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Dutchman Beaten Unconscious At Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar

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Dutchman The Latest Victim Of The Chiang Mai Karaoke Scam

A 38 year old Dutchman was knocked unconscious following a dispute over a 30,000 baht bill in a Chiang Mai karaoke bar on Christmas Day.

“Rob” visited the unnamed karaoke bar with a few friends for a Christmas night out but when it came time to check bin things turned sour when he disputed the 30k bill for “some food and a few beers”. The bill was negotiated down to 10,000 baht but he still refused to accept this knowing he was being scammed.

He asked for the police to be called to settle the matter but staff and security had other ideas and the Dutchman says he was kicked and punched by around ten people leaving him unconscious on the street.

Police eventually arrived and took him to the station to file a complaint and say they are investigating the alleged assault.

The Dutchman is just the latest in a long list of foreigners who end up on the wrong side of a mob beating over inflated bills at karaoke bars in Chiang Mai. It’s like the Patpong ping pong show scam on a bigger scale as the bills tend to be 30k plus.

Rip off karaoke bars typically pad bills with extra hourly fees for girls who didn’t join the guests at a cost of around 250b per hour. Then comes additional lady drinks at 200 baht a pop for those in the group and those not that the guest has not agreed to. Throw in charges for mixers, ice, food, gifts and the customer ends up with a final bill that is easily double or treble what it should be.

Many will settle the bill to avoid a confrontation or police involvement when the karaoke girls step aside and let the male “security” do the negotiating which is intimidation and threats.

Just like the Patpong scam, the karaoke con continues despite numerous police reports and media coverage.

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Sept 4 & 7 Approved As Songkran Substitute Holidays

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Songkran Substitute Holidays

Today the cabinet approved September 4 and 7 as substitute Songkran holidays giving us yet another four-day holiday next month.

Friday, Sept 4 and Monday, Sept 7 have now been rubber-stamped as the final two days for the cancelled Thai New Year public holidays.

With the country being shut down for so long due to the Covid-19 situation, many question the government going ahead with yet another 2 days off after months of closures.

And no, there will be no water wars taking place on the streets.



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Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

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Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

A fire gutted 81 houses in a community in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district on Wednesday night leaving hundreds homeless.

Three people were injured and 81 home damaged, but no fatalities were reported.

Flames spread over the community at Soi Taksin 23 at around 8.30pm with firefighters taking over two hours to bring the blaze under control.

Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

An initial investigation found a total of 81 houses were affected with 72 were badly burned while the rest were partly damaged.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.



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Businesswoman Rams Cops And Cars In Late Night Drunken Fender Bender

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Drunk Businesswoman

A businesswoman who tried to run over pedestrians, damaged several vehicles and took police for mugs while driving her Mercedes under the influence was arrested and charged on Tuesday night.

37-year-old Wishuda Vittayasinthana unsuccessfully attempted to ram pedestrians with her car near the Khae Rai Intersection in Nonthaburi province before heading south into the capital after attempts to stop her by police and locals failed.

Drunk Businesswoman

Attempts by members of the public who gave chase failed until she crashed into another car causing substantial damage to both vehicles and four motorbikes close to Tao Poon MRT station.

Bang Sue police were notified of the incident but by the time they arrived at the scene, the driver had already fled to Or Tor Kor Market in Chatuchak district.

When officers finally caught up with Wishuda she was sent to the hospital as she’d suffered minor injuries when she crashed her car.

Wishuda’s father told police she was stressed due to her business being embezzled out of millions of baht and had been drinking heavily before driving off.





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