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Foreigner Beaten By Tuk-Tuk Drivers After Not Paying Extortionate Fee At Karaoke Bar


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If you are out after midnight in Thailand expect to be scammed. Though I have to say that in 15 years of traveling and living here I have never had this type of problem. Most of the tuk tuk's and motocy's I've taken have been quite friendly. Maybe I got lucky and picked the non-mafia ones LOL. Doubtful considering my points of origin at 3am. Just keep in the back of your mind at all times that the possibility exists for extortion and/or violence and always have a plan B.

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I had the <deleted> beat out of me by a drunk tuk tuk driver the first year here in CM. Scams happen and you pay them off and learn. Don't have the money????? Then maybe you get beat up. If you can not remember anything else -- remember the number on the tuk tuk. They all have one.

Second thing -- Don't go to Thai Karoke bars. Massive rip offs and primarily for Thais. If you do go, go with a group of Thai family members or real Thai friends that you trust. If fact, don't go to Karoke bars, expensive 'massage' establishments, or any other questionable night-life spots with a tuk tuk driver. These guys are on the payroll and will expect compensation by you sport.

And considering the 'Run to a safe 5 star hotel' idea. Temporary fix and probably not a bad one, especially if you have remembered that tuk tuk number. The cops will get involved. But even if the guy gets caught, don't think it's over! It's not! My dear pasty white Farang fellow traveler, you might not be able to recognize them on sight, but I guarantee they will recognize you, and that they will eventually find you. And when they do my friend, it ain't gonna be a simple beating you get -- if you get my drift. My best friend's brother got his eye taken out by some not-so-nice people that tend to be involved in a lot of these scams. Got a good international hospital insurance policy?

Are you hurt bad my friend? I truly hope not. You learned a lesson. Wipe the blood off and consider yourself a wiser person. And never let things that should stay a minor incident escalate into something that can become life-threatening.

Enjoy the remainder of your stay.

Oh, and Queensberry Rules -- Ha Ha Ha ;)

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Criminals you have everywhere in the world, and you should be carefull where to go. Even In ChiangMai or Dusseldorf. But that tuk-tuk drivers have to be feared, I did not knew. I know they like to overcharge tourist for 100 or 200 baht a drive (it's almost a tourist attraction), but robbery with excesive force. Even in Europe you can count on 8 years of jail.

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Always a bad idea to go to these bars. especially by tuk tuks who are on the bars pay roll

My motto is NEVER ride in a tuk tuk if you are a farang. PERIOD.

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So we have a long time expat who suddenly gets a bill of 17.000 THB and he has no clue why the bill is so high? Very unlikely were the girls a bit too young perhaps? Did the driver wait for many hours? The story is weird. How many long time expats would bring themselves in such a situation? 1 in 100?

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A long term expat got into a tuk tuk and let him take him to a bar he didnt know? That's a pretty nube thing to do. Never follow a tout or a tuktuk driver ANYWHERE !

I didn't catch that at first. Long-term doesn't mean being here longer than the first visa run on your 6 month tourist visa. I'd have to question this guy's perception of 'long term'.

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“It was all captured on a CCTV camera and I have got the option to press charges,” he says, “but retribution does not thrill me. I just want to warn others.”

I wouldn't worry about retribution, but spending several days in a police station pressing charges, knowing all the time that at best the attackers will get a 500 baht fine, would deter me too.

Since the tuk tuk mafia is running that town, and other towns, the only thing to do is stay away from them at all times. Just like one would stay away from any organised crime gang. And no, it is not just a few bad apples, virtually every tuk tuk driver in the country is a scumbag!

“It was all captured on a CCTV camera and I have got the option to press charges,” he says, “but retribution does not thrill me. I just want to warn others.”

I wouldn't worry about retribution, but spending several days in a police station pressing charges, knowing all the time that at best the attackers will get a 500 baht fine, would deter me too.

Since the tuk tuk mafia is running that town, and other towns, the only thing to do is stay away from them at all times. Just like one would stay away from any organised crime gang. And no, it is not just a few bad apples, virtually every tuk tuk driver in the country is a scumbag!

"virtually every tuk tuk driver in the country is a scumbag!" That's a load of BS.

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And then when a victim goes to complain the Thai Police ask local jurnos to take images of you passport and publish them all over the internet.

Disgusting pricks.

Ya, you noticed that the name and address of the Karaoke Bar wasn't published.

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I know of three fellas this scam has been used on here in Chiang mai. One guy called a couple of Tut-tut drivers we know to bail him out and the other two paid a reduced amount. In the end do not go to these places stay away from them. Believe it are not not all tut-tut drivers are bad guys.

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