Raving Belgian picks fight, gets based in head, then arrested

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An argumentative Belgian got bashed in the head by two masked motorcyclists after getting into an argument with a Thai shopkeeper over a parking space.

Gianni Belfiore, 39, invited himself into a world of hurt Nov. 21 by allegedly starting a shouting match with Kasem Sornkhamthong at the Kaekaew shop on Soi Wong Amat in Naklua, then – after being assaulted – reportedly refusing to pay for medical treatment at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

He has since been arrested for having an expired passport and is under investigation by the Belgian embassy.

Security footage catches Gianni Belfiore in an argument about a temporary parking space in Naklua. Security footage catches Gianni Belfiore in an argument about a temporary parking space in Naklua.

The brouhaha began when the Belgian parked his Toyota Vigo outside the Kaekaew shop, reflecting the bright sunlight into the store’s front window. Blinded by the glare, owner Kasem asked him to move the truck to point the reflection elsewhere.

Instead, Belfiore allegedly went nuts, screaming that he was a police officer and Belgian embassy official. He is neither. Afraid, Kasem went back inside to call police. He came back outside to find the Belgian bleeding. Security camera footage showed that two men, insulted that a foreigner would have the audacity to argue with a Thai, drove by and struck him in the head with a metal or wood pole before speeding away.

Belfiore compounded his own misfortune afterward, as police discovered the expired passport and hospital officials called authorities to claim the Belgian began raving and refused to pay.