Why are the Taxi drivers so rude

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Post by terrymc » Thu, 30 Jul 2009 9:42 pm

Your taxi was over stressed. Now there are more and more taxi drivers.
Why ? my company fired me so what job should I go for now,taxi driver of course,no need high diploma or PHD,hehe.
Now start to become chalenging to get more customers and pay the rent of the car. I'm working with taxi driver and every body in Singapore who work with taxi driver can tell you that this is very hard to handle them

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Post by dazzlebabe » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 8:44 am

which is exactly why I said don't sweat the small stuff and cut the drivers some slack.
Just me

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Post by Nath21 » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 8:50 am

I think you got attacked because in your header you said why are taxi drivers so rude which reflects more on every taxi driver rather than the one incident you.

For me I catch taxi's nearly everyday here and I believe the experience to be close to best of world service. The taxis are clean, you get a receipt, they dont rip you off on going long way around and the taxi drivers do have some good conversation although you always geta couple who seem to think just because im an expat all I want to do is go to orchard towers.

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Post by vbelle » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 9:07 am

Nath21 wrote:just because im an expat all I want to do is go to orchard towers.

hahahahhah............ :D

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Post by Zeenit » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 9:08 am

Nath21 wrote:I think you got attacked because in your header you said why are taxi drivers so rude which reflects more on every taxi driver rather than the one incident you.

For me I catch taxi's nearly everyday here and I believe the experience to be close to best of world service. The taxis are clean, you get a receipt, they dont rip you off on going long way around and the taxi drivers do have some good conversation although you always geta couple who seem to think just because im an expat all I want to do is go to orchard towers.
Sorry but I have run out of steam trying to defend myself in this thread.
If any one believes that I am wrong and deserved what happened yesterday because I am a white expat, God help me that l was mistaken for living in a HDB.......ete etc then so be it. Life is too short to keep explaining what happened.

For the record I would count myself lucky if we did live in an HBD as I think they very nice and Hougang would be the place I would go to.
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Post by Vaucluse » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 9:12 am

morenangpinay wrote:eh thank you for that life affirming moment i will forever genuflect in your presence and sprinkle flowers on the ground you walk on
You're welcome, I hope you learned something.
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Post by Plavt » Mon, 03 Aug 2009 11:03 pm

I think a few things in this thread are being blown out of proportion to the actual event. I don't see any reason for a taxi driver to shout at somebody if he or she values his/her job and customers but perhaps it wasn't intended or possibly it may have only sounded like that. One thing I notice about a good number of Singaporean taxi drivers is their command English is often not as good as the younger generation and as a result may have only sounded gruff.

Morenangpinay it seems to me that you think that every little event that unfolds in Singapore is some kind of conspiracy almost against expats? Yet a proportion of expats live a fare more privlidged life than the locals.:???: I am sure if you lived in London you would have far more to complain about than you do now (at least in Singapore you won't have seven Somalis sitting on your door-step smoking skunk along with a good many other things I could mention).:( :?

I think part of the problem as one person pointed out was the use of the word 'drivers' instead of the singular. Any job professional or otherwise has its' bad apples or people who have just had a bad day. There are times when I don't like such things but thats just the way it is.


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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 12:28 am

Plavt wrote:I think a few things in this thread are being blown out of proportion to the actual event. I don't see any reason for a taxi driver to shout at somebody if he or she values his/her job and customers but perhaps it wasn't intended or possibly it may have only sounded like that. One thing I notice about a good number of Singaporean taxi drivers is their command English is often not as good as the younger generation and as a result may have only sounded gruff.

Morenangpinay it seems to me that you think that every little event that unfolds in Singapore is some kind of conspiracy almost against expats? Yet a proportion of expats live a fare more privilidged life than the locals.:???: I am sure if you lived in London you would have far more to complain about than you do now (at least in Singapore you won't have seven Somalis sitting on your door-step smoking skunk along with a good many other things I could mention).:( :?

