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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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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

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The operators of the BTS Skytrain system announced the opening of four new stations on the Sukhumvit Line northern extension will go ahead as planned this Friday following a series of successful test runs.

The four new stations opening are Royal Forest Department (N14), Bang Bua (N15), 11th Infantry Regiment (N16) and Wat Phra Si Mahathat (N17).

All trips between the Royal Forest Department and Wat Phra Si Mahathat will be free until the end of the year.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the new stations would link educational institutions, government offices, and suburban communities while relieving traffic on normally congested roads along the route of the new extension.

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

Two Chinese nationals were arrested and 1,000 cannabis plants seized after Bangkok Metropolitan police raided a warehouse in the On Nut area following a tip-off from the owner of the premises.

The two men, here on student visas, were selling dried organic marijuana to clients for 250,000 baht per kilo, however, their landlord became suspicious at high power bills running into six-figures every month in a property with a monthly rental price of only 40,000 baht.

On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

He called the police and asked them to look into the matter and surveillance was put in place to gather evidence.

Wu Ding Bin, 41, said to be the ringleader in the online business, caught on he was being watched and cut the power to the warehouse letting all the plants die.

Police had gathered enough evidence against him and raided the warehouse while another team picked him up at a condo on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

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