My life which like that of other Expats in Thailand either retired out here early or working online typically sleep when the sun comes up. Being awake during the night however you see a lot of crazy stuff happen even in “mild” Chiang Mai. I’ve been living on and off on the same street for a few years now and in that time I’ve seen a few police raids. Armed Bandits holding up an illegal casino. I’ve seen naked college girl cat fights between Toms and Dees on balconys obviously high on drugs. I’ve seen car accidents, motorbike accident’s fist fights, and a drunken brawl. I’ve seen drug dealers and prostitutes, pimps and transvestites, bikies and basic hoodlems and today I thought I witnessed a rape.
It was about 3am and I went to 7 eleven to get some coffee but when I get back I hear this girl screaming for her life, i’m like WTF the security guard across the road is slowly making his way out to see what’s going on, I didn’t race either because it’s 3am and there’s always someone screaming at that time.
As I get to the road there are legs hanging out of a car this girl screaming, the screaming turns quickly into muffled noises as if she’s being strangled or a hand placed over her mouth to shut her up. I’m super alarmed at this point so my instinct takes over and I race to the door, open it and this chick is butt nakid and a young Thai guy on top of her while she’s still screaming. I tell the girl to get out and the guy is like No! No! even though she’s trying to get out he’s stopping her. Funny thing is there’s like this blanket in there covering her so i don’t realise she’s got no clothes on…anyway so he’s not letting her out so i drag the guy out of the car while he tries to get back in, i catch a glimps of her and she has blood all over her mouth and he has scratches on his neck.
I don’t know what they were fighting about but I’ve seen them around before they were definately boyfriend/girlfriend. This girl is really shaken but they are both drunk so shit is probably just amplified however she’s bleeding and in shock and this guy keeps grabbing at her and making her more upset so I push him right out of the way, i felt like knocking him but i’m trying to keep my cool so shit doesn’t escalate more.
Now there’s a security guard and one of the guys friends are there and they are saying things like “your Thai person too you understand, she’s a troublemaker”. So I guess I’m not Thai and I don’t understand why a guy will make his girl bleed from the mouth, I don’t wanna be Thai if that shit is OK. I’m trying to calm this guy down, some kid maybe 20 y/o that what his done is wrong and that she should now go home. But the security guy keeps interupting me saying that “they are bf/gf” like that has anything to do with it. Sure perhaps you arn’t raping her I don’t know why your fighting but fuck dude she’s bleeding and balling her eyes out and clearly she wants to go home without this dude.
All three of these Thai guys didn’t think anything was a problem, meanwhile this girl is still in shock, crying her eyes out keeps clutching at me because she’s so scared then the kicker, the security guard says it’s going to be OK because the kids father is a policeman. Oh OK. That makes it all better now.
This guy wouldn’t give up the keys and the other dudes were not interested in helping out the girl in any way. Things had calmed down and I sat the girl down until she was better and the guy went away. I didn’t ask her about what happened cause really I don’t care as long as she was OK. I asked a few people about this last night about what they would have done in this situation. Most all said they would have done the same thing, some guys reckoned I should have kicked the shit out of the guy, but then a few said I shouldn’t have got involved that I should have walked back home and locked the doors, what do you think about that?
Me i’m super pissed at a comment like that not because it shows they have no compassion but because it’s gutless. I didn’t know it was a domestic it could have actually been a rape hell it could have been a gang rape I could have got stabbed, beaten or even killed. Sure that’s true, but what if it were you in that situation or perhaps to happen to a relative of yours and you did absolutely nothing, how would you feel then? Can I assume if they witnessed someone raping me or kicking the shit out of me then they’d do nothing as well?
There are situations you should not get involved in at all and I know I’ve walked out of plenty of them, but you should know your environment as well, getting involved in an altercation around Loi Kroh road road as apposed to one next to Chiang Mai University it’s completely different. So no i’m not exactly saying to go out and be a vigilante or get in the middle of a gunfight just saying that there are times when you should stand up and say “Fuck That!”.
In this case this girl is a fool for even being around this clown but that doesn’t make it right what he did. Have you seen any Thai soaps before? This is basically the storyline of every single one……
Girl meets guy. Guy cheats on girl. Girl goes and bitch slaps the other girl. The other girl didn’t know and goes back to the guy who turns around and bitch slaps her. He’s now angry so he goes bitch slaps the other girl too.
Maybe this is what those Thai guys were talking about. “You understand, you’re Thai people too.”.