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Video of foreigner’s road rage in Pathum Thani gets mixed reaction from Thais

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A video of a foreigner lashing out after a motorbike accident, yelling and hitting a Thai motorbike driver for pulling out in front of him and causing him to crash, has gotten a mixed reaction from Thais (you MUST watch it… below). The incident also caught media attention and Thairath made a post on Facebook pairing the clip from the foreigner’s helmet camera with dramatic music and editing.

The foreigner was driving on Route 3309 in Pathum Thani’s Muang district, north of Bangkok. He was filming a video on his helmet camera while he talked about the motorbike when another motorbike driver suddenly pulled out from an intersection, causing him to crash.

The foreigner fell off his motorbike and confronted the driver, yelling “Hey, what the f**k is wrong with you?!” He slapped the man’s helmet.

Some people say the Thai motorbike rider was driving irresponsibly and the incident could have been much worse if it involved a car. Some say the foreigner should’ve controlled his anger. Others say that’s just how traffic is in Thailand…get used to it.

To watch the dramatised video edited by Thairath, click HERE.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:23 am

    The Thai driver deserves much more than a slap on his helmet. He is clearly in the wrong here and his irresponsible hehaiviour could have caused much more harm and damage, only imagine there woyuld have beem a child with the foreigner on his bike.

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      Kevin Martyn

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:36 am

      The bottom line is 100% of Thai vehicle driver’s have not had proper training and most in rural regions have no insurance. Really is Thailand the land of smiles or of nightmares for foreign vehicle owners

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    Matteus

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:29 am

    In case you’d forgotten – there are two types of people in the World: Thai and foreign.

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      Ben

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      Correct, and Thai logic states that if you as a foreigner were not in Thailand there would be no accident. Thus this was all the foreigners fault.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:04 pm

        Well, I don’t know about your “logic”, but if he hadn’t been driving an e-bike that was home-made, unregistered, and 100% illegal on the road, OR if he’d been paying attention instead of making his vlog, there WOULD have been no “accident” and he wouldn’t have fallen off.

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          Mike Frenchie

          Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:52 pm

          This is everybody’s logic… the Thai was just driving on the wrong side of the road! What else do you want?

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            Issan John

            Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:34 pm

            … and the farang shouldn’t have been on the road at all!

            Don’t judge “everybody” by your own non-existent logic.

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          James R

          Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

          Issan John

          I agree with you on this one.

          What the Thai driver did is standard here and so the farang should have been expecting such moves as I do when I drive my car in Thailand.

          It seems the farang did not have much balance as a Thai rider in his place would have just made a slight right adjustment to his path but he seemed to fall off due to a badly balanced bike.

          If he wants a farang level driving standard he has to leave Thailand, or not ride a bike.

          He is probably one of those ever-angry farangs we all come across in Thailand now and then, not happy with his lot.

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        Geoff

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm

        Not just in Thailand. The same logic applies in the Middle East, India etc. No matter how long farangs drive here, some never seem to be alert to those Thai drivers coming from side roads. That farang was lucky he wasn’t set upon. Chill out mate!

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    Fabian

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I encounter situations where a Thai suddenly jumps in front of me on the road with either a motorbike or car every day. It makes me angry and curse sometimes. Still, the reaction of the guy was a bit too much. And on the other side, the “cool” farang seemed to be preoccupied talking to his go GoPro, not paying full attention to the traffic. You have to pay full attention to traffic always of course but especially in Thailand.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      Exactly, Fabian.

      Two wrongs don’t make a right.

      The Thai m/c driver was clearly driving badly, but he actually pulled out very slowly, giving the farang plenty of time to drive round him – which he easily could have done if he’d been looking at the traffic instead of making his vlog about the home-made ‘e-bike’ he was riding which it was completely illegal for him to be driving on the road.

      Add in …

      … that the farang’s brakes on his home-made bike either didn’t work, locked up, or he didn’t use them;
      … that he fell off rather than hit anything;
      … that the Thai had said “sorry”;
      … and that when the taxi driver who stopped to try to calm things down suggested calling the police, the farang picked up the remains of his home-made wreck and left as quickly as he could …

      … and it’s pretty clear to anyone who takes the time to look at the video carefully that BOTH were to blame, but if the police had been called whether in Thailand OR in the West they would have both been held responsible for the accident, the farang would have been the one facing charges.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Don’t sweat it, foreign guy. That Thai fellow will be dead within a few years anyway. What is wrong with him? Beats me. He drives just like his mother taught him.

