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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Violent Attacks Against Cabbies.

Early last Saturday morning, 16th June, a 58 year old taxi driver was attacked by his passenger brandishing a weapon. He was viciously slashed and when he tried to retaliate, his attacker struck again. The cabbie suffered deep cuts and damaged nerves on his left arm which needed surgery. This was an unprovoked attack and the assailant did not rob or even tried to take his valuables. No one has been arrested yet.
In an earlier incident, on 8th June, a 48 year old taxi driver was beaten unconscious by his passenger simply because he drove a "lousy" car. This attacker, a 30 year Korean was arrested and police investigation is still on ongoing.
These recent violent attacks on taxi drivers clearly shows cabbies' vulnerability, with the cabbie sitting in front with his seat belts properly fastened (its the law) it is futile to even try to retaliate against aggressors who attacks from behind, worst of all with hidden deadly weapons.
Well, still thinking of taking up a taxi vocational licence and become a taxi driver? It is scary isn't it after reading what happened to the two unfortunate cabbies. Yes, it is a dangerous job, very unpredictable, afterall, who knows who or what your passengers can do to you even without any provocations simply because they are from the "cuckoo's nest".
Taxi driving is also about knowing a bit of psychology, must be tactful, alert always and some ability to judge 'body language' as well as through simple dialogue. Overall appearance is not always a safe guide. Through experiences all these years plying my trade, I must admit I am lucky not to have encountered 'psychotic or mad' passengers.

4 comments:

  1. Agreed Uncle Frank, very scary this kind of incidents can happened. Quite nerve wracking especially newbie TD like myself. Haiz....

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    1. Hi Haiz..., yes scary, life is unpredictable, it can happen to the best of us. Wise to be alert at all times and I think tactfulness is very important. Anyway, welcome to taxi drivers' world. Enjoy yourself and be happy.

      Warm Regards,
      Uncle Frank

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  2. What provokes them into doing things like this. I have a huge respect for taxi drivers, no matter what car they drive!

    Some passengers need to ask themselves this "what would I do if there were no taxi drivers?"

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    1. Hi Pam, yes, there is always the good, the bad and the ugly in all of us. Sarcasm, likes and dislikes, attitude problems, sensitiveness etc are hidden causes that provokes without us even realizing it till the inevitable happens. No taxi drivers? Waah, big problem! More walking exercises, other different modes of transportation and more stricter time discipline have to come into play. Sing Que sera sera.... whatever will be will be.....

      Very Best Wishes to you,

      Cheers,
      Uncle Frank

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