I wish I didn’t have to write about this crap anymore but this situation keeps repeating itself no matter how well I handle it. What I really wish is to obliterate these experiences from my life so I don’t have to feel so unnecessarily frustrated and angry sometimes… but I’m afraid that might have to take leaving HK to happen.
Something is horrendously wrong with the attitudes of Hong Kong taxi drivers, and this time around you can’t blame me anymore because I was perfectly calm and collected in this situation unlike the last time when I got dragged on the street by a horrible little monster of a taxi driver.
Yesterday I arrive from Macau at Sheung Wan and get in a taxi at the queue. As soon as I say “Caine Road” to which he lets out an angry huff I knew this would be trouble. We drive all the way to Caine Road and I’m FaceTiming my high school girlfriends on my phone. I open my wallet and I only had a HK$500 note in it. I’m already thinking, shit…
Of course he didn’t have change. He completely loses the plot and screams at me that I should have told him that I only had HK$500 in my wallet. What, that’s my responsibility?! They only have one f*cking job in the world and he can’t even prepare change? Isn’t that a normal situation in a cab, client pays, cab driver gives change? Especially since he’s queuing up in the Macau Ferry Terminal, many people would have just withdrawn money from the bank coming from Macau.
So he starts screaming his head off that I should call my family or friends to come down and pay him with change. Seriously? Like I would bother my cousins to come down because what, we all owe it to him to give him the exact change? The bloody nerve of these people.
I tell him, “look I’m going to 7-11 to get change okay.”
“NO!!! NO YOU CANNOT CANNOT, LEAVE YOUR BAG HERE NO !!”
I ignore him and get out, walk to 7-11. He of course follows me screaming abuse at the top of his lungs. At least he didn’t grab me this time. My friends on FaceTime were all appalled and I kept apologizing at this point to them.
He’s screaming at me following me all the way to 7-11 where I buy a bottle of water and get change. I go to him and ask him, “sorry how much was that?”
“I DON’T KNOW YOU GO BACK TO TAXI SEE THE MEE-TAH!!!!!”
So I have to go back to the taxi and check the meter. Hand him a 50 note (it was 42) and didn’t bother getting change. I then walk away, hoping against hope that some part of him is ashamed at his scum-like behaviour.
Again, I wonder if he would act as aggressively if I were not a small, young girl. But I am sick and tired of being bullied and abused – the biggest detractor from my HK experience has been the horrific and disgusting attitude of many locals here who scream and snap at you for no reason, because they’re really just nasty to the bone. I may come off like too much of an opinionated and argumentative person but I actually try to treat everyone with respect and courtesy. I just don’t allow people to give me shit.
Try living your day to day life normally and then throw in unavoidable encounters with despicable people at every turn whether it’s checking something out at the supermarket or getting a ride home when your feet are tired.. I mean, I mostly walk or take the MTR/UBER everywhere and try to insulate myself from nasty people by keeping a nice circle of friends but they still manage to pierce through that bubble with their foulness…
Finally, I wish I took a photo of his license/plate but I was too busy talking to my friends to remember otherwise I would have reported him.
What would you do if you found yourself in a similar situation? Would you find it difficult to stay calm in the face of someone screaming abuse in your face even if you’ve done nothing wrong?