9.14.2012

Beware of this Basic Taxi Driver

I would have just keep mum about this issue but then this driver has driven me to the point-of-no-return.

Here's the whole story:

I was with my office mate Don in getting this taxi. Because we live in different ways, I didn't ask him to ride with me anymore.

I rode on this Basic Taxi with Plate No. TXD 443 in front of Microtel Acropolis - Libis along E. Rodriguez Ave. in QC, some minutes away from our office. I decided to ride the taxi there to somehow accompany Don in riding the jeep in the same area.

As I ride in the taxi, I told him my drop-off point and the way to take. He agreed to it. At first...

Then along came the usual M-H traffic in C-5-Ortigas area. He didn't take the fly-over, thus us being stopped by the traffic lights along the way. Then Tiendesitas - J. Vargas area came, with a much heavier traffic. He suggested to take Shaw route via Tiendesitas and J. Vargas - Meralco Ave. I insisted at first but seeing the somewhat smooth flow inside Tiendesitas I agreed.

Then traffic said hello again to us, along J. Vargas - Meralco Ave. Somehow it's still tolerable. I even sang with the classic songs played over the radio... Not until the driver took a left turn to Oranbo - Ultra Area and then tried to go back again to C-5 area.

I asked him, "Manong, saan ho kayo dadaan? [Manong, what route are you going to take?]". He said that he will go back to C-5- Bagong Ilog area. I insisted, saying that that's the original route I told him to take and then he insisted to take the Shaw one. I told  him to go back to Shaw for it's the route he wanted to take up first, and that he should take the Kapitolyo-Brixton route to Mandaluyong. Good thing he listened. And I thought this will be the end of this nightmare.

We were moving swiftly, but with a little traffic congestion along Shaw-Kapitolyo and Brixton Sts. As we were nearing to take the right turn to Reliance St., he then stepped on the accelerator and off we went to the inner streets of Kapitolyo, Pasig. He even stopped at one corner to ask a passer-by to ask for directions and where does the street go to, with me being just silent at the back seat. Because I know those streets, I blurted to him to take a U-turn and just go back to where we were before taking that route.

And I thought all along he knew those streets! He asked me for the directions for us to go back to Reliance. Irritable as it seems, I told him the directions, with the comment "Manong, kakaraan lang ho natin dito. Di niyo man lang natandaan yung dinaanan nyo? [Manong, we just passed-by here. Don't tell me you can't even remember these streets?]".

And in that part, I felt and thought surely that this driver just want to have some more fare added to the taxi meter that I currently have during those times.

We drove back to Reliance, and as swift as it goes, with some minor traffic congestion along Pioneer, I got home in about 20 minutes. No traffic at all in Mandaluyong area!

As I near my place, I decided to take some pics of this rude driver. I was also thinking if I should get a pic of the driver's ID but hesitated till the last minute. But good thing I changed my mind.

I handed to him my fare, Php300.00 [because of all the things he done, my normal taxi fare from Eastwood till home is up by Php100.00; it's supposed to be only Php200.00, with all the traffic and stuff]. My gosh!

Before I went down, I asked for his name. He said he is Manuel Chan. I asked back, "Can I take a look on your ID?". He answered back, "I don't have any". Of course, that's impossible, I answered back, "You're driving around yet you don't have a driving license?". Upon hearing those remarks, he then gave this Company ID.

Poor company for having you as their employee.
As I take the picture, he then blurted out, "Magsumbong ka lang, kahit sa pulis [You can complain anywhere, even on the police]". Sad to say, I don't need the police. I just have to go straight to this driver's company and make my complains there.

Just as I stepped out of the taxi, he moved forward. What a coward! He almost made me stumble on the ground. I held on the door for some minutes and vented all the anger and shouted at him, "Manong, kung ayaw niyo ng traffic, wag kayong mag-driver. Walang pasaherong may gusto ng traffic. [Manong, if you don't want to get bugged by the traffic, might as well quit being a driver. No passenger has liked the traffic also]" and then I slammed the door at him. He hurriedly left the area, stepping onto the accelerator. I almost got wet with the impact of the wheels on the stagnant water in the walkway.

