Why are foreigners beating Singaporeans taxi drivers?

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Arshad Kamil

Singapore, Singapore

#1 Jan 28, 2014
Two weeks' jail for man who beat up cabby over $20 fare
Published on Nov 20, 2013

By Ian Poh

A 31-year-old commodities broker who beat up a taxi driver over about $20 in fares was on Wednesday sentenced to two weeks in jail and ordered to pay $5,000 compensation to his victim.

Briton Elliott Raymond Pitcher argued with Mr Gui Hwee Meng, 59, over the route to take to his home in Gilstead Road and hit the cabby on the head after he almost missed a turn. He later kicked and punched the cabby after a dispute over the mode of payment. The attack knocked the man's spectacles off, and left him bleeding and bruising on his head...

Arshad Kamil

Singapore, Singapore

#2 Jan 28, 2014
Passenger beats cabby unconscious
Thursday, Jun 7, 2012

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 30-year-old Korean man, who lost his temper and beat up a taxi driver until he was unconscious, yesterday morning.

The man, who was upset by a broken door handle, had also yelled at the driver for driving a "lousy car".

The 48-year-old driver was taken to the hospital after his encounter with the irrate customer outside a hotel in Pasir Panjang.

In an interview with Shin Min Daily News, the injured driver said that he had picked up the passenger after receiving a telephone booking.

He said that the passenger, who spoke fluent English, shouted at him to drive to the airport, and threw his luggages into the car boot.

Although the driver tried to coax him, the angry passenger refused to calm down, even breaking a door handle by forcefully pulling open the door.

When this happened, the driver decided to call the police as the man's behaviour seemed unstable.

When the man saw the driver step out of the taxi, he demanded to know why he was not taking him to the airport.

Just then, the fired-up man also discovered the taxi driver trying to snap a photograph of him.

It was then that the angered man charged at the taxi driver, knocked off his spectacles and punched him repeatedly on his head and back.....

Arshad Kamil

Singapore, Singapore

#3 Jan 28, 2014

According to Shin Min Daily News, the taxi driver blacked out but soon regained consciousness.

When the passenger saw the taxi driver standing up, he ran up towards him and started to attack him again until he begged for the man to stop.

The police arrived just as the man was trying to retrieve his bags from the car boot. Comfort Delgro spokesperson told Shin Min Daily News that the taxi driver did not provoke the passenger.

The company would help the driver with medical bills and work with the police for investigations.

Arshad Kamil

Singapore, Singapore

#4 Jan 28, 2014
Bank director fined $4K and ordered to pay $1K to cabby he punched
Published on Nov 08, 2013

By Elena Chong

A banking director was fined $4,000 and ordered to pay $1,000 compensation on Friday for assaulting a taxi driver two years ago.

Briton Mason Robert Alford, 41, admitted to punching Mr Tan Chin Huat, 58, in the face along the East Coast Park expressway on Dec 14, 2011. The court hard that Mr Tan picked up Alford, the regional head of the Asia-Pacific region for credit analysis, near Lau Pa Sat hawker centre at about 1am that day. Alford, who was reeking of alcohol, told the driver to go to Eastwood condominium in Bedok....

hong meng

Singapore, Singapore

#5 Feb 5, 2014
Technical manager jailed two weeks for pushing cabby on the head

Published on Feb 06, 2014

By Elena Chong

A technical manager was jailed for two weeks on Thursday for pushing a taxi driver on the head in a road rage incident.

Christopher Gordon Sang, 43, a Briton, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to Mr Liu San Chuang, 65, outside the entrance of Dahlia Park condominium along Flora Drive in Upper Changi on July 19 last year.


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