American Killed in Fight Over $1.60 Taxi Fare
Bangkok cabbie pulls machete after expat refuses to pay
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 2:20 AM CDT
The driver says Pilkington became agitated after they become stuck in heavy traffic on Sukhumvit Road.   (?)

(Newser) – One man is dead and another could face a death sentence after a dispute over a $1.60 taxi fare in Bangkok. Police say a taxi driver has confessed to killing American expat Troy Pilkington with a machete after he accused him of rigging his meter, threw a cup of coffee at him, and stormed out of his taxi without paying the 51 baht fare, the AP reports.

The driver, who was tracked down with the help of surveillance camera footage, says he only meant to threaten Pilkington with the sword but attacked when he thought the American was going to fight him, reports the Bangkok Post. Pilkington, 51, worked for Caterpillar and had lived in Thailand for at least three years.

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Jul 10, 2013 5:19 PM CDT
Never take coffee to a machete fight.
Jul 8, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
American stupid threw coffee and not pay $1.60 but driver is more stupid to kill people for $1.60 and wet from cup of coffee . If driver cleaver enough Why dont just take him to police report . How about people around no one help ?
Jul 8, 2013 3:34 PM CDT
In three decades spending part of each year in Thailand, Thais have only treated me with much greater respect and courtesy than I have them. Thailand may be one of the cheapest and most lively destinations in the world, but it is also one of the most hospitable. This news is sensational only because Thailand is such a welcoming nation.