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Fare row cabbie arrested after allegedly dumping passengers' valuables in nullah at Tin Shui Wai

Police divers carry out search after passengers' bags of valuables are allegedly ditched in nullah

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 6:38am

Police frogmen searched a nullah for sunken "treasure" yesterday after a dispute over a taxi fare allegedly caused a cabbie to go off the deep end.

The 34-year-old driver picked up two passengers at Chek Lap Kok airport shortly after 2am on Tuesday for the 40-kilometre journey to the Lok Ma Chau border crossing.

The passengers were laden with HK$60,000 of cameras and wine, which they put in the boot. But when they arrived at their destination, they asked to pay the HK$290 fare in yuan.

Police said the angry driver insisted on a one-to-one exchange rate, but his passengers, one of whom was from the mainland, disagreed.

So the cabbie allegedly then drove off without the money, but with their bags still in the boot.

Border district police chief inspector Tony Chan Chi-ho said the driver dumped the bags into the nullah near his home at Tin Heng Estate in Tin Shui Wai. He was arrested on suspicion of theft on Thursday and, according to Chan, said he did not intend to steal anything and had not even opened the bags. He was later released on bail.

A search for the luggage was launched in the drainage channel, but by last night it had proved fruitless. It was not clear if it would resume today.

One of the passengers, who lives in Shenzhen, said in a television interview yesterday that he had been left "very frightened and angry" by the incident.

"I thought Hong Kong was safer than the mainland. I never thought this kind of thing would happen in Hong Kong," he said, adding that he was so distraught he could not sleep for two nights. "I told the driver that even if he accepted 90 yuan (HK$113) to HK$100, he would still be in profit."

He said he would be more careful when he took taxi again in Hong Kong and would definitely avoid putting his valuable belongings in the boot.

The police said they were concerned about the alleged theft.

They appealed to passengers to take note of taxi drivers' details and the licence plate just in case.

Meanwhile, two other cabbies were arrested on Friday for not charging fares according to the meter in a police operation.

Five drivers were also given penalty tickets for refusing hires.

In one case, a police officer posing as a passenger boarded a taxi in Central and said he wanted to go to Yau Ma Tei.

The cabbie told him it would cost HK$200 and was arrested when the taxi got to Yau Ma Tei.

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tksiow
You deserve to be kicked off the bus. Imagine if I were to offer a Japanese bus driver HKD,I would be kick off the bus.
If you attempt. to pay in a foreign currency whatever the rate in US or in Euro you will be cursed with a mouthful of obscenities before being kicked off the bus.
How naive and dumb can you get.
josephyang
This is the problem with you hongkies - you do not understand sarcasm - I think the author above was trying to be funny, but unfortunately, in many cases, it takes intelligence to understand humor, and I think both tksiow and tomonday below have too low of an intelligence to understand the humor. I think you are probably too stupid to be reading an English language newspaper, please revert back to Apple Daily.
joyoung
The other day I got on a NWFB and wanted to pay in JPY, I offered 15 to 1, I figured CTF would still profit from that. The bus driver kicked me off the bus. I never thought something like that would happen to me in Hong Kong. I'd have to think twice about taking NWFB again. Maybe KMB will accept Indian rupees?
Harold Cameron
Surely this problem could have been avoided if the passengers had expressed their wish to pay in RMB before the taxi left CLK.
sydmel
Fake notes, fake notes! Local taxi drivers everywhere in this world have every reason to refuse accepting foreign currencies they know little to distinguish fake from the genuine.
pkamshinglai
But that doesn't excuse the action of the taxi driver.
chuchu59
Hong Kong is an international city and we pride ourselves on that. We are not talking about a cheap 3-dollar minibus trip from Mongkok to Tokwawan for God's sake. Its a trip from Cheklapkok, our international airport and Chinese Yuan is widely used in shopping malls in Causeway Bay. The taxi driver had the right not to accept yuan but he could not simply make off with the customer's belongings.
fsk999
I think this news report says it all: MILLIONS IN FAKE RMB FOUND IN GUANGDONG AFTER FORGERY RING SMASHED
Posted: 02/11/2013 1:57 pm
Those fake hundred-yuan notes you’ve received from time-to-time may well have come from this gang in Guangdong. They’ve finally been arrested for mass producing counterfeit cash. Police have gathered up the highly-organised group of criminals after coming across their operation and discovering fake cash worth 210 million yuan (US$33.69 million). It’s possible the group produced more, with much of it already in the system. In total, 37 people were arrested in the raids, with two rings smashed in the process.
Shadow
Racist ......very soos master will b this side with full authorized powers then you racist people.........
dynamco
even more reason for taxis to take credit cards and Octopus
taxi drivers are not money changers
the law even allows for taxi drivers deviating to a money changer at the passenger expense to obtain the legal tender for the meter which is HK$ and cents
However, this guy 'lost the plot'
maybe he took the case contents and said he dumped them
time will tell

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