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PHUKET (PATONG): Scores of publicans running beer bars at the Sukhumvit Road night entertainment complex on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd were locked out of their businesses on Thursday afternoon for refusing to sign new rental agreements with Moodies Entertainment, which has reclaimed the right to operate the complex.

Kathu Police Inspector Sophon Borrirak told the Gazette that he received a report from Moodies on Thursday, saying the action was taken because many publicans operating beer bars in the two-story complex were in breach of contract.

According to Lt Col Sophon, Moodies representatives told police that they had rented out the complex to a third party who subdivided it into beer bars and established rental contracts with their proprietors.

According to Moodies, the third party stopped paying the agreed rental fee, so Moodies wanted the tenants to sign new rental agreements directly with the firm.

However, the tenants – many of them with financial support from foreigners – refused to do so. They already had legally binding contracts with the third party, they claimed.

Moodies said they are preparing to take legal against the third party, Sophon said.

According to one source, Moodies employed “thugs” to come in and board up the front of the complex with corrugated panels early Thursday afternoon.

There was fighting among Moodies’ people and the tenants when they were denied entry and access to their belongings, the source said.

The Gazette has been unable to contact Chris Koppers, General Manager of Moodies, who opened Soi Moodies about ten years ago with a Horror House at the back.

Soi Moodies was later redeveloped as a beer bar complex with the Night Station disco at its rear under a sub-lease agreement by businessman Wattana Meetam of Sukhumvit Road Entertainment Co Ltd. Night Station closed down over a year ago.

Before moving to Phuket, Mr Meetam ran the Sukhumvit Square Night Entertainment Area on Soi 10 of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Rd. That complex was bulldozed in a pre-dawn raid carried out by paramilitary thugs on January 24, 2003, causing many investors – including many foreigners – to run into financial ruin.

The Gazette has also been unable to contact Mr Meetam, who remains well-regarded by the bar owners.

The bar owners are confused about their legal rights and lament the fact that they are being blocked from their pubs at a time when business had just started to pick up again after the closure of the two airports in Bangkok.

Several have contacted the Phuket Gazette to complain about lack of fairness.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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