Pattaya pub guards admit bashing customers

Security guards and visitors brawl at the Helicopter pub in Pattaya's Soi 6 on Sunday. (Screenshot from video on Nui Voice AnyWay Facebook page)
Security guards and visitors brawl at the Helicopter pub in Pattaya's Soi 6 on Sunday. (Screenshot from video on Nui Voice AnyWay Facebook page)

Police arrested three security guards for assaulting two foreign customers in a violent dispute over payment of a friend's bill at a Pattaya bar on Sunday evening.

The three guards were identified by police as Ball, 27, Tom, 36, and Ice, 24. They were charged after allegedly seriously injuring two foreign customers at the Helicopter pub on Soi 6 about 5pm.

Police said the three men confessed to the crime. Mr Ball said a foreign customer shoved and punched him first. His nose was broken and he needed six stitches, he said. He apologised, saying he and his colleagues had lost control and overreacted.

The brawl was recorded by onlookers using mobile phones. Videos showed a security guard was attacked first. The three guards fought back violently, repeatedly bashing the visitors and leaving one of them unconscious.

Samorn, a cashier at the bar, said the tourists arrived in a group of three. Two of them paid their bills but the other had kept moving from table to table and had left without paying his bill.

The two visitors were annoyed when the cashier told them to pay their missing friend's bill. Initially they refused to pay and Ms Samorn called in the security guards who patrol the street.

The two visitors paid the outstanding bill, 2,800 baht. One of them then shoved a security guard out of the way, and a brawl started.

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  • annoyed: feeling slightly angry or impatient - รู้สึกรำคาญใจ
  • bash: to hit somebody/something very hard, usually causing damage; to criticise severely - ทุบให้พัง, ตีอย่างแรง, วิพากษ์วิจารณ์อย่างแรง
  • brawl: a rough, noisy, uncontrolled fight - การทะเลาะกัน, การวิวาท
  • cashier: a person whose job is to receive and pay out money in a bank, shop/store, hotel, etc. - พนักงานรับจ่ายเงิน
  • charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
  • confess (verb): to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • dispute: a serious disagreement - ข้อโต้แย้ง
  • injure: to hurt or cause to suffer from physical harm - บาดเจ็บ,
  • onlookers: people who watch something that is happening in a public place but are not involved in it - ผู้ดูเหตุการณ์
  • overreact: to react in an extreme way, especially in a frightened or angry way - มีปฏิกิริยารุนแรงเกินไป
  • patrol: to move regularly around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime or to watch for an enemy - ลาดตระเวน
  • shove: to push with force - ผลัก ดัน
  • stitch: a short piece of thread, etc. that doctors use to sew the edges of a wound together - รอยเย็บ
  • unconscious : in a sleeplike condition, usually from an illness or injury - หมดสติ
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