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    Beer Goggles and All That.

    I enjoyed a very late night at a local bar recently- OK I'll name names, it was the Terrace Bar- and left behind a bar tab, which I duly returned to pay a couple of days later with Mrs. I told Mrs the tab was around 180 bht, this was what I recalled anyway. Not the whole tab, just the bit I couldn't pay.

    Much to my surprise, it was 800 and something baht.

    The young lady who I had spent some time sitting with had a nice homely air about her, and a very comely presence, in the amber glow of the late evening. In the harsh light of the day however, it was clear she was pushing fifty- bless her. Actually, I got quite a shock- those beer goggles are for real. Had I really bought her two ladies drinks? And at 140 Bht a pop? I would never pay that much for a LD in a beer bar- well not when sober.

    Then the story emerged of how I impressed the girls with My pole dancing technique- although only a small bar, The Terrace has a pole. And then rang the Bell.

    All this came up because my wife wanted to know why 180 bht had become 850 or so. I recalled nothing of it, although I do recall showing off my pole technique once before at the bar.

    The not so young lady in question was also acting very coy, and not meeting my eyes. This made my wife suspicious. It also made me wonder- had I done something wrong? Was it just Khreng Jai before the wife? Or was she a bit coy because, in my inebriated state, they had taken the opportunity to pad the Bill? This has been rumoured to happen before at the Terrace, but seeing as the story is coming from a drunk you never really know. And of course, I will never know. I just paid the Bill.

    Wife was rather frosty after that. She was suspicious of the coyness of Ms. homely, and no doubt wondered what nefarious activities the extra money had financed. I wondered myself actually. Oh well.

    I think next time I do this sort of thing, I will return to pay the Bill alone. And not let on what the amount might, or might not, be. Better still, try not to get totally drunk.

    I am sure I am not alone in erring like this on a late night.
    Last edited by sabang; 09-12-2007 at 01:54 PM.
    probes Aliens

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    ^ either that, or just not return.

    indeed better yet, pay that 180 baht before you leave. leave yerself open to padding dont ya! or ask for an invoice/bill copy etc...

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    ^ Well, there was a bill. They might be right you know.

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    Well, Sabang, I reckon you got off a bit light.
    It was worth a lot more to cover this up.


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    When I get drunk I'm always suspicious of the barkeep padding my bin.

    But alas, I have no recourse. Just pay it and move on.

    I've devised several schemes to keep track of my beers.

    * 10 one-baht coins in the left pocket. Move them one-at-a-time to the other pocket as you drink each beer. At the end of the night count the coins in the right (or was it left?) pocket and presto: your total.

    * Upon ordering each fresh beer, ask the bartender what number you're on. By six or seven I can't remember what she said last time.

    It never works.

    Next time, I'm going to pay for each beer as I drink it. But that opens you up to being cheated 10 times instead of once.

    I look at it like a drunk tax. Just pay it and move on.

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    ^^ Tsk, Tsk Outing members Thet.

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    Take a pocket-full of cash, pay as you go. When the cash runs out, you go home.

    If you're smart, you'll be there a long time, if stupid, you'll go home early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Tsk, Tsk Outing members Thet
    When I took that picture you gave me permission to post.
    Don't you remember? You must have been drunker than I thought.
    You do remember the willy stretching contest though, don't you?
    You wouldn't let me post that one.

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    ^ How did you possibly get me to wear those 'underpants'?
    Did you agree to pay the Bar tab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    I will return to pay the Bill alone.
    Duh, No shit Sherlock. how'd you get this far with a becoming (partially at least) Duck food?
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    10 one-baht coins in the left pocket. Move them one-at-a-time to the other pocket as you drink each beer. At the end of the night count the coins in the right (or was it left?) pocket and presto: your total.
    I always figure when I lose count it's time to stop. Problem is, by the time I lose count, I also lose the will to give a shit.

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    ^^
    If I remember correctly you said something about being late and getting dressed in a hurry and putting on a pair of the wife's by mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    I look at it like a drunk tax. Just pay it and move on.
    good way of lookin at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    how'd you get this far with a becoming (partially at least) Duck food?
    for some stoopid reason i mentioned this thai habit to my indo g/f.........

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    Pay as you go and never tip unless it is deserved.

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    I've been screwed before on the hand over 1,000 baht to pay the bill and get back change for a 500 baht bill. When questioning the bill I got the no, no, you drunk.

    Now whenever I hand over a 1,000 I make a point of mentioning it.
    "Pun baht, na".

    "Ka".

    Sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    I will return to pay the Bill alone.
    Duh, No shit Sherlock. how'd you get this far with a becoming (partially at least) Duck food?
    I have a tolerant wife.

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    If you ever find yourself in a simular situation again just do what I do in front of the cashier sign the back of each of the bar bills staple them together agree the amount due write it on the back of the last one .

    That way they cant alter them later you know where you are .

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    ^ Good advice. Now to remember it...

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    ^^ Sound pretty good - except when the locals suddenly can't understand a thing you're saying & you become too drunk to care...

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