Understand me, I love Thailand and i think Thailand is one of the best place in the world to retire, doing business, to start a new life or simply vacation. This being said I think that Pattaya has the doubtfull honor to be the asshole of the world (excuse my french but i call a cat a cat) as witnessed the latest story of those two Macau students that fall victims of the Jet Sky scam.
In substance the two students “rented two Jet Ski’s for 45 minutes. They returned them to the operator and claimed not to have caused any damage or been involved in any accident. Despite this the operator demanded they handover 100,000 Baht to cover damage caused by them. The two students were unable to pay and at Pattaya Police Station negotiated a settlement of 15,000 Baht which was then reduced to 7,000 Baht which left the students with only 1,000 Baht left to buy food until they were due to return to Macau. The money was handed over and the students returned to their Hotel to find two of the operators waiting outside. The two students were then assaulted in the street by them. At this point the two returned to Pattaya Police Station to report the assault. Police will follow-up the complaint and locate and arrest those responsible for the assault.”
This scam has been going on for years despites weekly complains from tourist. And this is only the point of the Iceberg. Personally Pattaya is the last place on earth i would like to be. So be smart go live in Thailand but avoid Pattaya at all costs. And dont get me started on the 3 people that got shot at today
Originally posted 2012-04-19 17:04:36.