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Saigon cabbie fined, sacked for ripping off Indian visitor while posing as rival company’s driver

Saigon cabbie fined, sacked for ripping off Indian visitor while posing as rival company’s driver

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 11:45 GMT+7
Saigon cabbie fined, sacked for ripping off Indian visitor while posing as rival company’s driver
A Saigontourist taxi is seen near the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City has been slapped with a fine and laid off from his job after he overcharged an Indian visitor while pretending to be an employee of a rival taxicab company last weekend.

The Indian visitor, who landed at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on August 25, took a cab from the airdrome to a hotel on Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, about eight kilometers apart.

The taxi driver, later identified as Nguyen Quoc Dat, charged the Indian visitor VND1.2 million (US$52) for the trip, which normally costs around VND150,000 ($6.45).

Dat gave the Indian man a receipt bearing the logo of Mai Linh Corporation, a popular taxi firm in Ho Chi Minh City. A Mai Linh representative has confirmed the receipt is fake.

Dat was in fact an employee of Saigontourist, a popular tour operator in Ho Chi Minh City which also invests in the taxicab business, a Tan Son Nhat airport management official told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday.

The driver did not violate airport regulations in picking up the Indian visitor because Saigontourist - as well as Mai Linh - is licensed to operate at the southern airdrome, the official added.

A police officer works with Mai Linh representatives to verify the identity of a bogus driver who overcharged an Indian visitor in Ho Chi Minh City on August 25, 2019. Photo: Mai Linh
A police officer works with Mai Linh representatives to verify the identity of a bogus driver who overcharged an Indian visitor in Ho Chi Minh City on August 25, 2019. Photo: Mai Linh

A Saigontourist representative told Tuoi Tre it had reviewed details of the incident and found that Dat is indeed one of its employees.

The tour operator has fined Dat VND5 million ($215) and terminated his contract, the representative said.

Saigontourist said it has also sent a memo to all employees warning them against repeating Dat’s mistake.

There have been many cases in which a cabbie pretended to be an employee of Mai Linh, the firm stated, adding that these bogus drivers often operate at Tan Son Nhat and target foreigners.

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