Songkran assault and battery viewed as good clean fun

This criminal act of Songkran assault and battery was inflicted by a Russian upon my friend at 2:00 a.m. last night while my friend was coming home on his motorbike from Walking Street. Tom was driving  his motorbike past the Lisa Beer Bar on 2nd Road 1/4th of a mile South of the Dolphin Circle when the Russian dirt bag threw water in his face and body. My friend lost control of his motorbike, resulting in personal injury and damages to the motorbike when the bike went down.

Songkran assault
This Songkran assault on 3 passengers on a motor bike would result in some harsh criminal penalties in most Western countries if an injury were the result. But it’s condoned here in Thailand

The Russian hooligan who committed this Criminal act of Songkran assault and battery didn’t even apologize for his crime.  And denied  he was the culprit who had caused the accident. As the accident occurred near the Lisa Bar there were a lot of witnesses around. But no one wanted to help.  And the bar girls all denied seeing any wrong doing.  Commenting:

“So what. It’s Songkran.”

This was a criminal act that is officially sanctioned by the police and the powers that be. Even worse, Songkran is not even supposed to start in Pattaya until April 13th. It is also illegal for people to throw or squirt water on people after 6 p.m.

To experience a little Songkran assault video and how I avoided it check out my you tube video

My friends accident reminds me of a Songkran I participated in several years ago.

But only on the very last day. My attitude back then was, “well okay. I’ll avoid the first few days of it and then I’ll just wear my swim trunks on the final day and enjoy the festivities.”

Around 8 p.m.  our small group left the bar we had been hanging out  while drinking beer and getting soaking wet.   This was on the final day of Songkran.  So, Songkran was officially over since 6 p.m.  But as we walked towards a restaurant on 2nd Road, I encountered two  Indian men brandishing large squirt guns. Clearly Songkran was not over for them. So I looked one of them sternly in the eye and told him, “Don’t even try it. Songkran is over.”

But we all know how it is. Some people are just unteachable. One of the Indians squirted me.  So I lit out after him. Then out of the bar several of the intellectually challenged female inmates converged on me  squirting me with their squirt guns. The bar girls were very angry with me for having the audacity for stopping all the fun. But as I keep saying, some people are simply unteachable. I vowed right then and there to travel outside of Pattaya the following year.

I have read that this Songkran holiday has already claimed 103 deaths in the first 2 days.   But I think the death toll is higher than this.  The water throwing might have claimed my friend.   And the people in the nearby bar would have never admitted to seeing anything. What had been a Mai Pen Rai justified Songkran assault and battery would have then been  manslaughter under the American judicial system. But here it’s just good clean Songkran fun.

You might also enjoy reading 183 deaths in first 3 days of Songkran Water Inanity

and Thailand Songkran Water Festival 

You might also want to read this Wikipedia explanation and History of the Thailand Songkran water festivity

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