July 22, 2024
Walking ATM-machines in Thailand

Walking ATM-machines in Thailand

ATM in Bangkok
ATM in Bangkok

The 10 commandments below have over the years become a local joke for the locals that live in Thailand. They are not originally written by me, I have just picked them up. Each and every one of them are not necessarily true, but this who know how some thai girls can act will claim that not all of them are all false either.

Should you never have been in Thailand you will probably not understand they point of this post, if you have been to Thailand you might or might not nod and agree.

The 10 commandments (or a Bar Girls survival guide)

1. At the end of the week, specifically Friday and Saturday, many local employed walking ATM machines will come to your bar, choose carefully! Some have money, but others do not!

If he is wearing a suit and tie, check that the tie is not a Pratunam special and check that he isn’t wearing trainers. If he is, forget him because he is most likely an English teacher, and they will only give you peanuts, if they give you anything at all.

2. No matter how fat and ugly he is, no matter how bad he may smell, no matter how drunk he is, make sure you always tell him he is handsome. Sit close to him and run your hands over his body, arousing him. As soon as he has paid the bar fine, you can stand clear of him. Even if he knows that you despise him, he’ll still pay you. The hard part is getting him to pay the bar, and as soon as he has done that, the rest is easy.

3. Start collecting email addresses from all of your customers. Once you have a good collection of addresses, a visit to your local internet cafe is in order. Send everyone an email. Simply change the name on each email and send it off to all the guys. If you can remember something specific about them, mention that in the email too. These walking ATMs all have a soft heart, so you need to tell them a story to get them to send you some of their riches. Start with a sick buffalo and if he doesn’t reply, next tell him that your mother is ill. As a last resort, if he still doesn’t send any money, tell him that you are pregnant and that the baby is his!

4. Practice crying on cue. It is essential that you can produce tears immediately. This will have the effect of helping the walking ATM machine to see things your way.

5. When you get a customer for an extended period of time, make sure he takes you shopping, with Rarn Tong (gold shop) being the best place to visit. Make sure he buys you gold and if he doesn’t, see rule 4!

As soon as he has left Thailand, take the gold back to the shop and sell it straight back to them, thus increasing your pay out.

6. When locally based farangs are inside the bar, do not speak in Thai with your friends at the bar but rather use Lao, Khmer or any other dialects that you may know. It’s bad enough that some of them can speak and even read Thai, but Lao and Khmer should be kept as sacrosanct. Under no circumstances should the farang be thought our regional dialects.

7. Always see him off at the airport. Thai currency cannot be used in his country, so it is highly likely that he will give you all of his leftover Baht as he leaves and say goodbye. While accompanying him to the airport, prevent him from buying going-away gifts for his family and friends in his homeland, this will leave more money for you.

8. See Asian customers. They understand that we like to gamble, and they understand that we have lots of unemployed brothers and sisters who need to eat. Therefor, they pay better then the farangs.

9. Remember when you go with a farang, you must always ask for taxi money and give him the excuse that taxi drivers cannot give change on big notes. Son’t let him see the small change in your wallet. If taxi money isn’t forthcoming, see rule 4.

10. If you are no longer making money in Bangkok, move down to Phuket where you will be able to start making money again. Give Phuket a few years, then move on to Pattaya. Even if you are approaching 50, it is no problem as the walking ATM machines in Pattaya seem to be blind, they will not notice.

For fans of Star Trek, the Bar Girls 10 Commandments are very similar, in principle, to the Ferenghi Rules Of Acquisition.

Written by
Sean Kjetil Nordbo
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