Tourist goes wild, torches bikes

TRAT - An angry Australian tourist on Koh Chang went berserk, tried to attack pedestrians with a kitchen knife, and set fire to three vehicles because his rented motorbike consumed too much fuel, police said on Saturday.

Pol Capt Banjerd Krachangsaeng, an investigating officer at the Koh Chang police station, identified the tourist as Kent Wesley Farrar, 47.

Narong Borploy, the 55-year-old operator of a local motorcycle rental service, said the Australian had rented a motorcycle from him a week earlier. When he came to return the vehicle, he started yelling at Mr Narong and complained that the bike consumed excessive fuel.

Mr Narong said he told the tourist that he could rent another bike if he wanted to, but the customer was still furious and demanded a refund.

The two continued arguing and started fighting. The tourist received a head injury during the fight.

The Australian then took a bottle of gasoline inside the shop, poured it on three motorcycles parked in front of the shop and set them on fire.

He also picked up a kitchen knife from a nearby store and tried to attack other people walking by.

A team of police later arrived at the scene and were able to calm him down.

Farrar was charged with arson. The damage was estimated at 100,000 baht.

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Discussion 1 : 21/12/2013 at 07:41 PM
Because Auzzies like to have fun?
Discussion 2 : 21/12/2013 at 07:18 PM
Maybe they think they are in Bali...
Discussion 3 : 21/12/2013 at 06:46 PM
...too much meth maybe? Getting mad and paranoid after 3 days party....that's my opinion.
Discussion 4 : 21/12/2013 at 03:35 PM
The expectations of customer service from other nations often do not meet the realities of Thai levels. Often real customer service is not volunteered even by supposedly respected companies either by design, ignorance, laziness, incompetence or any combination thereof. Using too much gas hardly seems fighting over. Perhaps his complaint should have been the yaba purchased made him too delusional and agitated? BP please followup on this story.
Discussion 5 : 21/12/2013 at 12:23 PM
Hahaha ! Joke of the year !
Discussion 6 : 21/12/2013 at 06:22 AM
Like you said your guess& maybe your guess is wrong too as you weren't there. Being an Australian also & travel to Thailand many of times & as well other parts of Asia, I've seen many western look down on Asian people, thinking that they are better then them. Being polite and respectful goes a long way
Discussion 7 : 20/12/2013 at 03:08 PM
Aussies, English, American, European, Japanese, Malaysian, etc etc etc - All races have mostly good people and a few idiots. Unfortunately we only hear & see the idiots because they make the news with this kind of stupidity.
Discussion 8 : 20/12/2013 at 01:58 PM
We don't know what really happened, but this article's description of the 47 year old Australian's behaviour sounds implausible. Foreign tourists do get up to mischief, but this story sounds very far fetched.
Discussion 9 : 20/12/2013 at 07:41 AM
i wonder why Aussies always got in trouble in Thailand.
Discussion 10 : 16/12/2013 at 02:02 PM
I found out if you rent motorbike by the week and have problem you can take back tell them problem they will exchange bike for you just be polite. I done this several times when I found a problem and never raised voice treated owner with respect and got same in return. Even had one shop give a free rental when I came back.
Discussion 11 : 15/12/2013 at 11:54 PM
That's the thai version of events, I wonder what REALLY happened? My guess is the bike was faulty, bike shop said he caused it, he refused to pay, fight started and got punched or kicked, was angry that he had been scammed and assaulted, torched the bikes in retaliation, a local crowd gathered to see what's going on an turned on the tourist and he grabbed a knife in self defense.
Discussion 12 : 15/12/2013 at 06:15 PM
So the tourist got his head injury BEFORE going berserk...
Discussion 13 : 15/12/2013 at 05:14 PM
Does this person quality for amnesty ?
Discussion 14 : 15/12/2013 at 02:25 PM
Can we really be sure that he didn't receive the head injury whilst being 'calmed down' by the police? Like sibley commented earlier, I too think there is something being left out.
Discussion 15 : 15/12/2013 at 12:49 PM
I hope he gets an extended vacation courtesy of the Thai penal system, that should teach him the consequences of misbehaving when a guest in a foreign land. What a twat!
Discussion 16 : 15/12/2013 at 09:43 AM
The tourist was injured in the fight, so maybe farangs are not always wrong
Discussion 17 : 15/12/2013 at 09:31 AM
Is this an example of one of those quality tourists that TAT is looking for?
Discussion 18 : 15/12/2013 at 08:39 AM
The police and companies in Thailand are all honest and should always be believed to tell the truth.
Discussion 19 : 15/12/2013 at 08:07 AM
A new twist on the old bike rental scam.
Discussion 20 : 15/12/2013 at 02:49 AM
