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PHUKET: An American tourist and a tuk-tuk driver were fined 2,000 baht each after they quarreled and landed blows on each other outside a hotel in Patong yesterday.

A video of the incident, recorded by a passerby, was shared on social media. The video showed the tourist and driver arguing and fighting in front of Poppa Hotel at Patong Beach.

The tourist, Nicholas Martin De Haan, 28, was visiting Phuket with his girlfriend, Emma Frances.

Police were able to apprehend the driver, Burin Sukhontaros, 26, on Prabaramee Road the same day.

“We brought Mr De Haan and Mr Burin to talk at the police station. Mr Haan admitted that he was at fault for not paying the fare that he had initially negotiated with the driver,” said Ekkarat Plaiduang, a traffic policeman in Patong.

“Mr Burin informed us that while he was parked at Rat-U-Thit 200 Phi Rd, Mr Haan and his girlfriend asked to be driven to their hotel in Soi Jintana. The agreed upon fare was 200 baht. However, when they arrived at their destination, Mr De Haan only gave the driver 40 baht. He admitted to being drunk at the time, and the two of them then got into a fight,” said Mr Ekkarat.

Ms Frances was not injured during the altercation.

Both men were charged with 'quarreling in a public place'.
— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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In the usa, he might think that's clever, but on Phuket it can get you kicked to near death by a pack of tuk-tuk drivers. Being a smart alec and demonstrating your word is worthless and can be a suicidal move here. My advice would be to consider that the national sport here is kick boxing before one gets a painful lesson in manners.

Posted by slickmelb July 18, 2017 07:58:49PM

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In the usa, he might think that's clever, but on Phuket it can get you kicked to near death by a pack of tuk-tuk drivers. Being a smart alec and demonstrating your word is worthless and can be a suicidal move here. My advice would be to consider that the national sport here is kick boxing before one gets a painful lesson in manners.

Posted by slickmelb

Tourists just don't know, and have no way to know, how very primitive it can be out there in street-level Thailand. The slightest insult, if completely unwitting, can get you smashed to a pulp - or, as we so often see, killed.

Posted by Phil Devons July 19, 2017 09:06:31AM

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That's not the culture of Thailand; that's the male drink culture and it's global.

Posted by Adam Poppel July 19, 2017 11:14:40PM

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In the usa, he might think that's clever, but on Phuket it can get you kicked to near death by a pack of tuk-tuk drivers. Being a smart alec and demonstrating your word is worthless and can be a suicidal move here. My advice would be to consider that the national sport here is kick boxing before one gets a painful lesson in manners.

Posted by slickmelb

Tourists just don't know, and have no way to know, how very primitive it can be out there in street-level Thailand. The slightest insult, if completely unwitting, can get you smashed to a pulp - or, as we so often see, killed.

Posted by Phil Devons

Perhaps with just a little research before one jumps on an airplane for Thailand, one would get an idea about safety there. Read your gov't warnings sites; read a daily planet travel book; Google Thailand. There are easy ways to know with a little effort of the basics of Thailand at the least.

Posted by slickmelb July 20, 2017 11:12:23AM

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In the usa, he might think that's clever, but on Phuket it can get you kicked to near death by a pack of tuk-tuk drivers. Being a smart alec and demonstrating your word is worthless and can be a suicidal move here. My advice would be to consider that the national sport here is kick boxing before one gets a painful lesson in manners.

Posted by slickmelb

Tourists just don't know, and have no way to know, how very primitive it can be out there in street-level Thailand. The slightest insult, if completely unwitting, can get you smashed to a pulp - or, as we so often see, killed.

Posted by Phil Devons

Perhaps with just a little research before one jumps on an airplane for Thailand, one would get an idea about safety there. Read your gov't warnings sites; read a daily planet travel book; Google Thailand. There are easy ways to know with a little effort of the basics of Thailand at the least.

Posted by slickmelb July 20, 2017 11:12:23AM

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That's not the culture of Thailand; that's the male drink culture and it's global.

Posted by Adam Poppel July 19, 2017 11:14:40PM

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In the usa, he might think that's clever, but on Phuket it can get you kicked to near death by a pack of tuk-tuk drivers. Being a smart alec and demonstrating your word is worthless and can be a suicidal move here. My advice would be to consider that the national sport here is kick boxing before one gets a painful lesson in manners.

Posted by slickmelb

Tourists just don't know, and have no way to know, how very primitive it can be out there in street-level Thailand. The slightest insult, if completely unwitting, can get you smashed to a pulp - or, as we so often see, killed.

Posted by Phil Devons July 19, 2017 09:06:31AM

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In the usa, he might think that's clever, but on Phuket it can get you kicked to near death by a pack of tuk-tuk drivers. Being a smart alec and demonstrating your word is worthless and can be a suicidal move here. My advice would be to consider that the national sport here is kick boxing before one gets a painful lesson in manners.

Posted by slickmelb July 18, 2017 07:58:49PM

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