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Brit beaten in Thailand for refusing to pay £27 bar bill





  • David Lodge, 63, was punched and kicked in the crotch by female bar worker
  • He had refused to pay £27 for 'six or seven' drinks in Pattaya, Thailand
  • Worker Rungnapa Pleumjai said she was furious at Mr Lodge's refusal
  • She was charged with assault after footage of the attack emerged 

By Dave Burke For Mailonline

Published: 06:41 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 07:01 EST, 17 February 2017

A British holidaymaker was hit around the face with a shoe by an angry bar worker, before being punched and kicked in the crotch - for refusing to pay a £27 bar bill.

David Lodge, 63, stormed out of the bar, claiming he could buy beer for less at the local 7/11 store.

He and his wife were drinking with friends in Pattaya, Thailand, last night, when they received the bill for 'six or seven' drinks.

British tourist David Lodge was left with injuries to his face after the attack in Pattaya, Thailand British tourist David Lodge was left with injuries to his face after the attack in Pattaya, Thailand

British tourist David Lodge was left with injuries to his face after the attack in Pattaya, Thailand

The bar worker flew into a rage after Mr Lodge refused to pay the full bill last night The bar worker flew into a rage after Mr Lodge refused to pay the full bill last night

The bar worker flew into a rage after Mr Lodge refused to pay the full bill last night

Shocked Mr Lodge refused to pay 1,200THB - the equivalent of £27.50 - and instead coughed up half that amount.

Furious bar worker Rungnapa Pleumjai, 43, who had been serving the group, took off her shoe and hit him in the face, before chasing him into the street and hitting and kicking him.

Footage taken by Thira Phengrat shows the woman arguing in the street with the couple before chasing after the woman and pulling her dress. She then kicked David in his crotch.

Mr Lodge and his wife were attacked by furious bar worker Rungnapa Pleumjai Mr Lodge and his wife were attacked by furious bar worker Rungnapa Pleumjai

Mr Lodge and his wife were attacked by furious bar worker Rungnapa Pleumjai

Thira said: 'The girl was very, very angry. The British couple should have paid their bill but she should not have attacked them. It was not a big bill for about six or seven drinks at a bar. 

'They thought that it was a scam but if they buy a drink for a girl who works at a bar, they also have to pay for that.'

Rungnapa was later arrested after the British couple reported the assault at the Patsy Beer Bar to police.

Mr Lodge said: 'We were overcharged for the drinks. They were ripping us off. They're much cheaper at the local supermarket.

Mr Lodge complained to police, and the bar worker was charged with assault Mr Lodge complained to police, and the bar worker was charged with assault

Mr Lodge complained to police, and the bar worker was charged with assault

'I paid the price that the drinks should have been. Then she attacked us so I reported it to the police.'

Police interviewed the bar worker, and she told them that the prices were higher than the supermarket because it was a bar.

She said after the attack: 'Everybody knows you go to a bar and beer is more than the supermarket because there are bills to pay.

'The couple knew the prices. They were on the menu. We tell them the price and they get a bill after each drink.

'Why do they think they can run up a bill then leave without paying? Is it any surprise I am angry? How I can get my wages if customers don't pay?'

But officers at Pattaya Police Station sided with the British couple and the bar worker was charged with assault for 'damaging the image of tourism in Pattaya.

A spokesman said today: 'People should not attack tourists. If they have a problem it should be reported to the police first for us to investigate.'


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