Cabbie Caught for Ripping off Foreigner

Update:05 Mar 2007

An unscrupulous taxi driver was sacked from his company and detained for questioning by police for overcharging a Swiss visitor 1,480rmb (USD191) for a 39-kilometer journey in Shanghai on Wednesday, local media reported Thursday.  

The Swiss arrived at Pudong International Airport at 7:20am on Wednesday. At the airport, he tried to look for a taxi to take him to Yalong Hotel at Jujiaqiao Road. Two men took him to a parking lot where a navy-blue taxi was waiting.

Arriving at the hotel, the driver charged him 1,480 yuan, telling him 280 yuan was for tax and offered him a fake handwritten official receipt. The Swiss visitor told the hotel staff his encounter. He was informed that he was overcharged over10 times the normal rate. The fare for 39 kilometers should be around 120 yuan.  

The hotel reported it to the Traffic Law Enforcement Bureau. The Bureau tracked down the driver four hours after, using the number plate record provided by the hotel. Police at Pudong International Airport quickly detained him after his whereabouts was revealed.

The taxi driver image was also recorded by the hotel's security camera.

The taxi driver, who worked for Haibo Taxi Company, confessed to overcharging the visitor after seeing the video surveillance.

Haibo apologized to the Swiss and returned him the full amount plus compensation totaling 4,110 yuan.  According to Haibo¡¯s company rules, the taxi driver must compensate twice the overcharge amount.


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