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Johnny Foreigner

Foreign Countries Can Be Ugly Places…

Living abroad as I do, you get to see the ugly side of humanity.

And sadly, it’s a fairly common occurrence.

Here’s what was going on down on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok on one Sunday afternoon. I was waiting for my date to arrive from the nearby BTS train station:

Bangkok taxi driver attacks a female moped rider!

Bangkok taxi driver attacks a female moped rider!

I’m not sure what started it. I guess a woman moped driver had clipped this Bangkok taxi driver’s wing mirror with her moped.

A tussle ensued and at one point the taxi driver wrestled the woman to the floor:

Bangkok taxi driver attacks woman moped driver...

Bangkok taxi driver attacks woman moped driver…

It’s sad that in this day and age nobody came to the aid of a damsel in distress.

It’s kind of hard to watch these incidents unfold. However, I have a strict “no intervention” policy when living in a foreign country. Firstly I don’t speak the local language. Secondly I don’t know the back-story of these cases. Thirdly I don’t know if this driver’s packing a weapon (here‘s the story of an American hacked to death by a Bangkok cabbie). Lastly foreigners intervening in local issues have a history of coming off badly, from the locals ganging up on them to dealing with a corrupt police force.

Anyway, in this particular case the police eventually arrived and basically told both parties to get lost.

This isn’t the only time I’ve seen Johnny Foreigner losing his mind. While walking along the banks of the Pearl River in Guangzhou one Spring afternoon, I saw Chinese people fighting to board a bus. The dumb thing was that the bus wasn’t even full, and there was plenty of space for everybody to board the bus.

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