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In Vietnam, the shorter the distance gets, the more belligerent cabbies become

In Vietnam, the shorter the distance gets, the more belligerent cabbies become

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 11:30 GMT+7

Passengers flagging down a taxi at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City should expect to be scolded by the cabbies if they are to travel a short distance.

In other cases, the drivers will beg, or blatantly ask, for a premium instead of the amount showed on the meter, saying a short drive is not enough to help them cover expenses.

A Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper correspondent last month took taxis operated by different firms for short drives from the airport, and in no case did he step out a cab without having to pay extra money or receiving complaints from the driver. 

On January 28, the reporter asked a Hoang Long taxi to drive him from the airport to Huynh Lan Khanh Street.

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