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Brutal Phuket Bouncers Told Not to Beat, Kick Club Customers Again

Friday, October 9, 2015
PHUKET: The Australian men who were kicked and elbowed by Phuket security guards this week had caused trouble everywhere they went on a drunken rampage in Patong, according to sources who spoke to Phuketwan today.

''They are not likely to come forward because their behavior was seriously bad,'' Phuketwan was told.

''But the beating by the security guards went well beyond what's permitted in terms of retribution.''

The video of the brutal beating of the Australians was viewed more than 280,000 times before it was pulled down from Facebook.

But by then it had already been widely copied and was being viewed on news sites around the world, especially in Australia.

At least one venue had to deal with the men behaving badly earlier in the night but managed to evict them without violence.

According to people in Soi Bangla, Patong's popular tourist walking street, the White Room, where the drunken Aussies ended up on Tuesday night, has recently improved its reputation under new ownership.

''We get these low-grade Aussies occasionally,'' a source told Phuketwan. ''There is no doubt they were looking for trouble.

''But whatever they did inside did not justify the kicking they received while lying on their backs.''

It's not the first time a group of young Australian men have become drunk and behaved badly. What's important, one venue proprietor said, is that the lessons are learned.

''Violence is never the appropriate reaction,'' the source told Phuketwan. ''All of Patong suffers when incidents like this are recorded and posted on social networks.''

Police have investigated but are not expected to take the matter further unless the Australians come forward, which seems unlikely.

They had picked fights, harassed women and tried to avoid paying the bill inside the White Room.

The bouncers were reprimanded and told not to behave like that again.

VIDEO Guards Evict Aussie Tourists

WARNING: This video contains brutal violence
The original Facebook posting has been removed but a version can be found here:
http://goo.gl/lXjb8u

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"The video of the brutal beating of the Australians was viewed more than 280,000 times before it was pulled down from Facebook."

Could someone perhaps lucidly explain to me why the video was taken down from Facebook?

Posted by Sam Wilko on October 9, 2015 19:33

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Yes indeed, two sides to every story. Most Thai people are extremely nice and I've seen more than a few drunken Aussie bogans looking for a beating on Bangla. As I tell anybody who will listen- "Don't start a fight in a country where kickboxing is their national sport"

Posted by Arun Muruga on October 9, 2015 20:10

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So that's all right, then.

Posted by sid on October 9, 2015 20:20

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'' All of Patong suffers when incidents like this are recorded and posted on social networks ''

Stupid me.

Here I was, thinking the problem was kicking defenseless people lying on the ground in the head.

That pretty much says it all. As long as these things can happen without being made public, there's nothing to worry. Who cares if a few low-quality Aussie skulls crack in the process. They asked for it, surely you can see that on the video.

No wonder the original FB poster was openly threatened to remove the video, which he did.

A reprimand and told not to kick people in the head (at least not before making sure someone is not videoing it) sure sounds like a mighty befitting punishment.

Though I'm sure they can find people from as far as Chiang Mai to stand witness to the "low-quality Aussies looking for trouble " I doubt the rest of the world is quite so forgiving.

Or gullible.

Big mistake, Phuket. Big mistake.

Posted by Herbert on October 9, 2015 21:01

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there is always another side to every story, but where is the CCTV from inside to prove there side its there at least the cameras are. If they were innocent they would offer it up in defence, this Bangla mentality is totally wrong (in more ways than one) when that disabled guy got beat up and Police never did anything was bad

PS different Michael from the one you accused of being racist will get a gravatar set up, you know it ed as you have e-mail adress

Posted by Michael on October 9, 2015 21:34

Editor Comment:

This kind of violence is not acceptable, no matter what the guys who were the targets did on the other side of the doorway.

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To be fair most if not all legal system need the victim to come forward which in this case does not (cough) appear to have happened. So no legal penalties can be applied.

Posted by Hhhhmmm on October 9, 2015 22:58

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'Low grade Aussies'- sounds a bit racist to me!

Posted by Mister ree on October 9, 2015 23:11

Editor Comment:

We don't censor news reports, Mister Ree. Perhaps you don't yet understand the difference between publication of a quote from someone in the context of an article and anonymous readers' comments? Remember too, Phuket authorities are keen to attract 'quality' tourists.

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Sam Wilko

ask the Aussie's bar staffer, who has placed it their. Probably, in order not to continue to damage reputation of the country, Patong beach and Thanon BangLa area..

Posted by Sue on October 10, 2015 00:25

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Arun did you see the video ?? these men were in no way able to defend themselves they were kicked and punched on the floor by a pack of hounds and now there taking the blame as always.Is assault different on phuket ?? or accepted.

Posted by william on October 10, 2015 00:29

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@Ed

Hmmmm anonymous quote or anonymous comment - I don't really see the difference either !

Posted by Discover Thainess on October 10, 2015 05:18

Editor Comment:

The quote is from an interview by a journalist. It has relevance as part of finding out what happened. The person who gave the quote has a real word identity, but doesn't want to be identified for obvious reasons. Comments made by anonymous readers have virtually no value, unless they identify themselves and put their comments in a real word context. You have no real world context, DT, therefore your comments have no value.

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sam wilko

The video poster has probably been ordered or threatened to take it off by. Well take your pick.

Posted by rich on October 10, 2015 09:41

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Is there a difference between a security guard and a bouncer on Phuket?

Posted by Kurt on October 10, 2015 10:08

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" You have no real world context, DT, therefore your comments have no value." WTF? Thank god this silly blog is closing soon.

Posted by Matt on October 10, 2015 12:19

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The biggest relief will be at this end, Matt, with an end to needing to deal with the mindless, meaningless rubbish produced by ''low-quality commenters.''

Most of the rest are fine. Their big advantage over you is that they can think.

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Kurt,
yes, their title is spelled different.

Posted by MoW on October 10, 2015 15:17

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Regardless of what people think about how people behave in bars, clubs, or whatever. The security guards behaved in a very bad, animalistic behaviour and should be charged for their criminal actions.
The evidence is there - filmed by a witness.

Posted by Lenny Jones on October 10, 2015 16:59

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Posted by NSW on October 10, 2015 17:54

Editor Comment:

NSW, the options for you are to like what we do or don't bother reading the site. We operate to a code of ethics. That includes giving people who can shed light on important topics the option to stay silent if they wish. That includes the option to not put bylines on articles, if that seems wise. As you know only too well, the commenters can not only remain anonymous but also change their online identities any time they like Should you at some stage choose to use anything approximation a real name, you might get a look-in. Until you pull the great block of wood from your own eyes, we'll keep ours free of impediments.

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Posted by Loder on October 10, 2015 22:32

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We have enough dimwits commenting already, Loder. Goodbye.

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You have proven again and again that i am right.Your attitude stinks Ed.You could have got sponsors and had a sellable asset if only you had stopped acting like a bogan in your comments.Your ego has caused so much trouble for you, and tho you wont admit it, you know its true...Oh well, another loser off to live in a Thai village with his boyfriend.Enjoy it you silly old fool. Som nam naa

Posted by Loder on October 11, 2015 09:14

Editor Comment:

I don't have an ego, Loder, But I do have a commitment to reporting the truth. Self-deception and doomsaying seems to be the preference of you and a handful of others. Fortunately, the vast majority of readers can sort out the pathetic outcasts from legitimate commenters.

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Posted by sid on October 11, 2015 11:01

Editor Comment:

Unless you have something that adds value, sid, your comments are a waste of time and won't be published. Your fixation on me is, fortunately, your problem.


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