I got a call this morning at 4:00am. Woke me up. My mate had been caught drunk driving. DUI. I wasn’t impressed but his friends had deserted him so I turned up at Soi 9 to assist. Long story short, I was too late to stop him going to court but I made sure he would get bail and released. I waited at the back of Pattaya Court House where the entrance to the holding area is and where the prisoners are brought into court. The prison van arrived and Thais started getting out the back, leg chains, handcuffs and chained together. Oh shit I thought, this looks bad. Then the passenger door of the prison van opens and out staggers my friend, free of shackles. I exchange a few words with him and he goes inside. The policeman parks the prison van out the back of the court and then seems to be perplexed. He’s patting down his pockets. He goes into the jail and returns with a wire coat hanger. He’s locked the keys to the prison van inside the van and now he’s desperately trying to open the door with a coat hanger. He tries and tries and so do his colleagues. No luck. It’s actually a top of the range van. High security. The policeman goes inside the jail. About two minutes later the huge metal gate opens and out walks a bald Thai man in prison uniform and leg irons.....carrying the coat hanger and he proceeds-to try. Get a professional on the job.