“Great job. Amongst the many reasons tourists don’t come to Thailand nowadays, here’s another one,” a commenter wrote. “You dickhead.”
One of the men involved later published the full CCTV footage of the scene on Facebook in an apparent bid to justify their actions against the tourists.
“Watch it and see who started it,” a user identified as Ex Pitipat wrote. “I nicely and repeatedly told them not to block my store, but they wouldn’t move … we’re going to report the person who published the short version of the clip to the police.”
Despite his insistence that the women were in the wrong, however, the netizens remained critical of their violent response and the apparent lack of remorse afterward.
“I don’t see why you had to publish this video,” one netizen pointed out. “It’s not about who’s right or wrong — it’s about unjustifiable violence.”
While the two Thai men have been summoned by the local authorities for questioning, no charges have yet been filed against any of the parties involved.
Meanwhile, the Ko Pha-ngan police are still trying to locate the whereabouts of the tourists for further investigation on the matter.