It’s no secret that Pinoys deal with substandard choices for public transportation everyday — aside from poor infrastructure, there is also the issue with choosy or abusive taxi drivers who prey on their customers, and even resort to threats or hysteria in order to intimidate their riders.
Netizen Hannah Quiwa shared this experience of hers on social media, when she rode a taxi with her 15-year-old sister and 10-year-old niece from their village to Robinsons Galleria. The taxi driver not only asked them to add 50 pesos to their metered fare, but was also reckless and sleazy throughout the ride. After getting down at Robinsons Galleria, the driver apparently aimed numerous offensive slurs at her, and even cursed at her.
You can read the story in full below:
I rode this Taxi with my 15 year old younger sister and my 10 year old niece from our village to Robinsons to meet my parents. When we got on the taxi, he told us to give him 50 extra due to traffic, it took a while for us to get a cab so I told I will pay extra if there was really that much traffic. He kept on complaining and swearing throughout the whole time he was driving. I was on the phone with my friend when he told me he got a grabtaxi right after 5 minutes only so I said that I should have tried grabtaxi (cause it took me almost an hour to get this cab). Mr. taxi driver didnt feel ashamed he was even listening to my conversation on the phone and interfered shouting at me saying ‘Gusto mo ba mag grab, cge mag grab kayo walang problema un!’ And was attempting to stop the car to let me out. I wasnt planning to argue with such a person so I just told me him no its fine. He continued driving and instead of taking the route at Ortigas Avenue, he went through pasig and went through numerous streets in C. Raymundo to increase the meter fare. I doubt I am wrong about his intentions because there is no way a usual driver can mistaken 2 different one-way street in one ride. I contacted my dad to wait for us at the drop point in the mall because I refuse to pay 50 extra to someone who wasn’t just rude and reckless but also trying to making a fool of me.
When we got in the Mall my dad didnt have a hard time finding which taxi because he was pressing his horn at someone crossing the road in front of the the mall at the pedestrian line!! My dad immediately ask him how much was the fare and why add 50 pesos. He started shouting at my dad. It escalated so fast that he the guards at the mall had to interfere. He continuously shouted at my dad and I saying numerous offensive things as I was telling him that he was being rude to me. My dad was telling him that it wasnt about the money its about how he was a reckless driver and rude to young passengers, he replied the most ridiculous thing ‘Put*ngina! Dahil lang 50 pesos magpapakamatay ka gago!’ Then continued being hysterical.
I gave him what was written in the meter and the guards told him to drive away, he was still hysterical when he was driving away.
-This picture was taken when he was hysterically swearing at my dad while the guards are telling him to stop and drive away. –
Name of Taxi driver: ROLANDO CAMARA
Plate number: AAO 7317 (NCR)
Place: From CAMBRIDGE CONDOMINIUM to ROBINSON GALLERIA
Date of Incident: 28 December 2015
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Scary passenger experiences seem to be increasing more and more.
Thoughts on this? Have you had a similar experience?