Last week, we shared a viral post that was going around social media detailing an alleged taxi modus. Anne M., who first posted the story, shared that she and her family went to a mall to do the grocery. After shopping, they got on a cab who kept complaining that there were too many passengers. Later on, they started feeling dizzy. She said:
Buti nalang naisip ko na yung shortcut na tinuro kong daan sa taxi ay dadaan ng barangay, kaya nung malapit na kami sa barangay pinatabi ko na kay kuya at sinabi ko na itapat niya sa barangay. Dali dali ako bumaba at pinababa ko din yung mga kasama ko. Pagbaba ko hirap na hirap na ko huminga at ang lakas na ng heartbeat ko. Yung kapatid ko hinang hina na din. Tumawag ako ng tao sa barangay para di makaalis ung taxi driver. Pinapabuksan ng papa ko yung compartment para makuha yung mga pinamili pero ayaw nung taxi driver. Nung barangay na nagsabi at nagalit na tsaka niya lang binuksan.
(It was a good thing that the shortcut I taught the driver would pass by the barangay hall. That’s when I asked him to stop. I got down right away and asked my family to get down, too. When I alighted, I had difficulty breathing and my heart was beating fast. My sibling also felt weak. I called someone from the barangay so the driver couldn’t get away. My father asked the driver to open the compartment but the driver refused. It was only when a barangay representative arrived did he open it.)
It wasn’t clear whether the cab driver was convicted or his crime or whether he really was trying to attempt to steal from them, but a Facebook user sent us a message, showing another post by Anne M. clarifying the issue. According to her:
Base sa paguusap sa lupon na nakapaliwanagan na kami sa barangay at nakapag usap na kami. Humihingi po ako ng tawad sa perwisyo sa hanapbuhay nila na wala din naman po akong intensyon na siraan o guluhin ang kanilang hanapbuhay. Nagampanan naman po nila ang kanilang obligasyon sa aming naranasan at wala naman pong nakita. Nagampanan ng barangay at pulisya pati ng may-ari na si Mr. Pablo Sarmiento ang kanilang obligasyon. Humihingi ako ng tawad kay Mr. Pablo Sarmiento sa nadulot ko sa kanilang negosyo. Dito ko na po tinatapos ang usapin namin tungkol sa taxi ng Lady Allen.
(I was able to talk to the authorities and the owner at the barangay, and I would like to apologize for the negative effect this incident brought to their business. I did not have any ill intentions towards them. Mr. Pablo Sarmiento, the owner of the company, fulfilled their obligation and the authorities did not find anything. I would like to apologize to Mr. Pablo Sarmiento for the distress I have caused to their business.)
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