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"I was just helping the cops out" says motorcycle taxi guy who kicked tourist in the face

 

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The motorcycle taxi rider who kicked the German tourist in the face has told Thai media that he was helping out the cops.

 

He saw that the tourist was attempting to flee the scene - so he kicked him in the head.

 

He regrets it now but he was provoked.

 

According to Daily News Pattaya police fined Sunthorn Saengkham 500 baht for assault and fined the German 400 baht after they locked up his rented bike.

 

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But today (Friday) the department of Land Transport are set to get involved in the drama - they may decide to take the licence of the motorcycle taxi driver away if they feel he has been dealt with leniently.

 

Daily News quoted policewoman Pol Lt Chanikan Pheuanphinit as saying that the German tourist, Andreas Bauer, 40, was stopped at a checkpoint and found to have only a German licence.

 

So the bike was locked. She said he then hauled it away with Daily News claiming that he took it 100 meters up Beach Road.

 

Sunthorn, a member of the rank that operates outside Pattaya police station where the traffic stop occurred said:

 

"The tourist would not listen to the officers and was not happy. He tried to break the lock and flee. He looked like he was going to fight with the police.

 

"So I decided to help them. When he swore at me and gave me the finger I snapped.

 

"I couldn't tolerate that kind of bad behavior so I kicked and punched him. I regret it now"

 

Daily News said he was fined 500 baht for assault. The cops said they fined the tourist 400 baht because they had to lock up his bike.

 

INN reported differently.

 

They said that the motorcycle taxi driver was fined 1000 baht. They said that the bike was confiscated and would be handed back to the rental company when they came to collect it.

 

They quoted a police spokesman as saying that the national police chief had told the public and his men to be nice to tourists and keep their temper at all times.

 

Especially in tourist areas like Pattaya.

 

This kind of behavior was just not acceptable and the police should be left to do their job.

 

Expect further developments today when the DLT get involved in the drama.

 

Thaivisa notes that the confiscation of bikes ridden by tourists without the correct paperwork was announced by police last week. 

 

Source: Daily News, INN

 
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20 minutes ago, lanista said:

That  Thai motor cycle punk is nothing.   IQ of 60 at best

& that's why they resort to violence 

The old saying " no brain all brawn " 

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typical little pos kick the guy in the face when he wasnt looking.and it was none of his fkin business anyway. yes take his licence away, (i bet he will still be riding as a moto taxi anyway), where is this place in Pattaya. i see the cops had a big set up yesterday by Big C, stopping many bikes.

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.." They said that the bike was confiscated and would be handed back to the rental company when they came to collect it." ...According to report I read on TV the other day, the rental company will be charged 2000 baht for privalige of collecting the bike from the Police to. So rental company lose 2000 baht OR they take 2000 baht from the customer as deposit in  case of this happening, due to not carrying  whilst using the bike :- A Valid (motorcycle) German DL + IDP + Original passport

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Theres going to be so much more of this type of thing.

Problems reduced if rental company demand (and take copies) of DL+ IDP + Passport when renting AND take 2000 baht deposit in case of recovery from Police required AND get customer to sign a letter stating that he understands he 'MUST carry all 3 documents at all times . Failure to do so could mean forfeiting the 2000 baht , as well as other police penalties direct to the customer.'

Not saying I agree with it but thats what needs to be done.

 

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2 hours ago, Thian said:

What was Herman the German doing with that scooter anyway? Why did he have to drag it while it was locked?

He thought he was in the right to do so, i think, but the moto-taxi guy was thinking different.

Honestly, given the choice of paying the fine, or get a kick in the face and pay the fine, the former is quite convenient.

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