South African Man Injured After He Allegedly Refused to Pay Bill on Pattaya Walking Street

Pattaya –

A South African man has sustained head injuries after he allegedly refused to pay a bill at a gogo bar, getting into a chaotic dispute with security guards on Pattaya’s Walking Street.

The Pattaya City Police were notified of the incident at 1:30 A.M. on Wednesday (May 10th). Police, emergency responders, and the Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find MR. JOHN PAUL VILJOEN, 40, a South African national. He had sustained head injuries and was bleeding.

A group of security guards at the XS a Go Go nearby told Pattaya Police that Mr. VILJOEN had refused to pay for his drinks and had an outstanding bill of 9,470 baht.

Mr. Viljoen became increasingly angry over his bill, crumpling it up and throwing it at one of the guards and trying to force his way out of the gogo, with security attempting to stop him and the two parties getting into a scuffle, said the guards.

Security guards at the gogo stated they tried to deescalate the situation before Mr. VILJOEN, who was suspected to be intoxicated , fell and hit his head while trying to flee his bill and the gogo.

Mr. VILJOEN and the security guards were taken to the Pattaya City Police Station to negotiate and review CCTV footage of the incident. Mr. Viljoen finally agreed to pay the outstanding bill while in custody at the police station and was later released.

However, Pattaya police are continuing their investigation and may further review the incident later today. They encourage security guards and venue management to immediately call police if a customer doesn’t want to pay a bill versus attempt to resolve the situation themselves.



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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.