Hello there, does anyone know why it often takes so long to get your change when you try to pay a very simple bar bill in Pattaya? For example, today I sat alone and drank 4 bottles of Singha beer. I have been to this bar many times and have never had any problem or confrontation. I asked to pay the bill which I already knew to be 240 baht, and the checks were already in my little wooden check holder in front of me. 4 checks of 60 baht each.
I asked to pay the bill and I offered up a 500 baht note so.....a very simple transaction one would have thought. But..I sat waiting for my change and although the bar was nearly empty it seemed to cause them great drama to simply give me the change..lots of talking, money bags being opened, calculator being used..lots of counting out money and double/treble checking the change before giving me.
As a result, I didn't leave my usual tip, and tomorrow I'll go to another bar (I always avoid establishments for at least a few days when they mess me about and annoy me so they will now lose money).
Why do they persist in doing this? Why do they need a calculator to work out the change from 500 baht on a total bill of 240 baht?