It never ceases to amaze me how tight fisted, stupid and brass necked people can be. I know this applies to everywhere and not just in Thailand. However Thailand does seem to have a large number of guys who fit this profile. I’m not talking about people who are on a budget and eat, drink and sleep at prices that they can afford. I’m talking about people who seem to want things for nothing. People who think that everyone else is there just to keep them in booze, entertainment and food. People who go for a free buffet but buy their fair share of drink when they are doing it are exempt, as far as I’m concerned, as opposed to the guy who sips a coffee all night whilst going up for seconds. I wouldn’t dream of going to a regular free buffet if I was not a regular customer or was going to spend some money. I’ve always thought these free buffets are a “thank you” from the management for their regular customers, or at least for people who spend some Baht in their bar on the night.
I read a request from an OP on a forum about any places he could go and read foreign newspapers for free. They also had to be near the BTS. I don’t think he was interested in buying a beer or a coffee for the privilege. Another guy on a forum (this is outside Bangkok) is asking advice for places in Town where the pool tables are free to play. As it happens most places in this town have free pool although some of the tables aren’t very good. So he was given a list of bars with decent, free tables. He next comes back on that the only people in there to play are bargirls and if he played them he got hassled for drinks. ‘Hello’. They are girly bars and the free pool is to attract you in. There are other bars that aren’t girly bars but you have to pay for the pool and they may not be other farangs in who want to play pool. Turns out what this guy really wanted was to play free pool with the girls but not pay them for their time, and also didn’t want to buy a drink either. The guy just couldn’t get it. The girls are trying to make money, as is the owner. The other thing about the bars outside Bangkok is that the girls do not get a monthly salary. They get board and food. The only money they make is through lady drinks and barfines. I can only suppose that these people are so thick skinned that they are beyond embarrassment.