A good example why I steer clear of visiting farangs. This sort of behaviour is all too common in New Zealand. People get attacked for no reason many times a day. Do not believe that NZ is a safe place, it is more dangerous than Thailand. I feel a lot safer in Bangkok.
Discussion 21 : 15/12/2013 at 02:09 AM
Tuk-tuk driver in Phuket slit the tires of my car already 4 times, 1 time in Karon 3 times in Patong, why? because a foreigner is not allowed to park a car in their territory, another time it happen north of Chiang Mai, same story but at that time it was a Minibus driver. One time I catched one of them and got the police in they made him pay a five digit sum. So it's not only farang!
Discussion 22 : 15/12/2013 at 01:58 AM
Wow crazy doesn't sound alcohol related, How much fuel can a bike consume can't have been that much money a full tank is only a few hundred Baht? Even at 2 full tanks a day its peanuts compared to the cost of a hotel room on Koh Chang. I am quite level headed I think should I complain about the amount of money my 3 ex wives here consumed lol?
Discussion 23 : 14/12/2013 at 11:10 PM
He had a few too many and thought he spoke for the masses.
Discussion 24 : 14/12/2013 at 10:58 PM
Sounds like meth was involved...not a normal reaction
Discussion 25 : 14/12/2013 at 10:51 PM
People don't trust all you read..
Discussion 26 : 14/12/2013 at 10:35 PM
Violence is never the right answer to solving a problem. Regardless of what happened, two wrongs don't make a right.
Discussion 27 : 14/12/2013 at 09:45 PM
When farangs are assaulted by locals, 'bad locals'. When farangs assault the locals, 'media are cheating'. Farangs never wrong (at least in comments).
Discussion 28 : 14/12/2013 at 09:01 PM
Sounds like more than the bike consumed too much gas, and then he waited a full week to complain about it.
Discussion 29 : 14/12/2013 at 08:43 PM
This story sounds fishy. I would love to hear the visitors version.
Discussion 30 : 14/12/2013 at 08:29 PM
I agree, more to the story than reported, but hey his is Thailand and farangs are always in the wrong.
Discussion 31 : 14/12/2013 at 08:22 PM
This story sounds as if straight from the shop owner, not about how he defended himself from pals ("pedestrians") of the shop owner who came to shut him up when he stuck up for himself. As reported, it sounds hideous. But I don't believe everything I read. Anybody who has been here long enough has probably wanted to do the same thing but not for such reported reason. Everyone knows that rental shops routinely pull dirty tricks on tourists. Maybe this guy finally had enough. I would be tempted to cheer him on! But I wouldn't recommend his actions regardless of what prompted them & sure wouldn't want the consequences. But I don't buy the story.
Discussion 32 : 14/12/2013 at 08:14 PM
It is possible he was being scammed. Let me rephrase that, he was almost certainly being scammed. Why tourist sheeple continue to flock to this country is bemusing. But his reaction was uncalled for. Probably his frustration at getting ripped off for some spurious fuel charge, combined with the knowledge that the police in Thailand are utterly corrupt, and that he has no redress with them.....caused him to go over the edge. Maybe tourists who come here on holidays should be warned that the whole "Land Of Smiles" only applies to Thai women, who are polite, and generally fair when interacting with foreigners. Thai men hate farang.
Discussion 33 : 14/12/2013 at 08:13 PM
Tropical heat + alcohol+ a bad night with a gogo girl...it's too much for some tourists
Discussion 34 : 14/12/2013 at 08:06 PM
And he complains one week later..
Discussion 35 : 14/12/2013 at 08:00 PM
It looks like the dude is mentally unstable. Could be on drugs.
Discussion 36 : 14/12/2013 at 07:48 PM
In this country its easy to go Bananas..
Discussion 37 : 14/12/2013 at 07:29 PM
Too much of the amber nectar, in all probability!
Discussion 38 : 14/12/2013 at 07:00 PM
This is a case where the shop owner seems to be in the right. Not sure about the head bashing but no reason for this chap to set fire and then go for people with a knife. If they find he was on drugs then a long spell in the monkey house might calm him down.
Discussion 39 : 14/12/2013 at 06:48 PM
Darn it. Damn disgraceful! A rough person with barbarous composition. No respect for country where he visits as tourist should be incarcerated after court's finding him guilty.
Discussion 40 : 14/12/2013 at 06:47 PM
I think there is more to this story than meets the eye, the tourist accused the motor bike shop of scamming him, then receives an head injury, if there is an investigation into the mater, I would believe the tourists version every time, I rented a bike once, I had problems with it on the first day took it back and was told by the owner and 2 of his friends that turned up that I had caused the problems, so no refund and I was lucky I did not get charged to fix the problem, welcome to to the land of !!!!!!!!!!!
Discussion 41 : 14/12/2013 at 06:45 PM
Another of TATs quality tourists

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