Drunk Japanese man runs amok, climbs roof, and demands his embassy after allegedly refusing to pay over 5000 baht drink bill in Pattaya

Pattaya —

An allegedly drunk Japanese man ran amok and climbed a roof after being allegedly unable to pay for his drinks at a Pattaya restaurant, asking to talk with the Japanese embassy.

The incident took place at 11:30 P.M. during light evening rain yesterday, September 6th on Soi Pattaya 10. Sawang Boriboon rescue services were notified of a Japanese man who became enraged and climbed onto the roof of an abandoned building after fleeing a restaurant reportedly refusing to pay for his drinks. He gave no reason to staff, rescue workers, or law enforcement for why he refused to pay and was chased by restaurant staff to the roof until police and rescue staff were called.

The rescue team arrived at the two-storey building at 11.36 P.M. The Japanese man was sitting on the roof of the second floor, looking intoxicated and confused and only asking to speak with the Japanese embassy.

After one hour of negotiation, however, the man agreed to get down to receive treatment for his minor leg scrapes caused by climbing a spiked metal fence seen in the photo above. His name was revealed as Mr. Hiromichi Yahagi. He was a customer of a local Pattaya restaurant and had been drinking there for four days, the restaurant’s owner said.

The name of the venue and the identity of the owner were withheld by Pattaya law enforcement.

Last night, the Japanese customer drank so much that his bill amounted to over 5,840 baht, according to the owner. He then tried to flee first by claiming that he could not breathe and needed an ambulance but failed before dashing and climbing onto a roof.

Tourist police took the man to a safe location to calm him down and allow detoxing. They said they would inquire with him when he was sober to hear his side of the story and inquire on payment of the outstanding bill.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.