We all know that Pattaya can ‘get’ to some people.
All that sun, sea, sand, booze and – dare we say – ‘birds’, are known to occasionally rub off the wrong way on tourists, leading them to displays of madness, euphoria and even despair.
What we imagine most people down in the seaside city haven’t seen before, however, is zombies.
That’s right. Zombies.
Back on 18 February in the Surf Kitchen Restaurant on Jomtien Beach Road, however, the ‘zombies’ were out in full force.
CCTV footage was posted to Facebook showing a young, Russian man finish up his meal at the restaurant, pay his bill and then, curiously, fall asleep at his table. He was approached by concerned staff before ‘waking up’ and proceeding to act like a zombie, reports Pattaya One.
Zombie 1 then approached another Russian, ‘biting’ him and ‘infecting’ him with zombie-hood, causing the second man to also become a ‘zombie’. Another Russian was ‘bitten’ in the melee, of course leading to him becoming a ‘zombie’ too.
From the CCTV footage, the zombie act seems to be made up of some degree of spasmodic wandering and interpretative dance, with the ‘biting’ resembling something more akin to a vigorous hug.
Understandably, the restaurant’s other customers fled the scene presumably wanting to avoid becoming ‘zombiefied’ themselves.
Here’s the CCTV footage the restaurant owners published to the “We Love Pattaya” Facebook group, which the owner quaintly described as, “What havoc”:
ร้านผมเองครับที่พัทยา ฝรั่งรัสเซียมา 3 คนนั่งคนละโต๊ะแล้วแกล้งเป็นซอมบี้กัดกันเองแล้วไปแกล้งลูกค้าโต๊ะอื่น สร้างความวุ่นวายมาก
Posted by Krit Boonsawad on Friday, 19 February 2016
Restaurant staff intervened in the scene in an attempt to subdue the ‘zombies’ and restore order, with the Russians claiming that they were simply “performing a show”, according to Coconuts.
Police attended and theorised the men were either playing an elaborate prank or had intended to steal valuable items left by fleeing customers. As no crime was committed, no charges were brought.