Drink spiking in Bali

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Drink spiking in Bali

Most Westerners who have lived in Bali for any length of time would have heard about drink spiking in Bali. I was recently speaking with someone recently who told me a story that shocked me.

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At a bar in Kuta with some friends, she was introduced to an Indonesian man. He was all very friendly and nice and after chatting a bit offered to buy her a drink. She politely refused and ordered one herself.

She chatted to a friend and then noticed her drink had arrived so she had a sip and put it back on the bar.

There was something odd about the taste, and so thinking the worst, that her drink had been spiked, she immediately she grabbed her bag and raced for the door.

She was completely blind by the time she got out onto the street but managed to hail a cab with some help. She gave the driver her address and promptly vomited in the cab.

When she arrived back at her lossman, she was immediately helped to her room by the staff there who all knew her well. They lay her down on her bed, and told her that her boyfriend had gone to get some water.

‘What boyfriend?’ she asked.

“The man who came with you in the taxi” she was told.

Then she understood that the guy from the bar had spiked her drink with something very strong as she had only had a taste (and she is a big strong Aussie girl who knows how to handle her booze, having previously run a Aussie pub on her own), and had somehow gotten into the front of her cab without her knowing, silent so she could not hear him, and the staff had assumed he was her boyfriend.

So she screamed. “Get him out of here, he is not my boyfriend”. Which they promptly did and then left her in bed with one guy posted at her door she trusted to keep watch.

She vomited through the night, finally sleeping after a few hours, and waking up in the morning with a really bad hangover but with full vision. After 2-3 days she felt normal again.

Clearly drink spiking in Bali is an issue, and it seems like the drugs used are not soft drugs that may make you more amenable to a would be amore, but rather incapacitate the target completely.

This is not just about getting a girl drunk, this is to render her completely defenceless.

Best to never leave drinks unattended, even take it to the toilet with you if there is nobody you trust to watch it.

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By Mark O’Brien 2013

Staying safe in Bali | Travelfish on Indonesia June 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

people deliberately spiking a drink, keep an eye on your drink, stay in control and don't drink alone. This is sadly a reality

n/a September 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

My drink (a small bottle of beer) was spiked by the bar staff at Sky Garden night club in Kuta Bali. I know this because it was the first drink of the night and did not lose sight of it. I had ordered it to the table I was sitting at. I was very close to passing out and felt rough for weeks afterwards. I'm guessing it was a concoction of date rape drugs. Luckily I made it back to my hotel

admin September 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I am sad to hear that. Did you say something? I am sure the management would be very interested to hear about that. That is not good for anyone. Go to http://www.61legian.com/component/rsform/form/10-message-to-the-owner Cheers Mark

Staying safe in Bali January 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

people deliberately spiking a drink, keep an eye on your drink — stay in control and don’t drink alone. This is sadly a problem

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