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Frenchman Cheated by Beijing Taxi: 153km, 39 minutes, 491 RMB

A foreign passenger in a green and yellow Beijing taxi.
Photo not of those involved.
A foreign passenger in a green and yellow Beijing taxi.
Photo not of those involved.

From NetEase:

Frenchman says he was cheated by a Beijing taxi: 153 kilometers in 39 minutes

Yesterday morning, Weibo user “薇勥憇” uploaded a picture of a receipt from a Beijing taxi, and said, “A Frenchman on business in Beijing from Hong Kong was cheated by a taxi driver who picked him up at the T3 Terminal. A 30 kilometer trip was charged as 153 kilometers for 451 yuan.” This Weibo post was forwarded over 5500 times within 8 hours, and aroused the anger of many users.

This Nanfang Daily reporter noticed, this cab’s receipt time was from “21:22-22:01”, with 1 minute and 51 seconds of waiting time, which implies the cab traveled 153.8 kilometers in 39 minutes.

Beijing taxi receipt showing over 153km travelled within 39 minutes for a total fare of 491 RMB. The passenger was reportedly a Frenchman from Hong Kong in Beijing for business.

Yang Yu of CCTV commented on this microblog post saying, “When calculated, the speed reached as high as 230kph. If you had him go patrol the Diaoyu Islands at this speed, he could make the Japanese heads spin; If you had him go drive a taxi in America at this speed, he could collect all of that QE3 [Quantitative Easing 3] newly printed American money back.”

Netizen “前进_” said: “To drive 153 kilometers in half an hour, this man would have an average speed of 249 kph, which is only 9 kilometers less than the national record of 258 kph, and 30 kilometers faster than the speed required for an airplane to take off at 220 kph. Does he really want to fly?”

Shortly afterwards, this reporter called the number on the receipt and found that the number did not exist. The reporter called the Beijing Municipal Traffic Commission to inquire about the situation and learned that the receipt was receipt’s invoice number and password were real. It was from the Jinshishun Taxi Company.

The microblog post that “薇勥憇” posted afterward said Jinshishun Taxi Company refused to help find the taxi driver involved, and even claimed that their company’s receipts are often stolen.

According to the recollection of the person originally involved, while he was at the Beijing Airport’s T3 terminal waiting for a taxi, the dispatcher used English to ask him if he knew how much money the taxi fare should be. He said, “I don’t know, about 100?” The dispatcher said, “At least 300 to 500,” and then brought him to a specific taxi, and “whispered in the driver’s ear for a long time.”

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L奔看俯卧撑 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

The dispatcher said, “At least 300 to 500,” and then brought him to a specific taxi, and “whispered in the driver’s ear for a long time.” From top to bottom, everyone is scum.

zxz8515685 [网易上海市网友]:

Beijing taxi drivers can only be locals, so don’t go blaming this on waidiren this time.

网易四川省成都市网友:

This is one of the highlights of the 62% Revival of the Chinese Nation.

[Note: The “Revival of the Chinese Nation” or “Common Mission for the Revival of the Chinese Nation” figure refers to an index created by Yang Yiyong, director of the Institute of Social Development Research at the Academy of Macroeconomic Research under China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It attempts to quantify China’s progress towards becoming a first-world nation through statistical data such as China’s Gross National Income. In 2007, the figure was at 46%. Recently, it amused Chinese netizens when the figure was cited as 62%.]

singleman12 [网易重庆市网友]:

The driver clearly believed he was taking revenge for his grandfather against the Eight-Nation Alliance.

还没ID [网易北京市海淀区网友]:

A nation without integrity, from the year it began and the first 1% of the Revival [see above], fraud has been present from top to bottom [throughout society].

黑木耳收割机 [网易广东省广州市白云区网友]:

Not all Beijing people are bad; there are also some good ones.

wzopts [网易浙江省温州市网友]: (responding to above)

Beijing taxi drivers are the blackest [dishonest, greedy, corrupt] I have seen in all of China. When they screw you over, they don’t even blink, completely believing this is what the customer/passenger deserves it. I have lived in Beijing for 7 years.

草拟麻辣隔壁 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]: (responding to zxz8515685)

Indeed, Beijing’s local pure eunuchs [referring to genuine Beijingers/locals] are either taxi drivers or wait staff, those who are actually successful in life are all waidiren!

网易河北省邢台市网友:

The quality of our country’s citizens is generally low. In the future, please don’t speak of how China is a country of etiquette or a country of humbleness. Do we feel we’ve lost face [feel ashamed] yet? [And some people] still think it’s the flourishing age of the Tang Dynasty! On this, little Japan is better than China in every way.

conald0 [网易重庆市网友]:

With Beijing people being the way they are, this is no longer surprising.

网易江苏省常州市网友:

Beijing planes fly that slow!?

What do you think? Are Beijing taxis or people that bad? Have you had similar experiences?

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