Farangs With Big Mouths
When your in a foreign country you have to have a little self constraint you need to take a few punches. It's never wise to get into an altercation with anyone least of all with those who serve and protect as well as people with lowly jobs like mechanics, Tuk Tuk drivers, and general laborers. It's a rule of thumb to keep your cool and solve things as amicably as possible.
For many poor Farangs they have either never heard me say that or they are the kind of guys with big mouths. You know the kind of guy get's all heated after a few drinks or gets supper pissed off when he feels he's getting jilted in a deal involving money. The guy that likes to yell really loud for the most stupid reasons. These are the kind of guys that end up in the emergency ward of a Thai hospital.
By now you've probably read the story by Andrew Drummond about the poor guy Paul Ayling who got whacked by a club coming back to his house. As horrific as it sounds I kind of feel as though there is more to the story, as much as I respect Andrew as a journalist he does like to find these most interesting cases and yet I'm always wondering about the other side to the story. And there is because they never found the guys that did it to him.
Watch the video about Paul Ayling in Hua Hin
What i'm really interested in hearing is words were exchanged between Paul Ayling and the contractor company. I mean guys don't come hunting you down for no reason, there is always a reason. Unlike the west where you can get struck down for just driving down the wrong street Thai people need more motivation and it's usually after they have had the Big Mouth spat at them.
Yes I feel sorry for Mr Paul Ayling but I can't help wonder if it's what he said to the Hua Hin company who he refused to pay is more of the reason than the money that he owed. I've only lived in Thailand coming on to 3 years now and I've seen Farang beet to a half inch of their life by Tuk Tuk drivers because they were mouthing off, I've seen guys cut on Loi Kroh because they called the wrong bar girl a whore and I even witnessed a guy being pummelled by a crowd of Kratoys right after saying a loud FU!
It's not just Farang that I've seen beaten either, Thais are always getting into fights. You come down to my local 7 eleven between 2am and 5am and you'll see a brawl every night black eyes fists flying and people getting cut, I live in mild Chiang Mai for Christs sake what about the rest of Thailand?
A year or so ago I had this Thai guy working for me, on the busiest day of the year he goes out to work for 4 hours then comes back and says he can't work anymore. I ask him why he says because he has to go away for a week and leaves tonight. I say that's a shame because pay day comes tomorrow but you won't be here. Oh OK I come tomorrow morning he says. hmmmm So next day he comes in I give his pay check and tell him he no longer works here it's not working out. Next day I wake up and he cuts the cables on my bikes which end up costing me 4000 baht to repair!
I got away with a few thousand baht but poor Paul Ayling it seems got far worse. I don't know what was said or how it was but I doubt very much it's some cover up as Andrew portrays. Fact is Thai people feel the wrath of a Thai scorned way more than Farang do and I doubt there is any racist motivation. If there was you'd find a lot more beatings of Burmese than you would Farang. It might not be reported the same way because Thai people are scared about their image which they are right to protect. Especially when some big mouth Farang get's himself hurt because he started bad mouthing the wrong guy.
If I got stiffed for 400 pounds I'd want to go smack the guy myself and it would take some sense for me not to go do that. It was only 400 pounds, what you couldn't figure something else out instead of not paying the guy. When you work with Thai's you need to dot every I and cross every T because if you don't tell them exactly what to do they'll think it up themselves and be hopelessly wrong. Thai contractors are not scientists they're just hard working guys who cut as many corners as they can to make more money, I don't see any difference between them and contractors back home. Maybe Paul was just too anal about things that it escalated to this.
It's just plain strange or naive when Andrew writes that Paul deferred his debt to his lawyer. I mean honestly we are talking about 20,000 baht, is that not an amount that can be worked through? I can understand feeling frustrated with the Thai contractors I've been there before but once you start receiving threatening emails it's something you need to just confront head on and make sure the situation is resolved immediately. This is not your country and laws are easily bent here.
The moral of this story is if you have a big mouth and can't control yourself and can't resolve things then don't come to Thailand because Thailand will eat you up and spit you out. Make sure any quarrels are resolved or the surprise revenge attack will sneak up on you and POW you're laying in a hospital bed in Hua Hin.
I'm sure Paul won't be the last victim of the now world famous "Thai Revenge", how about you? Ever had a Thai person seek revenge on you?