Friday, 20 February 2009

American teacher gets arrested in Thailand


When we were all working for E+ the language agency in Bangkok for a while we seemed like one big happy family. Yes, there were a few loonies and oddballs, however they were largely avoided and ignored by the rest and soon moved on or were forced to move on.

One guy that had a lot to say and was known for consorting with the ladies was Keith. Now Keith isn't his real name, and it's not that I'm trying to protect his identity or anything. The truth is I bloody well can't remember his name for the life of me, must be getting old as the Thais like to say!

Well Keith hailed from the us and was an ok kind of a guy when you got to know him, he kinda kept himself to himself and worked alone. Well nothing wrong with that at least you can avoid the flakes.

Well that fateful day came around when Keith had a job to do at a language center the other side of Bangkok. He'd finished school and got a cab to head for his two hour night time gig at an e+ language center somewhere in the suburbs. That's how it was when you worked for e+, their language centers were so hellishly far away!

Keith jumped into the cab and told the driver his destination. The driver turned around and looked at him, with an oho..... rot tit exclamation. The traffics bad! Well it always is in Bangkok what's new?

So off they went and the traffic really was bad, in fact they'd got caught in so many jams that our teacher was going to be late, and that he couldn't have.

So the were just blocks away from the center when the traffic ground to a complete standstill for the umpteenth time! Keith only had 5 minutes in which to get his fat ass to the center and start the lesson. He could forget about putting his feet up now, and reading that girlie mag he had hidden in his bag. No, he had to get straight in there and teach.

The traffic wasn't moving, he had 5 minutes before his class started, what should he do? Then like a bolt out of the blue it hit him! Inspiration, yes that's inspiration not perspiration! Well theres a lot of it about in Bangkok the latter I mean.

So without a thought he threw 200 baht a the driver and opened the door ready to do a three block sprint to the language center. As soon as he flung the door open, there was an almighty thud and a huge noise. Keith was able to catch a glimpse of a Thai guy in mid flight, kinda gliding in slow motion over the top of the door which he'd just opened. It was like it was all happening in slow motion.

However the landing was far from graceful as the Thai guy ended up in a heap on the floor rolling around and holding his leg for extra affect!

Keith goes over to him to see if he's ok. The guy mumbles something in Thai that he can't understand. Then the taxi driver jumps out of his cab and starts pointing to his rather warped and scratched door. Now Keith understood what he was saying he wanted some kind of compensation.

Now what happens? Could it get any worse? Oh yes, a crowd is starting to form around the taxi and our guy Keith seriously thinks about doing a runner. However when he tries to edge out, the crowd push him back. Now to cap it all the guy rolling around on the floor is wanting 2,000 baht and the taxi driver is asking for about the same.

Heres Keith's big problem, he's skint only got enough for the bus ride home and a bowl of noodles! You see when he left his home he only intended to go out work, get some noodles and get a mini van home. He'd certainly not planned on all of this!

What happens next? Well you guessed it, the police show up and our friend Keith is taken down to the station where he's put in a holding cell and starts to wonder if he's in a scene out of midnight express.

He's allowed to make a call, so who does he call, his pay4play girlfriend? Thank god no. He calls Manoch the head of e+. An hour or so later Manoch is down there explaining what the situation is and a couple of thousand baht is paid. Driver and rider get 500 baht a piece or something like that and Keith's on his way home.

One other interesting point is that Keith was working on a tourist visa. Yes, he didn't even have the right visa or a work permit. Lucky for hime the police didn't do too much digging.When we were all working for E+ the language agency in Bangkok for a while we seemed like one big happy family. Yes, there were a few loonies and oddballs, however they were largely avoided and ignored by the rest and soon moved on or were forced to move on.

One guy that had a lot to say and was known for consorting with the ladies was Keith. Now Keith isn't his real name, and it's not that I'm trying to protect his identity or anything. The truth is I bloody well can't remember his name for the life of me, must be getting old as the Thais like to say!

Well Keith hailed from the us and was an ok kind of a guy when you got to know him, he kinda kept himself to himself and worked alone. Well nothing wrong with that at least you can avoid the flakes.

Well that fateful day came around when Keith had a job to do at a language center the other side of Bangkok. He'd finished school and got a cab to head for his two hour night time gig at an e+ language center somewhere in the suburbs. That's how it was when you worked for e+, their language centers were so hellishly far away!

Keith jumped into the cab and told the driver his destination. The driver turned around and looked at him, with an oho..... rot tit exclamation. The traffics bad! Well it always is in Bangkok what's new?

So off they went and the traffic really was bad, in fact they'd got caught in so many jams that our teacher was going to be late, and that he couldn't have.

So the were just blocks away from the center when the traffic ground to a complete standstill for the umpteenth time! Keith only had 5 minutes in which to get his fat ass to the center and start the lesson. He could forget about putting his feet up now, and reading that girlie mag he had hidden in his bag. No, he had to get straight in there and teach.

The traffic wasn't moving, he had 5 minutes before his class started, what should he do? Then like a bolt out of the blue it hit him! Inspiration, yes that's inspiration not perspiration! Well theres a lot of it about in Bangkok the latter I mean.

So without a thought he threw 200 baht a the driver and opened the door ready to do a three block sprint to the language center. As soon as he flung the door open, there was an almighty thud and a huge noise. Keith was able to catch a glimpse of a Thai guy in mid flight, kinda gliding in slow motion over the top of the door which he'd just opened. It was like it was all happening in slow motion.

However the landing was far from graceful as the Thai guy ended up in a heap on the floor rolling around and holding his leg for extra affect!

Keith goes over to him to see if he's ok. The guy mumbles something in Thai that he can't understand. Then the taxi driver jumps out of his cab and starts pointing to his rather warped and scratched door. Now Keith understood what he was saying he wanted some kind of compensation.

Now what happens? Could it get any worse? Oh yes, a crowd is starting to form around the taxi and our guy Keith seriously thinks about doing a runner. However when he tries to edge out, the crowd push him back. Now to cap it all the guy rolling around on the floor is wanting 2,000 baht and the taxi driver is asking for about the same.

Heres Keith's big problem, he's skint only got enough for the bus ride home and a bowl of noodles! You see when he left his home he only intended to go out work, get some noodles and get a mini van home. He'd certainly not planned on all of this!

What happens next? Well you guessed it, the police show up and our friend Keith is taken down to the station where he's put in a holding cell and starts to wonder if he's in a scene out of midnight express.

He's allowed to make a call, so who does he call, his pay4play girlfriend? Thank god no. He calls Manoch the head of e+. An hour or so later Manoch is down there explaining what the situation is and a couple of thousand baht is paid. Driver and rider get 500 baht a piece or something like that and Keith's on his way home.

One other interesting point is that Keith was working on a tourist visa. Yes, he didn't even have the right visa or a work permit. Lucky for hime the police didn't do too much digging.
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1 comment:

  1. E+! Interesting read, I worked there briefly around that time but don't remember that incident. I'm actually shocked that Dear Leader came to the rescue. When were you working there? It was such a revolving door then that I barely remember any of the teachers.

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