It was a sultry Thursday night and after sharing two bottles of wine with friends I decided to grab a cab to Orchard Towers, to unwind, perhaps engage in a conversation with someone and simply socialise. The plan was to have a couple of cold beers – not to have about $20,000 put on my credit card with no recourse.
Fast forward 14 hours – I awoke in my hotel room the next afternoon – not really hungover but a little “dusty” – checked my credit card to find about $20k in charges from 2am-5am. Called the bank, went to the place who charged me (and which I did not recognise) and who simply said “you had fun” – called the Police and reported it – then went to see a doctor as I thought I was going mad and had maybe been “spiked”.
In the doctor’s words – “if someone came to your house and stole $20k there would be no question – it’s theft. It’s terrifying and sad that you can’t go out in Singapore without worried that you can be scammed by a system for such huge amounts and no one is held accountable.”
In most other countries there is a responsibility of service of alcohol, and on merchants to take care of their customers. In Singapore it seems that there is a responsibility on merchants to steal from their customers.
I still did not receive my money back.
Next time – go to Thailand.