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    Why Bother?

    I was down on Jontium beach (not the queer part) with my daughters, sitting with a German couple in close proximity.
    A vender guy came up and asked the German if he wanted a Stick on Tattoo done, the guy looked thru the designs and chose one.
    The vender spent 10 mins applying it and then asked for payment, I didn't hear how much he asked but the German pulled out a 500Bt note, the vender indicated 2 more. 1500 Bt for a stick non tattoo !

    I wandered over and asked the vendor " whay are you cheating the farang ?"
    He replied, not cheating, big tattoo.
    Bullshit, it cost you maybe 50 bt and 10 mins to apply it. 300 Bt is more than enough.
    He started to argue, so I pulled out my mobile, the vender said who are you ringing? I replied the tourist police.
    The vendor said OK then, what you think price? I said 300 bt, which the vendor accepted and went.

    What gets me is that I saved this Cvnt 1200 Bt and he didn't even have the grace to say Thanks, he just slunk off to his chair and sat there scowling at me, at least his fat wife had the sense to give me smile. Fvckem last time I will poke my large nose in something that doesn't concern me.

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    In situations like this I feel if the tourist is happy with the price let him pay it. You did not indicate if the german was upset with the 1500 B price, maybe he thought it was a steal.

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    You cost the guy selling tattoos money and made the German look like a twat. Well done.

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    I dunno why you did bother Peter.
    The tourist didn't appreciate the loss of face, and tattoo boy could've got pretty pissed off too, not good if he had a few of his mates around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom View Post
    In situations like this I feel if the tourist is happy with the price let him pay it. You did not indicate if the german was upset with the 1500 B price, maybe he thought it was a steal.
    He was pissed off with the price, but the vendor didn't speak English, so a bit hard for him to argue the point.

    You cost the guy selling tattoos money and made the German look like a twat. Well done
    In retrospect your right, but I still think taking the piss from tourists is shooting fish in a barrel.

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    When you see those labourers working their buts off in the hot sun for 8 hours a day to earn 200 baht, it puts the price of a 10 minute tattoo into perspective.

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    I used to rip off tourists in England - it's a noble and ancient tradition. Besides, if the German was stupid enough not to check the price before, he can hardly complain about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    made the German look like a twat.
    or even more of a twat.

    I say good on yer Peter, but next time be selective about the nationality your'e helping, most would probably be more appreciative..not really a loss of face when you know absoulutely fuck all about a place or the bahtering system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    not good if he had a few of his mates around.
    True, if his friends had been around Pete you would have made him 'lose his face' in the same way that only Thai men and children under ten 'lose their face' because they don't have the decency, intellect or maturity to admit when their wrong, let alone any scrupels.

    Thais like this I would personally like to make lose their face - with a fishing knife.

    Anyway Pete, why bother - you should be putting your feet up and enjoying a hassle free life. Look after you and yours that's what I say - unless somebody is requesting help, i.e. a twenty one yr old Japanese girl with enormous breasts who's stuck up a tree with no clothes on.

    I've sent you a green anyway, hope we don't end up seeing you in some uniform on Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand talking to the camera about how you resolved an altercation in Walking Street between a Thai bar owner and a drunken chav from Lewisham.

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    Never mind, PP, it shows your worth as a kind spirit and good for your kids, too. If it happens again, I bet you'd do the same thing.

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    I dunno who is worse, the bone head trying to rort the yellowman or the bonehead sticking his nose into other peoples affairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    True, if his friends had been around you would have made him 'lose his face' in the same way that only Thai men and children under ten 'lose their face' because they don't have the decency, intellect or maturity to admit when their wrong, let alone any scrupels.
    That's right. Thais are the only people in the world who behave like cocks. You certainly won't find any English people having fights over absolutely fuck all, will you.

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    ^ Indeed, football is very fucking important

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    ^ Not to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    That's right. Thais are the only people in the world who behave like cocks. You certainly won't find any English people having fights over absolutely fuck all, will you.
    Well in Britain and other cuntries you will always find some, but it is not a trait that affects virtually the entire race no matter what their background or income... That's the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    I dunno who is worse, the bone head trying to rort the yellowman or the bonehead sticking his nose into other peoples affairs.
    Bonehead? Nah, Peter is only a normal Aussie with a bit of Tourist Police Volunteer ambitions slipping through.

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    While we are on the subject of beach vendors, does anyone know what they are charging for manicure or massage on the beach there these days?

    Haven't been there for 5 years and it used to be 100 baht back then.

    Cold beer in a shady beach chair. BBQ prawns and some fresh fruit. A manicure and a massage. Then a little kip before heading home. A lovely relaxing day for under $30. What a life!

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    ^^ I should red you for that Partic the aussie part, I'm a Kiwi although lived in Oz longer than NZ.
    Police volunteer, I look like dork now, would do even more so if I had one of those Nazi uniforms on.

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    Well PP that was a nice nice thing to do. I'd have a bought you a beer!
    I charge 2.00 for a glitter tattoo 2.50 for a spray on one, takes 5 mins. Would love to be able to charge more but no one will pay more in Devon.

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    Mate, I still think you did the right thjing, most ppl would appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    but it is not a trait that affects virtually the entire race no matter what their background or income
    Fuck me Scamp, I'm glad I don't live in the same Thailand as you.....

    Generally I find my experiences so different to you in terms of the people I work around and trade with. I know wthe types to avoid and have no need to deal with them anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    You cost the guy selling tattoos money and made the German look like a twat. Well done.
    And I say the satisfaction of pissing off two people at the same time was totally worth the effort
    Besides, where's the joy of knowing things if you can't brag your knowledge over those who don't know ?

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    fok that OP i woulda rorted the kraut carnt if given the chance too. I think you are racist. would you come to the rescue if you saw this scenario between 2 Thais, or a Thai and a curry muncher even?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda View Post
    When you see those labourers working their buts off in the hot sun for 8 hours a day to earn 200 baht, it puts the price of a 10 minute tattoo into perspective.
    I don't get how asking 1,500 baht for a 10 minutes job fits into the 200 baht/day figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Mate, I still think you did the right thjing, most ppl would appreciate it.
    At a minimum, 50% of the people involved are going to be pissed off so that's probably not true.
    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot
    Besides, where's the joy of knowing things if you can't brag your knowledge over those who don't know ?
    There is that, yes.

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    One of the more easy rules to follow in Thailand, 'Never fuck with another mans rice bowl'.

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