Fees for keeping cars in Ha Noi are quite high, about VND200,000-300,000 (US$9.50 to 14) per day, so many owners are on the lookout for a place to quietly park their vehicles, illegally if must be. But, of course, they sometimes meet problems if they do find such a place.
Last Tuesday, a five-seater car was surrounded by more than 10 garbage carts when left in the wrong place in front of the 24T1 Building on Hoang Dao Thuy Street in Ha Noi's Thanh Xuan District. It seems that the "garbos", angry about the illegally parked cars that also obstruct their work, placed their carts around the car as a warning to the driver.
The driver not only wasted time trying extricate himself from carts, but also faces a fine from the police. The smell of the smelly two-wheeled vehicles was a separate, street level punishment.
Those with money to buy cars should also perhaps save some cash to pay for parking. Most cars clog the roads with only one or two passengers inside, so it seems right that they should pay for the privilege.
Anyone lost a bag?
Nguoi lao dong (Labourer) newspaper said that a family of seven last Tuesday took a Vietnam Airlines flight from the northern city of Hai Phong to HCM City, but forgot a bag on the luggage trolley in the taxi pick-up area.
Tan Son Nhat Airport security forces used loudspeakers to try and find the owner, but no one responded, so the bag was transferred to the Southern Airport Authority. In the afternoon on the same day, Vu Ngoc Quang, 47, who is a worker with Hai Phong Customs Department, went to the authority to receive the bag, and described his personal things, which tallied with the things in the bag checked by the authority. He said his possessions included two life-jackets.
Vietnam Airlines checked and confirmed that it had lost three life-jackets from the seats used by the family on the plane. One life-jacket was later accounted, but the other two were the two found in the bag Quang claimed.
When the authorities were preparing to fine Quang VND5 to10 million ($230-470) for stealing the life-jackets, he refused and said that someone, maybe airport workers, had put the life-jackets into his bag.
So what really happened? Who knows! The case is now being examined by Ward 2 Police in Tan Binh District. — VNS