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Taxi driver sacked for fleecing foreign couple

Update: May, 14/2013 - 09:52
The Ha Noi-based Thanh Nga Taxi company fined and dismissed a taxi driver who was found guilty of charging an Irish couple a fee 10 times higher than the actual fare.— VNS File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ha Noi-based Thanh Nga Taxi company fined and dismissed a taxi driver who was found guilty of charging an Irish couple a fee 10 times higher than the actual fare.

The company's inspector, Tran Duc Tri, said that Pham Van Linh, 38, got a fine of VND5 million (US$230) and was dismissed on Sunday. He has also been summoned to Hoan Kiem District's Hang Buom Ward police station for further investigations, Tri added.

Linh picked up the couple from a hotel on Hang Bong Street and took them to dinner, a distance of nearly 2km, for which he asked for VND300,000 ($14) instead of the proper cost – about VND30,000 ($1.40). He allegedly took a VND500,000 ($23) banknote from the husband but only returned a VND20,000 banknote.

The tourists then took a picture of the cab's license plate and reported the case to local authorities. — VNS



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