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Social Media humble pie: Taxi driver exonerated over abandoning Japanese tourist

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Social Media humble pie: Taxi driver exonerated over abandoning Japanese tourist

 

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The Thai tourist police have said that a taxi driver - slammed on social media for allegedly dumping a Japanese tourist miles from her destination - is a good guy. 

 

The TPB website said there were many good taxi drivers out there and Lamyai Aranmit, 52 was one of them.

 

He was seen flanked by Lt-Gen Theeraphon of the tourist police and Lt-Gen Surachate "Big Joke" chief of immigration. 

 

A social media furor erupted last week after the tourist was "rescued" by a good Samaritan on the Thonburi side of the river after being taken there by the driver. She was given an omelet then helped back in the right direction.

 

She had wanted to just go down Sukhumvit Road. 

 

Following the social media fury directed against taxi drivers the police tracked down the driver. 

 

But he was innocent. He had been contacted via Grab taxi and been told to take the tourist to the Om Noi Soi 13 housing estate which is exactly what he did. He charged 295 baht as per the meter after following the GPS coordinates to the desired location.

 

He has all the licenses necessary and displays them appropriately. 

 

The TPB site on Facebook said it was all a misunderstanding and that the tourist and the man who helped her by giving her an omelet had been mistaken in condemning the driver. 

 

The TPB said that there are some great taxi drivers out there - but if you do find a bad one who doesn't turn on the meter or who refuses a far you can always call 1155 and the TPB will act. 

 

Posters on the TPB website suggested that people who were quick to condemn others should have some humble pie for their next meal. 

 

Source: Thai Tourist Police Bureau

 

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The report of the tourist police says she was picked up at Sukhumvit Soi 62.

Sounds like she just wanted to go to (popular) Sukhumvit Soi 13.

 

But what could "om noi" stand for?

 

Too many Soi 13 in Bangkok metro area :biggrin:

And a proof that a smart app does not substitute old fashioned technique like a business card in Thai or the like.

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Again a new story about so bad uber taxi 

he did nothing wrong here she did 

All people there complaining about him are probably taxi no meter drivers 

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3 hours ago, SammyT said:

I have this theory that Big Joke has about 5 doppelgangers. That is the only way he could spread himself across so many cases and photo opportunities! 

He has one of these.....

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1 hour ago, Henrik Andersen said:

Again a new story about so bad uber taxi 

he did nothing wrong here she did 

All people there complaining about him are probably taxi no meter drivers 

Dont insult Uber ,it is GRAB.

Do not slur GRAB by calling them UBER 🤣

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3 hours ago, Thaiwrath said:

I would substitute the word 'great' with decent, and emphasise the word 'some'.

Oooh, you grammar Nazi - ha ha!

I heard it was Rudolf Hess who edited Hitler's Mein Kampf - making Hess the first true grammar Nazi.

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It’s a known reality that as long as you’re Thai you’re pretty much allowed to do whatever you want in the land of deception since they’re immune/protected by their own people and the police about no matter what crime they’ve committed ! Simply disgraceful 🤦🏻‍♂️ Scary 😱

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The Jap must have choosed the wrong destination in grab app. 

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A little more clarity about how the tourist managed to provide totally wrong directions to the taxi driver would go a long way to dispelling the usual TV speculation, insinuation and condemnation. 

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18 hours ago, KhunBENQ said:

But what could "om noi" stand for?

 

Om-noi, Samut Sakhon. It's a district,  a place which is fairly obvious from the article, "take the tourist to Om-noi....."

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18 hours ago, Ramdas said:

It’s a known reality that as long as you’re Thai you’re pretty much allowed to do whatever you want in the land of deception since they’re immune/protected by their own people and the police about no matter what crime they’ve committed ! Simply disgraceful 🤦🏻‍♂️ Scary 😱

Er, he didn't commit a crime. 

 

And how do you explain the several hundred thousand Thai people in jail if thais are just allowed to do whatever they like as they are protected by their own people and police? 

 

The "land of deception" sounds a very scary place indeed.  Are you related to Fruitman by any chance? 

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4 hours ago, dinsdale said:

Om-noi, Samut Sakhon. It's a district,  a place which is fairly obvious from the article, "take the tourist to Om-noi....." 

I know, I read this.
But assuming she wanted to Soi 13 Sukhumvit, what could she have searched for?

First Soi 13 in a list of GRAP app?

Who knows...

As written, always better have something to show in Thai script on paper of smartphone.

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