I have been to Thailand many times, as well as most other countries in SE Asia. When I first arrived in Bangkok, Ladyboys seemed amusing to me, funny, crazy, but as long as I didn’t have sex with them, I thought they would not hurt me.
Wrong Wrong Wrong.
Two times I have had my pocket picked while walking on the street, both times by LadyBoys.
The first time was about four years ago. I wasn’t sure what to do as two ladyboys came up to me right in the middle of Ko San Road. They started putting their hands on me and I knew they were going to steal something, I didn’t know what. I had my wallet in my front pocket and I thought it was safe. I tried to push them away and even called, to no avail, for other tourists to help me. Then an old man came up and started threatening to kill me. The three of them were working together. They got my wallet before they ran away.
I did manage to take a photo of the ladyboy that I thought took my wallet and I took the digital file to the police. The police quickly found her, put her in cuffs and arrested her. But when they learned I was leaving Thailand and going home, they said they had to let her go as I had to be there for the trial or there would be no trial. Great, now I know that a thief has free reign to steal from the Farang tourist.
I was in a jam then as I was scheduled to leave Bangkok in two days and I lost my credit cards. What to do? I had to get my credit card numbers from a travel agent that I used and wire myself some money. Only then could I call the bank and tell them of the theft. After I told the bank of the theft, they promptly closed all of my accounts. They would have left me stranded if I had told them immediately. Ok, sorry for the bank, the ladyboy and her friends took $2,000.00 from my credit cards before the bank closed the accounts, but according to bank rules, I had three days to notify them of the theft.
Once home, I was able to blow up the file I gave to the police and I discovered that my wallet was clearly visible in the photo. The ladyboy was sitting on my wallet. See the attached photo.
Ok, flash ahead two years. In the fall of 2008, as banks were failing in the USA I went to Bangkok again. I had $2,500.00 in my wallet so I was trying to be very careful. This time I was on Sukumvit road near Soi 21. A ladyboy came up to me and grabbed my by the balls. She grabbed me so hard that it hurt and she asked me if she could go back to my room with me. I extended my left hand and pushed her away as hard as I could. In doing this, I could feel that my wallet was gone. Great, she picked my pocket. I stepped ahead once more and hit her under the chin as hard as I could with my right forearm. She went flying with her hands and feet out like a cartoon character. She hit a wall and my wallet flew out of her hand and I reached up into the air as high as I could reach and got my wallet. That bitch slid down the wall and hit her ass on the sidewalk.
Ok, to me, ladyboys are not funny, not cute. For some reason, many Thai girls seem to have ladyboy friends, but not me.
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