A Chinese teacher was whacked on the nose with a golf club as an argument with a taxi driver turned violent in Pak Kret, Bangkok, yesterday.
Two Chinese men – Yew, 30, a Chinese language teacher in Bangkok, and Lee 23 his friend – had called the white car using the Grab application.
They were on their way to apply for a course at a Bangkok university.
Pak Kret police arrived in Soi Wat Salak Neua where they found Yew with an injury to his nose.
His friend Lee told officers in Thai: “When the car arrived Yew opened the front passenger door but was told very impolitely to sit in the back. The driver was fierce.
“There was then disagreement about where to place a water bottle and a bad atmosphere developed”.
He said that Yew spoke some Thai and the driver reacted angrily saying: “Why are you speaking so loudly?”.
The driver then aborted the journey and told them to get out of the car.
As Yew did he slammed the door which enraged the driver who went and got a golf club out of the boot of the car and hit him.
Only the intervention of a military man nearby succeeded in calming the situation.
The Chinese formally pressed charges at the Pak Kret police station after this.
Sanook said police know the identity of the driver and are now looking for him.