I think part of the problem as one person pointed out was the use of the word 'drivers' instead of the singular. Any job professional or otherwise has its' bad apples or people who have just had a bad day. There are times when I don't like such things but thats just the way it is.

Sometimes, one would be better placed to just observe rather than butt in where one does not have a whole lot of experience in Singapore to make a judgment call.

I can verify that not only do some of them raise their voices, but also I've had one who, after picking me up and starting the meter, indicated he was going to go a kopi shop to get something to eat and I could wait in the taxi while he got something to eat.

Needless to say, we had a bit of a row which ended with me being threatened by the driver that he was going to go to the police station. To which I replied, please do. He did and of course, the Patrolman indicated that the taxi driver should reset his meter and then take me directly to where I wanted to go without any meandering or other foolishness and he gave me his card with his number on it in case the driver didn't. Needless to say, it was a very unhappy driver, but tough. Happened outside of the YCK MRT station.

So, as I said, it does happen here but Zeenit's only error was stereotyping "all" drivers and Morenangpinay, agreeing also came under flack just because she is an Asian Expat and a couple people like to bait her because she's game and fights back which some here find a little hard to handle. My take? Good on her!
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Post by Plavt » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 1:16 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote: Sometimes, one would be better placed to just observe rather than butt in where one does not have a whole lot of experience in Singapore to make a judgment call.
Oh do give over sms will you, I haven't made a judgement call and experience? Wtf are you talking about? The scenario outlined could happen anywhere. In any case where did I say or make any inference that taxi drivers don't shout? All I said was I don't see any reason for the taxi driver to shout. Maybe you need some new glasses? :P :lol: :tongue: :devil:

I am not interested in your experiences as that is subjective, my point should you care to read it properly is simply based on what I have observed here.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 7:26 am

Plavt wrote:should you care to read it properly is simply based on what I have observed here.
And that is exactly what I was referring to. "Here" for you is the UK but we are in Singapore and there are no Somalies smoking skunk on our doorsteps. :wink: Bit of a different kettle of fish wouldn't you think? If Singapore is supposed to be soo much better off than the UK then we shouldn't have any instances of the type that have now been related by both zeenit and now myself as well. Ergo, she has a fair gripe.

Anyway, I gotta go to work.....
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by Plavt » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 1:09 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Plavt wrote:should you care to read it properly is simply based on what I have observed here.
And that is exactly what I was referring to. "Here" for you is the UK but we are in Singapore and there are no Somalies smoking skunk on our doorsteps. :wink: Bit of a different kettle of fish wouldn't you think? If Singapore is supposed to be soo much better off than the UK then we shouldn't have any instances of the type that have now been related by both zeenit and now myself as well. Ergo, she has a fair gripe.

Anyway, I gotta go to work.....
Now you really are waffling; as I said the incident outlined could happen anywhere. Not only is your grammar and spelling atrocious by your admission :P looks like your reading comprehension is heading much the same way. :P Maybe you should become a reporter for The Sun. :lol:

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Post by Edroche » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 1:45 pm

Zeenit wrote:I had a driver that collected me at The Tanglin Club today and argues about where I lived. He then said its only HDB there.........which is not true. This went on for about 5 minutes he took the long way and overcharged me.

I have complained to Trans Cabs about his overcharge and attitude.
Have anyone had similar problems?
I think cab drives get a bad rep over here. Put yourselves in their shoes, get up at all hours, stuck in a cab plus have people barking at them. It is a hard job and frustrating. Sure they are negative but ask yourself how they get like that. They are giving back what they get from others, especially us expats.

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Post by bgf » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 3:35 pm

Think you were just unlucky
The whingers and bashers are on the wrong forum google and go join the other expat one where all they do is moan
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Post by TommyD » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:56 pm

Zeenit, i understood your first post. Don't worry about all the keyboard warriors here.

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Post by maneo » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 3:11 am

Now wasn't that entertaining.
Even the mods got on each other's case.

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