An American tourist died after he was stabbed twice in the chest during a fight with members of the house band from the Longhorn Saloon early Wednesday in Krabi, Thailand.
Bobby Ray Carter joined the house band on stage for a singalong – something the band’s website reportedly encourages. However, when the band stopped for a break, Cater continued to sing and was asked to stop.
Carter then wanted the band to return the tip he had given and a brawl broke out shortly thereafter.
Police said three musicians were arrested at the scene and confessed to stabbing the 51-year-old Carter and his 27-year-old son Adam. Adam Carter suffered a stab wound to his arm during the fight.
"He and his son quarreled with all three musicians because he wouldn't stop singing despite the musicians taking a break," said Lieutenant Colonel Attapong Seanjaiwuth of Krabi tourist police, according to The Telegraph. "He then demanded the money he had already given as a tip back. But the real fight broke out outside of that pub. He was stabbed twice and died while on the way to local hospital."
Thailand has come under scrutiny in recent months because of its treatment of foreign tourists, who are a mainstay of the economy as a record 22 million foreigners visited the country last year.
Tourists have registered a series of complaints with authorities about their treatments ranging from jet ski scams, drink spiking, robbery, assault and even police extortion.