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A female Thai taxi driver condemned police officers for indulging two foreign tourists who refused to pay toll fees by covering the costs themselves.

 

The female taxi driver shared a video of when she engaged in an argument with police officers and two foreign women passengers on Facebook. In the video, she refused to accept money from the police and asked two foreign women to pay the toll fee.

 

The taxi driver later gave an interview with Channel 3 yesterday, February 29, explaining that two foreign women booked a ride from Soi Song Prapa 1 to Ratchanatdaram Temple via an application. She claimed that she offered two options to the passengers – one route with a toll fee and one without. The passengers chose the toll route.


The driver said she then informed passengers that the transport fee from the application was 326 baht, and they had to pay an additional toll fee. The passengers reportedly agreed, and the trip began. However, upon reaching the destination, the foreigners refused to pay the toll fee.


According to the driver, the two foreign women ran away from her car to avoid payment. She chased after them and asked people in the area to call the police.

 

The driver said officers arrived and tried to pay the toll fee but she would not accept it, saying it was wrong. She argued that police assistance would spoil foreign tourists and encourage them to repeat such behaviour. She wanted the foreign women to understand the Thai transport system.

 

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The Superintendent of the Samranrat Police Station, Thossapon Ampaipipatkul, came forward to share his opinion on the matter. He believed that the two foreign women did not intend to refuse payment, but they misunderstood due to the language barrier.

 

Thossapon agreed with the taxi driver that the police should not cover toll fees for foreigners and scolded the officers involved. However, he also understood his subordinate desired to swiftly resolve the issue to protect Thailand’s tourism image.

 

Thossapon encouraged Thai taxi drivers and app-based drivers to enhance their language skills to provide better service to foreign visitors.

 

The taxi driver did not clarify whether she eventually took the money from the police. Police did not reveal whether they clarified the toll and taxi systems to the foreigners.

 

 

by Petch Petpailin

Photo by เบื่อจัง เหงาจัง via Facebook/ อยากดังเดี๋ยวจัดให้ รีเทริน์ part 6

 

Source: The Thaiger 2024-03-02

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

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A female Thai taxi driver condemned police officers for indulging two foreign tourists who refused to pay toll fees by covering the costs themselves.

 

The female taxi driver shared a video of when she engaged in an argument with police officers and two foreign women passengers on Facebook. In the video, she refused to accept money from the police and asked two foreign women to pay the toll fee.

 

The taxi driver later gave an interview with Channel 3 yesterday, February 29, explaining that two foreign women booked a ride from Soi Song Prapa 1 to Ratchanatdaram Temple via an application. She claimed that she offered two options to the passengers – one route with a toll fee and one without. The passengers chose the toll route.


The driver said she then informed passengers that the transport fee from the application was 326 baht, and they had to pay an additional toll fee. The passengers reportedly agreed, and the trip began. However, upon reaching the destination, the foreigners refused to pay the toll fee.


According to the driver, the two foreign women ran away from her car to avoid payment. She chased after them and asked people in the area to call the police.

 

The driver said officers arrived and tried to pay the toll fee but she would not accept it, saying it was wrong. She argued that police assistance would spoil foreign tourists and encourage them to repeat such behaviour. She wanted the foreign women to understand the Thai transport system.

 

Police story

 

The Superintendent of the Samranrat Police Station, Thossapon Ampaipipatkul, came forward to share his opinion on the matter. He believed that the two foreign women did not intend to refuse payment, but they misunderstood due to the language barrier.

 

Thossapon agreed with the taxi driver that the police should not cover toll fees for foreigners and scolded the officers involved. However, he also understood his subordinate desired to swiftly resolve the issue to protect Thailand’s tourism image.

 

Thossapon encouraged Thai taxi drivers and app-based drivers to enhance their language skills to provide better service to foreign visitors.

 

The taxi driver did not clarify whether she eventually took the money from the police. Police did not reveal whether they clarified the toll and taxi systems to the foreigners.

 

 

by Petch Petpailin

Photo by เบื่อจัง เหงาจัง via Facebook/ อยากดังเดี๋ยวจัดให้ รีเทริน์ part 6

 

Source: The Thaiger 2024-03-02

 

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Oh Karen..

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This is getting beyond a joke  🤡 

The Thai authorities bending over backwards to please the tourists 

Gives the impression Thailand is obsessed with upsetting the Tourist

In getting Thailand a bad name  🤔

 

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58 minutes ago, Jackbenimble said:

so you think these two passengers who tried to run away and not pay...........are telling the truth? And automatically think the taxi driver is lying? 

Odd.

not odd at all   for anybody who has spent any time here.  

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

She claimed that she offered two options to the passengers – one route with a toll fee and one without. The passengers chose the toll route

A mountain out of a mole-hill...

Just give them the toll option at the full price inclusive of the toll fee.

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1 hour ago, BestB said:

Perfect example of pure and utter stupidity.

When they booked the ride on the app, app had a price and a route.

Now this dumba$$ driver decided to change the route and claim she explained.

putting aside both foreign women may not have been from an English speaking country , Thai driver English highly unlikely to be fluent. 
what is more , no doubt price of ride on the app would have been cheaper if using tolls as shorter distance 


that’s not true, I’ve book rides where it doesn’t go on tolls but driver advise it would be faster - of course there would be additional toll fees as explained by the driver. I took the toll. Ride apps doesn’t always go fastest route. I’ve been driving here for over 30 years, gps maps aren’t always the most accurate. Majority times ride hailing drivers don’t try to scam passengers as the price is already fixed when you book it regardless of road you take. They just want to get passenger to their destination as fast as possible so they can get more jobs.

 

In this case, the driver explained to the tourist, most likely it was a language barrier. 

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2 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

A mountain out of a mole-hill...

Just give them the toll option at the full price inclusive of the toll fee.

Price probably already  included the toll fee too,  she was more than likely just trying it on. Can't have been much more than 50 baht anyway if the cops were prepared to pay it just to shut her up.   

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10 minutes ago, Bday Prang said:

Rubbish I have paid many times with large denomination notes and never had an issue with getting change.  Toll money is  asked for at the point of payment, never at the end of the journey, that in its self is suspicious,   You should not believe all you read in the papers or online, especially anything from "The Tiger"   You should not be so quick to apportion guilt

  Have you ever been asked for the toll fee at the end of the journey ?   I very much doubt it.  

 As I clearly stated: I have never entered a toll road without the driver asking.

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She argued that police assistance would spoil foreign tourists and encourage them to repeat such behaviour. 

 

well only if it was made public, which she ensured it was

 

The taxi driver did not clarify whether she eventually took the money from the police

 

I'd say it was a racing certainty that she snatched their hands off

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3 minutes ago, cjinchiangrai said:

 As I clearly stated: I have never entered a toll road without the driver asking.

But you don't find that part of this story a little strange,  and are so quick to pronounce the tourists  guilty

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12 minutes ago, fallup88 said:


that’s not true, I’ve book rides where it doesn’t go on tolls but driver advise it would be faster - of course there would be additional toll fees as explained by the driver. I took the toll. Ride apps doesn’t always go fastest route. I’ve been driving here for over 30 years, gps maps aren’t always the most accurate. Majority times ride hailing drivers don’t try to scam passengers as the price is already fixed when you book it regardless of road you take. They just want to get passenger to their destination as fast as possible so they can get more jobs.

 

In this case, the driver explained to the tourist, most likely it was a language barrier. 

and what does your driving have to do with them booking a ride on an app and not understanding the ramblings of a taxi driver?

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