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Laowai leaves over 20,000 RMB in cab in Guangzhou, has it all returned

Posted: 11/28/2012 7:00 am

Guangzhou has a reputation across China of being one of the country’s seedier, more dangerous cities, but that was disproved (if only for a moment) this week after a laowai left a wallet containing over 20,000 RMB plus credit cards and important documents in a taxi in Baiyun District Nov. 24 and had everything returned to him by the driver, according to Guangdong Satellite Television.

The driver told media he had driven about 100 metres when he noticed the passenger had forgotten his wallet after getting out at around 11 p.m. He immediately handed it into the company who eventually returned it to the man around 11:30 a.m on Nov. 26.

On receiving the wallet, the unidentified foreigner expressed gratitude, but the driver said he was only doing what he was supposed to do.

A European in Suzhou had a similar piece of good fortune this year, according to Mingcheng News.

The wallet that was returned to the European in Suzhou

Earlier this year, literary wunderkind Han Han wrote of how the honesty he had seen a cab driver in Taiwan display showed that Taiwan and Hong Kong were protecting Chinese culture.

Since then, several stories of cab drivers returning valuable items have emerged on the mainland, suggesting a positive trend and setting a good example to the rest of society.


Two drunken women haul Shenzhen taxi driver from vehicle, beat him for 20 minutes

Posted: 11/26/2012 7:00 am

We’ve all had disagreements with taxi drivers in China at one time or another, but two women let their tempers get the best of them and began beating a driver in Shenzhen after a dispute late last week.

Two women dragged a cab driver out of his car and beat him for around 20 minutes after last Wednesday (November 22), according to Shenzhen Satellite Television.

The women accused the driver of sexually harrassing them but the taxi company expressed doubt over these claims, noting both women sat in the back of the cab.

A representative of the taxi company, Mr. Zheng, said the cause of the dispute was the women’s inability to pay the fare after arriving at their destination.

According to one witness, the women dragged the driver out of the car and beat him for around 20 minutes. The driver did not retaliate. The witness said he could smell the alcohol on the women despite being a few yards away.

The witness also said the women accused the driver of trying to charge them 100 yuan for the journey, even though the meter was only at 50 yuan.

The driver said the reason for his non-retaliation was fear of retribution from the police. The women became increasingly rabid as they beat him and even used their high heel shoes to kick and stomp him.

Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time a Chinese taxi driver has felt the wrath of angry passengers: in a similar incident in 2010, two drunken women took their shoes off and beat a female cab driver repeatedly, according to

The installation of security cameras inside taxis, which has been planned in Shenzhen and implemented in Hangzhou and Qingdao, could help get to the bottom of such disputes.

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