As I entered the house, I told everything to my older brother, who luckily listened to me earnestly and gave his opinions. Of course, I would have wanted to do those things but I'm also after my safety. Then he just watched me with my every move.

What move am I saying? As I've said awhile ago, I made a complain to their office. I got their office's number in the taxi but it's always busy. I tried looking in the internet and luckily stumbled on their website. I dialed the number and viola, I talked to one of their employees.

I narrated the events, short but surely. They radioed him but cannot be contacted. For sure he knows I'm making my move. The person on the other line told me to call again after 5 minutes but I insisted to stay on the line. They tried to still contact him but to no avail they can't. He might have turned the radio off.

Basic Taxi Plate No. TXD 443
Body No. 802 (if I heard it correctly)
One thing that they assured me of is that he will be reprimanded. Sorry but I don't want to settle with that. I want him suspended. Why? If he was just being reprimanded he can still do it to other passengers, whereas if he will be suspended it will leave a mark for sure.

As much as I would like to stay anonymous, they can't suspend the driver without a proper complain done by the passenger. Leaving me with no choice, I gave them my name and home number. With that, they can update me IF EVER an action will be implemented against him.

I want to share this post, long as it seems, to everyone who's always riding the taxi. it happened to me in broad daylight, right after work. Good thing that I know the route he tried to take. Pity on him for I am a daughter of an Engineer-slash-Former-Taxi-Driver and so thankful that I am streetwise.

Believe me, I really, really, REALLY tried to stay as calm as possible and just enjoy the ride since it was drizzling and there are classic songs on the radio waves, making me feel emotional all of the sudden. But with the turn of events, with the driver getting irritated at first with the traffic when he was the one who suggested to take the route, till the mishaps on the roads to take, who will not get irritated with this. His last remark to me was also the most irritating thing I heard awhile ago. Instead of asking for forgiveness, he dares me to even go to the Police Station. As if I will concede from his challenge.

I just hope that this will serve as a lesson to all taxi drivers out there who want to do something to their passengers, be it taking a different route then making it like they're lost, or having a very fast taxi meters.

We passengers can only not just go to the Police or to your company's offices. We have the Internet, where information is spreading faster than your lousy excuses.

As I've said to some people I've already talked online, I only lose some bucks. But with this post [and if it gets viral], the driver and its company will lose its name, which is bysofar more valuable to any company than money.

But of course, money is still valuable as it seems.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iha, tagalog na lang. Nagkandaligaw-ligaw din ako sa Ingles mo eh.

Sa susunod, kung nagsususpetsa ka na, pahintuin mo sa malapit sa isang police station, o barangay hall, bayaran mo at bumaba ka na. Pagbaba mo tsaka mo sya sigawan at pagalitan kung gusto mo, hindi ka na nya magagawan pa ng kahit anong masama.

Pero iha, tagalog na lang kung puwede?

Ma. Angelie Maglana said...

citizenpinoy: pasensya na po kung anu man po ang naidulot ng post na ito sa inyo.

nabanggit na po sa akin yang mga sinabi niyo ng mga mahal ko sa buhay. dahil galing trabaho at ang tanging nasa isip na lang ay makapagpahinga, di ko na naisip ang mga sinabi niyo.

pero salamat sa paggugol ng oras sa pagbasa ng post na ito.

Joji Kaneko said...

nako ingat ka angelie. ano sabi ni bri dito? dami talagang ganyan sa ortigas.

Anonymous said...

I don't get why would someone bother on commenting on this post just to influence you on what language to use? Hell, post something on FRENCH or even Beki Language if you can.

POLICE STATION, BARANGAY HALL? Dont you have an equivalent tagalog translation for such? Yeah, yeah. i get it. You're so practicing hypocrisy.

