What happens when you get a bunch of bloggers who can’t get cabs just before midnight?
They whip out their cameras and write about it.
This happened after the post-Nexus dinner party where we waited near Bugis Junction for a cab. As you can clearly see in the video, numerous available cabs conveniently drove past us, as they stalled for their midnight surcharge to kick in.
Some of us were outraged by this blatant behavior and Melvin even tried to board one of the cabs but was denied entry by a locked door. Others started noting license plates and even took photos of the cabs waiting at the traffic lights with their camera phones.
You might not be able to tell from the video, but the cab driver in question was seen trying to quickly bid for a reservation on his taxi system, so that his roof LED sign would show either busy or on call.
Should we launch a probe into such irresponsible business practices by greedy cab drivers?
In the end, we managed to hop onto a SMRT cab where Bernard complimented the driver on how only SMRT cabs seem to be available at times when competing cab companies drivers would shun away.
Aside 1: The SMRT cab driver was curious who we were, to which we replied that we were bloggers. At first he didn’t know what a “blog” was until he recalled that they (the cabbies) called it “blong”. I’m just waiting for cab drivers to start their own “blongs” soon. I think their working lives would be as colorful as the passengers they pick up, so it should be a riot!
Aside 2: Renhao blogged his own experience with “Singapore’s Bitch Clown Cab Drivers“…
Aside 3: Well, it’s now on STOMP with plenty of conflicting responses…