Monday, February 15, 2016
Pattaya Tourist Allegedly Assaulted by Baht Bus Driver...
From Pattaya One News is the story of a 21-year-old Uzbekistan tourist that reported being assaulted and allegedly robbed of money and his passport close to the entrance of Walking Street in South Pattaya.
The tourist had spent the night with a friend on Walking Street and was preparing to catch a Baht Bus back to his Hotel in Jomtien. He spoke with one Baht Bus Driver, stationed opposite the Bamboo Bar, and attempted to come to a deal over the price of the journey. Due to communication difficulties the negotiations halted and the tourist decided to approach another driver. This reportedly angered the first driver who ran after the tourist and assaulted him with the help of 8 other Thai men. During the assault tourist allegedly lost his passport and wallet which contained a reported 1,000 US Dollars.
Later on Saturday 3 men, one of which claimed to have witnessed the assault, handed in the wallet and passport to Pattaya Police Station but the wallet only contained 2,000 Baht and 116 US Dollars. The tourist was called back to the station and claimed that one of the three men was involved in the assault on him.
Surprisingly and despite this allegation by the tourist Police decided not to investigate the claim any further as it was decided that the fact the man returned the wallet and passport was enough to excuse the man from being investigated, despite being identified by the victim.
Commentary: I just don’t buy that the guy was walking around Walking Street late at night with $1,000 dollars in his wallet. Even if he was spending time in the Russian clubs he wouldn’t need to carry that much cash. I also suspect there is more to this story then him just walking away from the Baht bus unable to reach a deal. Perhaps a few angry words on his part pissed off the locals? Hmmmmm…