Ma. Angelie Maglana said...

Joji: ayun po, pinagsabihan at tinuruan ako ng gagawin pero wala na ding nagawa. Ingat na alng daw po ako.

Anonymous said...

citizenpinoy: ang yabang mo naman mag salita!

Nararapat siguro na mag sorry ka kay Anglie kasi hindi mo naman siya kilala. Imbes na tumulong ka, minaliit mo pa siya.

Kawawa na nga yung bata ng kuwekuwento lang naman siya ng masama niyang karanasan nakuha mo pa pansinin yung english niya?

Angline ipasa-Diyos mo na lang yung driver na yun, sayang naman kung pag aksayahan mo pa ng panahon at oras mauuwi lang sa wala.

Angeline salamat sa blog entry mo, God Bless.

Ma. Angelie Maglana said...

Anonymous 2: thank you po sa comment niyo.

Opo, ipapasa-Diyos ko din po yung nangyari pero mas ok din pong nakagawa ako ng aksyon para malaman po ng mga drayber dyan na di aanga-anga at bobo mga nagiging pasahero nila. Di lahat umaayon lang sa gusto nila kahit mali naman ang gawain nila.

Thank you po ulit sa pagbasa sa post na ito.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to share my personal experienced in Manila from NAIA Terminal-3 to Kapitolyo Pasig City, we ride the Basic Taxi with Plate No. UVK 270.

Me: Manong, Kapitolyo Pasig po sa C5 po tayo dadaan kasi matrapik ngayon sa EDSA.
Driver: Matrapik talaga ngayon Sir, kayo na po ang bahala na magdag.

Then on our way to Sales Road to Lawton Ave. he suddenly turn right as I know ang exit nun ay going to Magallanes papuntang EDSA, kaya sabi ko.

Me: Manong, ba’t kayo kumanan? Diretso kayo papuntang McKinley Hills doon ang exit natin papuntang C5.
Driver: Sir, doon din ang punta nito matrapik kasi dyan.
Me: Dumiretso ka! Putang-ina mo loko ka ah!

So wala siyang nagawa at pumihit upang dumiretso, ngunit pagdating na naman sa may stop light Cor. G. Juliano Ave. kakaliwa naman siya papuntang Chino Roces Ave. Extension at alam ko hindi na naman sa C5 ang exit ng daan na yon, nagmura na ako ulit!

Me: Manong! Putang-ina mo, sabi kona sayo dumiretso ka huwag kang mangloloko porke’t bisaya ang pasahero mo akala mo hindi ko alam ang daan, huwag kang kumaliwa diretso! Putang-ina!
Driver: Sir, C5 din po ang labas natin kung dito tayo dadaan.
Me: Sabi ng diretso, mas marunong kapa sakin ah! Putang-ina mo!(Talagang hindi ko na napigilang magmura ng pinakamalutong na mura). Ang tatanda mona hindi ka pa rin nagtanda manloloko kang driver ka! Isang liko mo pa tatamaan ka na sakin!(Kinuha ko ang Plate No. upang tumawag sa LTFRB, lintik! wala pala akong load pangtawag sa hotlines).

So dumiretso lang kami at wala na siyang magawa at dumating kami ng Kapitolyo at binayaran ko lang kung magkano ang nasa metro.

To all my FB friends, mas mabuti siguro huwag na kayong sumakay ng Basic Taxi lalong-lalo na sa UVK 270. Hindi ko nakuha ang name ng driver kasi hindi nakasabit ang kanyang ID but this information is enough upang hindi tayo maloloko ng mga Taxi Driver. Sa mga bisayang katulad ko, kung hindi pa ninyo kabisado ang Maynila mas mabuting Yellow Taxi ang sakyan ninyo mas safe sumakay sa kanila.

Ma. Angelie Maglana said...

to Anonymous, thank you for sharing your experience to this post. You can share this to everyone on your FB account since I made this to disseminate information to such modus operandi.