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Apparently taking inspiration from this Chicago scammer, a Shanghai taxi driver has lost his operating license after he charged a Japanese passenger 2,300 yuan for a four kilometre ride in the Pudong New Area, Global Times reports.
The Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority also required the driver, surnamed Zhao, to return the money to the passenger, according to a report in the Shanghai Law Journal.
The victim got into Zhao’s taxi last month near the Longyang Road Station on Metro Line 2 (where the MagLev lets off) and asked to be taken to the luxury Okura Garden Hotel in Huangpu district.
During the trip, Zhao stopped the car, locked the doors and told the passenger not to call the police before demanding he hand over 2,300 yuan. The passenger emptied his wallet and gave the driver 500 yuan plus 1,800 yuan worth of foreign currency.
The passenger later reported the incident to a taxi customer complaint hotline. An enforcement team from the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority used surveillance video footage and satellite tracking data to determine the victim’s taxi.
The investigators then questioned the driver, Zhao, who initially refused to acknowledge that he overcharged the passenger, but reportedly admitted when the investigators confronted him with evidence.
Chen Zhaohui, a press officer from the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority’s law enforcement team said the transportation authority advises passengers who run into similar trouble to call the police and photograph the driver and the taxi’s license plate.
By Sam Canpadee