Pattaya pub guards admit bashing customers
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Pattaya pub guards admit bashing customers

Dispute over friend's unpaid bill

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)

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

The three guards were identified by police as Ball, 27, Tom, 36, and Ice, 24. They were charged at Pattaya police station 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 38-year-old 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 seized the mobile phones of other customers to prevent them from recording the dispute, according to Ms Samorn, who said she 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 erupted. The cashier said she had feared being hurt if the guards had not shown up.

Police said neither of the tourists had so far filed a complaint. 

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