A video of an abusive passenger verbally attacking a taxi driver has raised the ire of netizens.
In the video, the passenger, who had booked a cab from Chai Chee on March 13, could be heard scolding the driver and making unreasonable demands during his ride to Telok Ayer MRT station. He even threatened to lodge a complaint if the driver started the meter before the taxi reached the junction.
The passenger first accused the driver of failing to notice him along the main road even though he waved. Calling the driver a “blind bat”, he also chided the cabbie for allowing other vehicles to overtake them and even accused him of trying to cheat him of his money.
The six-minute video, which was uploaded by the cabbie’s daughter on All Singapore Stuff's Facebook page on Saturday (Mar 14), has since gone viral.
In a caption accompanying the clip, she wrote: "Taxi uncles are not idiots, deaf or useless, they are someone's family. They are fathers who work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, even on public holidays, so people like me and my sis get an education."
Over the weekend, outraged netizens “CSI-ed” the passenger and exposed his identity online. His photos and personal particulars such as his phone number, address, and employment details, were also revealed, though it cannot be confirmed if they are accurate.
“This is unacceptable. Taxi uncle should request that the taxi company blacklist (his) mobile number and ensure he never gets assigned a cab again. There should be zero tolerance for such abuse,” commented Joanne Yap on Facebook.
“I'm not really lost for words… Is the fare for this trip worth more than self-respect? I'll respect the taxi driver's professionalism to complete his booking, but such passengers should be taught a lesson,” wrote Jonson Chin.