An alleged repeated closing time offender was raided once again by Pattaya police at dawn today, December 18th.
At 2:46 AM, past the legal closing time, Pattaya law enforcement stated to the Thai media that they were carrying out their patrol as usual to ensure compliance to legal closing times of 2AM in Pattaya when they came across the two-storey venue that houses As Friends and 69.1 Club Prive nightclub in Lk Metro.
The Pattaya News notes that legal closing times can differ based on entertainment zone and are legally between midnight and 2AM.
At first glance, the pub, 69.1 Club Prive, located on the upstairs of the building, seemed to be closed, as all the lights outside were turned off and the front gate was shut. However a staff member appeared to be stationed at a side door.
Pattaya police told The Pattaya News that they still heard blaring music coming from the pub, so they decided to raid the place. After a 10-minute talk with the doorkeeper, the officers were eventually able to enter.
Inside, the officers allegedly found over 50 Thai and foreign pub-goers still drinking and dancing to the music. The police then ordered the pub operators to shut the tunes and took them to the Pattaya police station for legal charges. Deputy police chief of the Pattaya police station Krirkrit Saiwana said he would summon the unidentified real owner of the pub for serious legal action soon.
The Pattaya News notes that As Friends and 69.1 Club Prive are reportedly under the same ownership and management according to Pattaya Police. The pub was raided once for the same reason in November.