Beware when Taking a Cab!
I heard from a friend yesterday, but I was nursing a very bad headache so I didn’t really understand what her message was about until a few hours ago.
She was robbed by a taxi driver and his accomplice:
She is okay, according to her message, and she just wanted to share the link to the news piece. I said I was glad she’s okay but that I couldn’t load the video so I didn’t know the details. Today I got to see the video, and I am horrified!
I’d taken taxis to and from work at odd hours and one of the things I was fearful for was exactly this kind of modus-operandi. No matter how careful we are, it can get difficult at times. I am just very thankful for her that she had the sense to remember the plate number, and that police acted swiftly and apprehended the thugs on the same night.
I laud my friend for being brave and not letting the bad guys get away with what they did. Others would have given up and just gone home. I want to hug her and reassure her. And to greet her an advanced happy birthday. But I’ll see her very soon.
To every one else, please stay safe, and beware. Call your trusted cab companies like World/Cord. Or use that app for iOS/Android called Grab a Taxi or something. I know it’s no guarantee, but it’s a start.
October 21, 2013 @ 11:21 am
I have read several FB shares about the Taxi holdup modus. They are using a chemical that can make someone unconscious or weak. Kaya sis please take care. Sabi nga ipakita mo daw na nittake note or tinatandaan mo un cab plate number. Or kunwari tawag ka sa friend or family mo na you are riding a cab and give them the plate number.
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October 22, 2013 @ 7:39 pm
this is one of the things i worry about… even for my college boys. it has become a regular thing these days. *sigh* i’m glad your friend is safe and had the presence of mind to take note of the cab’s plate number.
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October 23, 2013 @ 9:36 am
naku, Christmas is around the corner and I’m sure, mas marami na namang schemes ang mga cab drivers magkapera lang. ingat na lang sa lahat!
October 23, 2013 @ 1:45 pm
Kakatakot na talaga sumakay ng taxis nowadays.
I heard that one way to do once you ride a taxi is be alert and text a friend or family member the plate number and other information about the taxi.
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October 24, 2013 @ 6:59 am
Glad that your friend is safe, sis. Nakakatakot. Right, maraming trending ngayon sa FB about yung mga new modus ng mga taxi drivers, like yung chemical sprays nga daw. Dati, when I was still working and midnight na ako nakakauwi, no choice but to ride a cab, pero I choose yung mga cab na merong operator, never ako sumasakay sa mga white na taxi, madalas daw kasi colorum yun and malaki chance na baka maholdap ka nga. You take care, sis ha.
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October 25, 2013 @ 9:23 am
This is really scary! I take the taxi too regularly but I make sure I use those call-a-taxi services. I think we have to encourage our friends to get those services for safety.
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October 25, 2013 @ 1:18 pm
There are many modus operandi that you become paranoid already. I live in the province and we rarely hear of tricycle holdup (no taxis in my place)but it horrified me when I learned of a modus in the SMNorth-Buendia FX route which my friends took when we were there. It did not happen to us, thank God! But still, it was scary to read about it.
Ingat palagi, Vera!
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October 25, 2013 @ 8:33 pm
I don’t know why there are a lot of taxi horror stories recently. Are we just too aware and concern of everyone else’s safety so we openly share our experiences? Or talagang madami lang ngayon? It’s so scary. I take a cab to and from work because it is more convenient and practical than taking the car from the south. Pero with these stories… I’m seriously thinking of taking the car instead.
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October 26, 2013 @ 10:42 am
now that holiday season is fast approaching we should take extra careful when taking a cab, i think more safe if you’re not alone..
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October 26, 2013 @ 8:04 pm
I heard this story from a friend. Then one time i rode a taxi from work, the smell is really different then i remember the modus. Good thing there was a gas mask inside my bag. Used it until i reached home 🙁 sna matigil na mga ganito
October 26, 2013 @ 10:27 pm
It’s so sad when people take advantage of their customers like that… Glad they were caught.
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