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'Not one of us threw a punch': Aussie tourist speaks out over brutal attack by Thai bouncers


Jonathan Fairfield

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These Australians were pretty smart to depart Thailand asap. They were told the cops were looking ('hunting' the media said) for them to be interviewed.

Probably not much in it but they made the right decision for sure. They've got more brains than most 50-60 year old farang bar punters.

Australians are more savvy because theyre taught about SEAsia .

Its unlikely those Thai doorman thugs have police connections but the NAHK LENGs (street toughs/gangsters) definitely are tied in with the cops.

Street gangsters who are only 30 years old go into police stations to have lunch with senior police in the back room.

Ive seen this happen in central Bangkok. It'll be the same all over Thailand. Every cop station will have its NAHK LENG crew.

You dont wont to upset a 'connected 'nahk leng because he can kill you with impunity.

Cops go outside their juristiction in Bangkok to back up the nahk leng crew. Probably the same everywhere.

If the Thai thugs were sacked and they do actually have police connections then, ok, they will be back on the job in a week or two.

NAHK LENG <deleted> and Australia is still here son..... Anytime :)

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These Australians were pretty smart to depart Thailand asap. They were told the cops were looking ('hunting' the media said) for them to be interviewed.

Probably not much in it but they made the right decision for sure. They've got more brains than most 50-60 year old farang bar punters.

Australians are more savvy because theyre taught about SEAsia .

Its unlikely those Thai doorman thugs have police connections but the NAHK LENGs (street toughs/gangsters) definitely are tied in with the cops.

Street gangsters who are only 30 years old go into police stations to have lunch with senior police in the back room.

Ive seen this happen in central Bangkok. It'll be the same all over Thailand. Every cop station will have its NAHK LENG crew.

You dont wont to upset a 'connected 'nahk leng because he can kill you with impunity.

Cops go outside their juristiction in Bangkok to back up the nahk leng crew. Probably the same everywhere.

If the Thai thugs were sacked and they do actually have police connections then, ok, they will be back on the job in a week or two.

NAHK LENG <deleted> and Australia is still here son..... Anytime smile.png

Ypou been viewing to many Thai TV shows and they are all cowards and only tuff in packs untrained spastics

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...I doubt that this reaches any Thai media...

...if it does...hold on to your hats for 'What happened, why and how...'...

...invite us here...but hate us....take all our money...and kill us at the slightest excuse....

The bottom line is that they just don't like us.

The flip side of the coin however lies in understanding the way Thailand is marketed and to whom it is marketed.

Mildura is a tough town and always has been. The Australian country boy with his gladiatorial attitude of beer and football punch ups is sold on the idea that if he goes to Thailand (where everything will cost him nothing) then there will be a million houris all just waiting for him to arrive. In his mind he is superior in every way to the little people of Asia.

This is a case of the wrong attitude running into the wrong people at the wrong place.

Both are just as bad as each other.

They would not have bunged on the same thing in an Australian night club because the bouncers would have kicked the attitude out of them just as badly and with just as much impunity.

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Something must have been done or said prior to the event

In Thailand not necessarily KC.

You don't have to do a lot to get kicked around from the jet ski scammers......or even dispute anything with a Tuk Tuk driver.

You see....this is the mob mentality all too prevalent in the tourist areas of Thailand.

I stress the tourist areas as this doesn't happen, from my experience, in the "real" Thailand.

The common denominator, when it comes to 99% of the scamming and violence related crimes, is the term "tourist area".

Ten years ago when I first came to Thailand I went to Nana a few times, stayed at the Dynasty, drank in the Golden Bar etc etc, but never had any trouble, although I heard lots of tales about Ladyboys scamming tourists, bouncers fighting customers and the Cops turning up to restore the peace.

Nearly every crime related story you read about in Thailand that involves farangs includes the words Phuket, Pataya, or Samui, three of the biggest tourist magnets in the country.

Unfortunately people judge Thailand on these tourist areas which is just plain stupid. You could live a long and happy life in Thailand without ever going to one of those trouble spots.

