Pattaya Municipality officers reported on their social media channel an incident that took place on January 18th, 2024, in which two unidentified foreign tourists were arrested for violating the property of umbrella and beach bed operators.
According to witnesses, the two men, one who was shirtless and described as aggressive and uncooperative, had reportedly tried to sit down on beach chairs and immediately been informed by the owners of the beach bed area that the chairs were a paid service and that the men needed to pay to use them.
The men refused and began an intense verbal argument with the umbrella chair operators, leading to police and municipality officers being called to the scene near Royal Garden Mall.
Unfortunately, the men were still uncooperative and argumentative with police and still refused to pay to use the beach chairs. One of the men also allegedly attempted to leave the scene without resolving the conflict, going to the Royal Garden Mall nearby. As a result, the men were arrested and taken to Pattaya Police station to face further legal charges.
The Pattaya News notes the chair price is generally between 50-100 Baht depending on the type of chair used. The names, ages, and nationalities of the men arrested were not released by relevant police.