had not even been discussed.

“The next thing his friend turned up and they said they would escort me to the police station.”

They took him into some land nearby the karaoke bars on Chang Klan Road (close to Chiang Mai Land) and beat him up.

Full story: http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=1771

-- City News 2013-05-08

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Tell them the cash is in your hotel room at any 5 star hotel. Once safely inside, the hotel will help. Happened to a thwarted jet ski scam attempt in Pattaya.

How and why hotel will help?

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Tell them the cash is in your hotel room at any 5 star hotel. Once safely inside, the hotel will help. Happened to a thwarted jet ski scam attempt in Pattaya.

How and why hotel will help?

I've done this many times. From Rio to Zanzibar to Vietnam, etc. Works very well. Especially if you are their guest or about to be. thumbsup.gif

They know the scams and will help their customers.

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Tell them the cash is in your hotel room at any 5 star hotel. Once safely inside, the hotel will help. Happened to a thwarted jet ski scam attempt in Pattaya.

How and why hotel will help?

The case he mentioned, I believe the men were actually guests at the hotel, whether they would get involved with non-guests is an unknown.

I thought those girlie bar scams were a banana republic thing....stick to the western oriented places or those you know. Where you have no fear of the police, you can get away with these things.

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If you not a hotel guest, why would management take any view? You see many people running over to help when people get belted?

Once upon a time, I worked in 5 stars (here and abroad). I personally believe in such a scenario, staff would indeed prevent someone from being assaulted in the hotel or even at its entrance, regardless of whether they were a guest (or without even attempting ascertain that). I base it on some experience somewhat analogous to this, but obviously I can't prove it would be the case in every or even most instances.

You wouldn't expect that of your staff?

In the hotel and outside are 2 very different scenarios, do not you think?

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Tell them the cash is in your hotel room at any 5 star hotel. Once safely inside, the hotel will help. Happened to a thwarted jet ski scam attempt in Pattaya.

How and why hotel will help?

If you are not a local, agreed this is a good idea. Could always pay for a room instead of paying the local mafia in a worst case scenario. Would work at any decent 3+ star hotel where foreigners stayed.

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tingtongfarang, on 08 May 2013 - 15:32, said:

worked for a friend of mine in a similar situation, he walked in the hotel and the security did,nt allow the thai guys in...friend also was,nt a guest so he walked through and out the door on the next soi.

I find it very hard to believe that security did not allow Thai guys to enter hotel.

I also do not know too many hotels with walk through and exists on both sides, kind of compromises the security just a little bit

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Tell them the cash is in your hotel room at any 5 star hotel. Once safely inside, the hotel will help. Happened to a thwarted jet ski scam attempt in Pattaya.

How and why hotel will help?

How would they help? I suspect the hotel management would take a dim view of a foreigner getting beaten up on their premises.

Its true. I had to use this strategy last year in Yangon. I was being blackmailed by a former Burmese business partner and he showed up with 10 mafia types and 4 policeman! And I was already in the lobby of a 5 star hotel, as I had a group of businessmen in a conference room upstairs and I was getting ready to give a presentation. I was not staying at the hotel and the staff did not know me. They simply swarmed around me when these thugs showed up. They politely isolated the cops and robbers and their security walked them to the front door. I went upstairs, no questions asked. No large hotel wants blood on its floors under any circumstances. In this case the hotel was safer than the police station!

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