The taxi driver who said he was too “lazy to drive” and kicked two Thai women out mid-ride on Saturday night was summoned to the Department of Land Transport (DLT) yesterday.
Asked to tell his side of the story, driver Narongwit Pongsapang said he picked up the two women from Soi Prawit, a small alley in Phra Khanong area, but as there was traffic and the two women were chatting loudly, he felt infuriated and decided to kick them out. Well alrighty then.
One of the two passengers, who goes by Mild Maiyara on Facebook, that night shared footage of Narongwit arguing with them outside a 7-Eleven, in which he can be heard using the “too lazy” excuse for dumping his fares.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cabbie appeared apologetic when questioned by DLT director Sukree Jarubhumi yesterday.
“I was stressed out, and there was traffic. I admit I was wrong,” he said to officials in footage that aired on multiple stations.
According to Workpoint News, Sukree said that, as this was Narongwit’s first complaint, the cabbie would not be suspended.
In the end, he was fined THB3,000 (US$100) for rejecting passengers, being rude to them, and not wearing proper attire for the job (he was seen wearing flip flops in the video, apparently a Bangkok taxi driver no no.)
Narongwit will also have to attend a three-hour training course about customer service.