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    Denis

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    When i passed my driving licence in Thaîland, all the candidates came to exam, driving their own cars : This is Thaïland 😉

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    Pereceville Smithers

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    This guy does not want to drive in a GCC country!

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    Issan John

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    … and Thaiger, there wasn’t actually a “crash”.

    The farang was going at walking speed on his home-made illegal wreck and he lost control and fell off, probably after he’d locked up the front brake when he woke up and noticed the Thai who was stopped on the road in front of him trying to avoid an accident.

    That doesn’t make Thai driving habits any better, or excuse them in any way, but this farang was a complete a-hole.

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    ray

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Both are idiots and likely their stupid driving habits will kill them someday. This could have been a chance for 2 Darwin awards, but no, someday they take some innocent people lives with them.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      Precisely – a pair of idiots, neither of whom should be on the road, but sadly some (all too many) can only see a Thai and a farang and judge on that basis and nothing else.

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    PHIL

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    ALL FOREIGNER ARE BAD OF COURSE.

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    Fred Johnson

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    there was probably nothing against what would happen if there were changed roles, cost money, as you can see the taxi monkey gets involved, even other vehicles prepared for an attack on the farang. Just like it is in Thailand.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:34 am

      Sadly, your comment is “just like it is in Thailand” because of far too many racist, bigoted, unpleasant farangs who are an embarrassment to the rest of us.

      The taxi driver you call a “taxi monkey” stopped to try to calm the situation down, nothing more, and suggested to both that if they wanted to he could call the police.

      For that he was shouted at by the farang who clearly didn’t want the police involved.

      There’s no sign that anyone was “prepared for an attack” on anyone. Utter rubbish. The farang behaved like an a-hole, and sadly that’s not unusual here.

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        Alte Ledertasche

        Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

        Thai apologist. Do you share the same belt like Richard Barrow ?

        Fred is 100% correct in his statement.

        The problem is with most Thais that they are uneducated silly idiots who getting always pissed of when they are in the wrong and being told so by a foreigner as they think they are superior.

        Especially the taxi monkeys are very fanous for this.

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    Mike

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    This is a nothing story and not news.

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    Chris

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Sorry but this was totally avoidable. Every person Ive encountered on those stupid fkn e-bikes drives like a moron. As a farang myself, if I saw this soy boy smack someone in the head due to his own stupidity I would enjoy knocking him out cold.

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    Wayno

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    If you are not expecting bikes,cars and trucks to pull out on you or suddenly change lanes without indication every time you ride or drive in Thailand, you are not aware of your surroundings.
    Myself, i have my eyes on stalks and expect the unexpected, even a 30 second ride to a 7/11 is full of danger here.
    I can understand the guys frustration but in my opinion he chose to shout and brake in a straight line instead of avoiding the other rider, maybe playing to the camera, maybe he just wanted to shout at yet another bad driver,who knows.
    After watching how clear his view of the junction was and how early the bike came into view, i can not understand why he did not just steer a couple of feet to the right along with a bit of gentle braking

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      Maestro

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Great comments @Wayno and you are right. Situational awareness is key at any time – anywhere.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:39 am

      Spot on. He had plenty of warning and could have easily avoided any trouble, but instead he lost control of his home-made e-bike that shouldn’t have been on the road and fell off at walking speed.

      Absolute idiot.

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    Fabian

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    “After watching how clear his view of the junction was and how early the bike came into view, i can not understand why he did not just steer a couple of feet to the right along with a bit of gentle braking”.

    Exactly. That’s what I do. If you see something could happen slow down and keep your distance from other traffic. The farang speaks quite well Thai, so he probably had a lot of experience on the roads in Thailand already. He should know better.

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    Keith

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Thai motorcyclists see it as normal to pull out from a side road without looking and get upset if you blow the horn at them, I asked the question if it was legal to do this after watching the compulsory movie at the driving test center, the instructor said most definitely no, which was greeted buy a lot of laughter fro the foreigners in the room

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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