Shanghai Cabbie Tries To Charge 2,300 Yuan For 4-Kilometer Ride

Shanghai cab overcharges

If you ever run a scam, please note that overcharging by roughly 8,000 percent will probably get you caught. That’s the sort of greed that’s plain reckless.

In Shanghai last month, as reported on Sunday, a cab driver charged a Japanese passenger 2,300 yuan for a 4-km ride in Pudong. But there’s a happy ending here, as 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.

We’re not sure why the passenger agreed to fork over 2,300 yuan for a 20- to 30-kuai ride, which, seriously, is an 8,000-percent markup (GT suggested the driver may have intimidated the passenger). One also wonders: how does a meter even go up that high, that fast? Did it happen in real-time? Were the numbers changing at a cartoonish pace, until the T-I-L-T showed on the meter?

Earlier this month, we learned about a Chinese student who was charged $4,240 for a cab ride from O’Hare, a mark-up of a mere 1,800 percent, give or take. To the best of our knowledge, that student has not gotten his money back.

Cabbie charges rider 2,300 yuan (Global Times)

    2 Responses to “Shanghai Cabbie Tries To Charge 2,300 Yuan For 4-Kilometer Ride”

    1. benji

      Zhou is the parent of the Chicagi kid who got ripped off, he was simply trying to recover from the the Little Japonese whats due to the great race.


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