A taxi driver in the central city of Da Nang was fired for forcing a foreign customer to pay an inflated fare, according to a representative of the municipal Department of Transport on Thursday.
Tran Cong Quang, a now-former driver for the Hai Van transit service company in Da Nang, reportedly overcharged a group of South Korean tourists for their trip from Da Nang International Airport to a hotel about six kilometers away on the morning of January 24.
Though the fare meter indicated a mere VND78,000 (roughly $3.5), Quang asked the customers for VND700,000 ($31).
The tourists immediately complained to the local transport department who sent a representative to meet with them that evening.
As the tourists were unable to recall the name of the transport company, the transport department offered up surveillance footage from the airport in order for the group to identify the cabbie and his employer.
Quang was sacked immediately.
The Da Nang Association of Taxi Drivers and Hai Van apologized to the passengers and reimbursed the group for the fare difference that same day.
The company has also offered to drive the group free-of-charge during their stay in the city.
Price gouging is not without precedent in the company’s track record.
Another Hai Van cabbie was previously fired and fined for demanding VND700,000 from a Korean passenger when the meter showed a mere VND60,000 ($2.6).