Serial Dine-and-Dash Customer Flees Pattaya Restaurant, Leaving 800-Baht-Bill Unpaid

Pattaya —

A dine-and-dash customer left a restaurant in Pattaya without paying his bill, which amounted to over 800 baht. The suspect is believed to be the same person who claimed to know a prominent politician and left another restaurant without paying back in June 2023.

This same individual struck another restaurant named “Khrua Yai Rabeab” located on Sukhumvit Road inbound to Pattaya on Monday, August 28th. The restaurant owner, Ms. Naiyana Sawatkij, 28, disclosed to The Pattaya News that a Thai man aged around 30-40 years old arrived at her restaurant on a motorbike in the late afternoon and ordered a lot of food along with several beers.

Ms. Naiyana stated that she was surprised at the man’s large order as he was eating alone. However, the customer sat there consuming his meal for hours until three beer bottles were empty. Afterward, the man began acting abnormally. He appeared to be talking on the phone with a friend, frequently looking around and inquiring about the restaurant’s location, claiming his friend was planning to visit. In addition, he exhibited suspicious behaviors, sometimes standing up to make phone calls or smoke cigarettes.

At one point, the man asked Ms. Naiyana to briefly leave the restaurant to pick up his friend. To gain her trust, he left his personal belongings including his phone, a pack of cigarettes, and a lighter at the table. However, after 15 minutes passed, the man had not come back, so Ms. Naiyana walked to his table and was shocked to find that the phone was only an empty phone case and the cigarette pack was also empty.

Realizing that she had been deceived, she took her plight on social media to warn other restaurant owners of this dine-and-dash customer. Ms. Naiyana stated that the bill was 820 baht and that it was a big lesson for her.

The Pattaya News notes that this customer is likely the same person who left a restaurant without paying back in June 2023. The man claimed to work for a local politician in Pattaya and left the bill of over 1,000 baht unpaid.

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.