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Don't like guns at all, but to be fair to the tour guide he was shot at first and the he retaliated. I think under Thai law and him being a Thai that he will get away with this one.

You could argue that the Japanese guys were carrying unlicensed fire arms in Thailand. Whereas the tour guide might have had a firearms license because it can be a bit dodgy in some of the trekking areas. It would be good to get some more information on this, but I doubt that we ever will.

Cheers, Rick

I agree with the above except for one thing, how does a top yakusa miss at virtually point blank range?

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Don't like guns at all, but to be fair to the tour guide he was shot at first and the he retaliated. I think under Thai law and him being a Thai that he will get away with this one.

You could argue that the Japanese guys were carrying unlicensed fire arms in Thailand. Whereas the tour guide might have had a firearms license because it can be a bit dodgy in some of the trekking areas. It would be good to get some more information on this, but I doubt that we ever will.

Cheers, Rick

I agree with the above except for one thing, how does a top yakusa miss at virtually point blank range?

Maybe he tried to pull the trigger with his little finger?

Cheers, Rick

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Very sad for all the families. Wonder what the surviving gentleman will have to say? Very strange chain of events leading up to the death of the tourist. The deceased must have really liked this part of the world to go on a tour, that turned out was not what he really bargained for?

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Very sad news about what has happened. The tour guide WAS a nice guy , I have known him a long time .

Condolences to the Japanese Tourists and families .RIP.

Right, nice enough to shoot a customer in the head due to complaining. What's the old saying, with friends like that, who needs enemies.

I just love the creative license that the Thai media takes in cases like this. Of course the Thai tour guide turned himself in as he knows that sweet FA is going to happen to him.

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A good marksman i feel - he shot both in the head and one in the back as well errrrrm! - a little hard to do if someone has drawn a weapon already and is shooting at you

very strange!!!!!! as usual on here!

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Amazing Thailand. The tourist is complaining a lot , so it is ok to shoot him. Shows the arrogance of Thais, that they think they can shoot someone and get away with it. However in this case, a bit of bad luck that the guy was Yakuza..... :-) My advice to this guy would be to shave his head, change his name, go to a far away temple, and become a monk for about 10 years. Also his family should do the same thing.......As Tokay said, this is not going to go down well for this guy....

So a bit of advice for other tour guides. If you see a Japanese tourist covered in tattoos, and if he is missing a little finger, be very polite to him.....

Did you actually read the full article? 70% of the people posting negative feelings towards Thai's are too ignorant to even read the article!!

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Very sad news about what has happened. The tour guide WAS a nice guy , I have known him a long time .

Condolences to the Japanese Tourists and families .RIP.

Right, nice enough to shoot a customer in the head due to complaining. What's the old saying, with friends like that, who needs enemies.

I just love the creative license that the Thai media takes in cases like this. Of course the Thai tour guide turned himself in as he knows that sweet FA is going to happen to him.

Which of course fails to take into account that if he thought that, he would have taken the $$

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it seems everybody is thinking that this tour guide was just an innocent tour guide.

but how many innocent tour guides carry guns and then shoot their customer?

i'm not sure why more people don't come to the conclusion that this tour guide

was hired/foced to take these fellas in the woods and dispose of their bodies.

i just can't explain why he turned himself in. but i'm 100% sure this was no

unfortunate coincidence.

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A silly excuse for killing someone. But how can they prove the guy was yakuza?

If you read the article first you would see it was reported to them by the Japanese Embassy.

Anyone who thinks there is not ALOT more to this story than is reported is kidding themselves. If the tour guide and the BIB left behind 10K in cash, how much was there before??? And the dead tourist was wearing a holster? Come on. This is too fishy, even for Thailand.

There is always the possibility this could be just what it is though too...Japanese men can be vile towards Thais, and Gangsters carrying guns to boot. I can see this guy pissing them off early, the whole situation going to hell and the Guide fearing for his life. I was once followed out of a bar, unbeknownst to my drunk ass, by a Russian mobster with a drawn gun. I offended him by dropping my beer bottle and it breaking on his shoes (I was pretty drunk) and seeing the bouncer headed my way I left before he had a chance to throw me out. Had I not walked out the door, and right into the next bar I may have wound up dead. I only found out about my brush with death when I arrived home a few hours later to find all my friends sitting vigil in our hotel, thinking I was face down in a dumpster somewhere.

My point it this. Gangsters are gangsters. The mentality pervades regardless of culture. These people consider themselves above the law to begin with, and then they mistake the Thai "mai pen rai" attitude as a license to do as they please.

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Wasn't an earlier posting saying that the village they went to was a well known drug location...They certainly don't fit the picture of a normal tourist excursion day out to visit a hill tribe or in this case a mountain buddist temple?Something's happened to cause this and I don't think it's because he forgot to bring the packed lunch somehow!!

it seems everybody is thinking that this tour guide was just an innocent tour guide.

but how many innocent tour guides carry guns and then shoot their customer?

i'm not sure why more people don't come to the conclusion that this tour guide

was hired/foced to take these fellas in the woods and dispose of their bodies.

i just can't explain why he turned himself in. but i'm 100% sure this was no

unfortunate coincidence.

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Gangsters? Guns? Cash? Golden Tri- angle?

Remember 10,000usd buys a huge amount of wholesale or direct from the manufacturer.

High drug trafficking transport area ( Much like the Vietcong used ).

Meaning many diifferent trials to move goods through dense jungle to evade and abate detection.

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Amazing Thailand. The tourist is complaining a lot , so it is ok to shoot him. Shows the arrogance of Thais, that they think they can shoot someone and get away with it. However in this case, a bit of bad luck that the guy was Yakuza..... :-) My advice to this guy would be to shave his head, change his name, go to a far away temple, and become a monk for about 10 years. Also his family should do the same thing.......As Tokay said, this is not going to go down well for this guy....

So a bit of advice for other tour guides. If you see a Japanese tourist covered in tattoos, and if he is missing a little finger, be very polite to him.....

Did you actually read the full article? 70% of the people posting negative feelings towards Thai's are too ignorant to even read the article!!

I am not really sure a high IQ is needed to read a newspaper article, but in fact I have read it. None it makes any sense at all, but the facts still remain. A Thai guide takes out two tourists, and now one is dead and one is wounded. And the reason given by the guide was that the tourists pissed him off. Hey maybe Thais really are the master race, if a simple Thai tour guide can take on two hardcore mobsters in a gun battle and win. Or the guide figured out they had a lot of money on them, shot them both in the back of head, and shot the dead one one more time in the face to make it look like a gun battle...Or.....Or..... Like ALL these stories, the truth will never be known. All we get is a poorly written account of the story in the newspaper, so then it is fun to try to fill in the blanks using deductive reasoning. Next month is will all be forgotten, and the new story will be a farang that killed himself in Pattaya by falling on his glass coffee table....But I suspect this story will not be forgotten by his associates in Japan.

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