Been away for a few weeks so don’t know if this got posted here. Re: the American bloke in Kaohsiung Dream pub who got beat up last month with baseball bat for dancing with his female friend, who just happened to be a local woman. More here:
APPLE DAILY: “A foreigner named Thomas was at the DREAMS pub last night, when an incident occurred around 1:50am. Thomas was grinding up against a hot-chick and subsquently irritated her male companion which resulted in the beating up of Thomas. When the police arrived, he was suffering from heavy bruises on his chest, face and arms and other parts of his body. His shirt was ripped off during the beating by the 2 to 3 people that took him outside and beat him up. Because he can’t speak Chinese well, he was cussing when the cops arrived.”
His female friend later blogged:
"…So the five of us ended up going to a local dance club, Dreams, ocated behind the Sogo and Mitusoki Department Stores in downtown Kaohsiung. I haven’t been there in about six months because I’d heard about a number of incidents involving Caucasian foreigners being beat up or hit over the head with a beer bottle for simply talking to, or dancing with a local Taiwanese woman. I felt some hesitation and asked Hardcore Party Girl if she thought the place was ok and how it would be on a Thursday night. She said she went there regularly and that it would be a good time.
I had my misgivings, but brushed them aside thinking that perhaps what I’d heard was an isolated incident. Once we arrived, we settled into a booth/table and started drinking watered down whiskey and vodka shots, and the occasional orange juice/whiskey drink. It wasn’t yet midnight; the dance floor was still completely deserted. As I’d predicted it started hopping just before 1 am. Kaohsiung Boy and I hit the dance floor a few times
About an hour later, Kaohsiung Boy and I decided that was time to get going. The American in Kimen wanted to hit the dance floor with me, so we started to “get down” on the dance floor and ended up dancing on one of the platforms. Admitedly, I know how to shake this booty and was just having some fun- the way a girl can when she’s in the hands of someone she knows and trusts. Trust me, I can shake it and grind it- but not like that with complete strangers. After dancing with the American in Kimen, I resumed dancing with Kaohsiung Boy and finally we decided to make our exit. Kaohsiung Boy went to look for Hardcore Party Girl and say goodbye.
The more I thought about the whole situation and pondered throughout the day, the more I began to suspect and question the actions and character of all the people involved.
Before going to the police station, I had spoken to the American twice about the incident, getting the details of his account clear. And I thought about how trying it must be for witnesses, defendants and plaintiffs to be grilled repeatedly over certain details. I was impressed that my American friend was able to recall what he did after having gone through the ordeal he’d been through!
I haven’t been able to reach him since coming back from the police station "