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 SZNews.com
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.