Brit holidaymaker viciously beaten by Benidorm street entertainers after warning fellow tourists their ‘three cup’ game was a scam

Brit holidaymaker viciously beaten by Benidorm street entertainers after warning fellow tourists their ‘three cup’ game was a scam


A BRIT tourist was left with blood pouring from his head after he tried warn holiday makers about a gang of scammers in Benidorm.

He had tried to stop other tourists from falling for the ‘trileros’ scam that lures passers by to pick an object from the simple ‘cup game’.

Howard George Stirrup

Blood spilled from a gash on the back of the man’s head after he tried to stand up to the alleged street cons[/caption]

Howard George Stirrup

Clearly dazed by the attack, the man held a T shirt to his head to stop the bleeding[/caption]

They are then asked to place a bet on which cup contains the object – usually a pea or potato.

The good Samaritan who tried to save other Brits from parting with their hard-earned cash was surrounded by seven men and was beaten around the head with bats.

As the vicious attack took place on the bustling central Gerona street in Benidorm, tourists watched in horror as the man was kicked to the ground.

One of his attackers smashed an object over his head while another wrapped his legs around him as they struggled on the floor.

STREET ENTERTAINMENT SCAM

Some tried to break the fight up, others filmed the horrific beating which now has been viewed on YouTube more than 1,600 times.

Eventually another British sun-seeker intervened and rescued the young man, who said that he had previously seen an elderly woman ‘scammed’ by the group.

The ‘pea men’ scam is known as one of the resort’s oldest scams and is said to be run by criminal gangs masquerading as charasmatic street performers.

The rigged game can often cost up to €50 to play and fake players will take part in the bet first and then seem to win big – making it look like a good idea to the unsuspecting passer by.


The light-fingered thieves also pickpocket the gamblers as they play the cup game.

According to TripAdvisor, other tourists claim they have had their wallets or purses ‘ripped’ from their hands by the gang of ‘pea men’.

According to the video posted last Friday, police asked the British man and his friends to go to a nearby hospital and then to come to the station to identify the attackers.

Howard George Stirrup

The men can be seen rolling around on the floor as other holiday makers walked past[/caption]

Howard George Stirrup

Friends of the man tried to help as he was dragged to the floor[/caption]

 

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