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The bouncers were thugs and too heavy handed, but if anyone has been to clubs in the West, fights and customers getting thrown out are almost a nightly occurrence at popular bars/clubs, especially on weekends. Most of the time its the customers getting too drunk or causing the fights themselves over girls.

Not saying the thugs here shouldn't be punished, they should be in jail!

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I believe that in Australia fighting is entertainment, they drink and fight all the time. Thailand is a polite society that frowns on fighting, if you get in a fight it is to the death. Thailand isn't a forgive and forget society, if it is important enough to fight then you better kill. Nobody in Thailand wants to live their life looking over their shoulder. If you fight then make sure the guy can not come after you later. These bouncers live a different fight code than most western societies. The aussies were lucky, next time the bouncers will know they're going to be fired so might as well draw a lot of blood.

The problem with the video is it doesn't start from the get go, it is only the ending, no beginning. The bouncers didn't just go wild and they should not be expected to know or follow some western version of bouncer etiquette. Yes, these guys will get other jobs and perform them against falang knowing they will lose another job. I'd remember it is falang that took the food out of my rice bowl before.

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...I doubt that this reaches any Thai media...

...if it does...hold on to your hats for 'What happened, why and how...'...

...invite us here...but hate us....take all our money...and kill us at the slightest excuse....

The bottom line is that they just don't like us.

The flip side of the coin however lies in understanding the way Thailand is marketed and to whom it is marketed.

Mildura is a tough town and always has been. The Australian country boy with his gladiatorial attitude of beer and football punch ups is sold on the idea that if he goes to Thailand (where everything will cost him nothing) then there will be a million houris all just waiting for him to arrive. In his mind he is superior in every way to the little people of Asia.

This is a case of the wrong attitude running into the wrong people at the wrong place.

Both are just as bad as each other.

They would not have bunged on the same thing in an Australian night club because the bouncers would have kicked the attitude out of them just as badly and with just as much impunity.

..................."The bottom line is that they just don't like us."......................

Speak for yourself. This anal line gets trotted out every now and again, usually by racists who try vainly to justify their own racist attitude by saying they just don't like us.

Your theory regarding the tourists who were beat up is daft. Were you there ? Do you know those guys personally ?

......................"In his mind he is superior in every way to the little people of Asia."..........................

In your mind, maybe !

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It's a very up-market place and removing clothing is not allowed. Apparently they had been harassing most of the girls/staff during the evening and had been asked to behave. I'm sure they didn't take kindly to being asked to leave and it escalated due to too much alcohol.

What makes you think they were asked to leave?

They didnt escalate anything. You can see they never threw a punch. They were out of the club and thats where the responsibility of the bouncers end. But no, the bouncers escalated it by beating and kicking them.

True cowards.

I know because I spoke to someone who works there and was harassed by them.

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It's a very up-market place and removing clothing is not allowed. Apparently they had been harassing most of the girls/staff during the evening and had been asked to behave. I'm sure they didn't take kindly to being asked to leave and it escalated due to too much alcohol.

What makes you think they were asked to leave?

They didnt escalate anything. You can see they never threw a punch. They were out of the club and thats where the responsibility of the bouncers end. But no, the bouncers escalated it by beating and kicking them.

True cowards.

I know because I spoke to someone who works there and was harassed by them.

As always, there are two sides to the story, although I will add I do not condone anybody kicking somebody else in the head when they are down.

But then again, rules very rarely apply here in Thailand and you only have to look at the corruption at the very top, right down to the BIB, extortion, Thai mafia and a set of rules made up as people go along, because when all said and done, this is a Third World country without a good rule of law.

Surely this should be borne in mind when people come to this country for a holiday. And the reason I bring this up is because just a couple of evenings prior to this, two of the Aussies in this group were thrown out of another pub for harassing customers and threatening security and when they were asked to leave, one of them took his shirt off and suggested he would take anyone on in the bar – – the bring it on attitude.

If you go looking for, or causing trouble, in a Third World country then don't be surprised at the type of beating that is dished out.

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