29 Jul '11, 1am

Hey people, the police won't arrest if you refuse to pay the taxi fare.

LAST week, a passenger - who is a foreigner - refused to pay the S$7.80 taxi fare. I then drove her to a police post. As I was lodging a report, she ransacked the glove apartment while in my taxi. This was witnessed by an officer. The police asked the passenger to pay but she refused repeatedly. They asked for her passport or a valid document but she said she did not have any on her and gave only a telephone number. She was allowed to go free despite all this. I was told by the police to contact my taxi company for assistance and that it was "a small matter and the police have bigger roles". My company's response later was: There is nothing it could do (although it is willing to compensate the amount). I asked the police, for instance, about the lack of checks on whether my passenger had valid documents to stay in Singapore and what protection there is for cabbies who face...

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