Unpleasant experience for passengers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 August, 2002, 12:00am

On the evening of Saturday July 27, at the Kowloon Star Ferry taxi rank a man was opening doors for passengers and attempting to get a tip from them before he would close the door.

He would grudgingly close the door only after being repeatedly asked to loudly. This slowed down the loading of passengers at the busy rank and was quite unsettling for my young children.

It was disappointing that none of the numerous taxi drivers queuing at the rank had made a call on their radio to ask for police assistance to move the man along. Not only was he making the drivers queue longer than they needed to, but he was making passengers feel uncomfortable about taking a taxi.

I am sure that any tourists that were there took away a very negative impression of Hong Kong from this experience. As long as practices such as these occur and are allowed to persist by those affected, Hong Kong will never achieve its claim to be Asia's world city.

Can the Transport Department and the police ensure that this is stopped?


Sha Tin