‘Please respect my decision’ taxi driver gives free ride to mourners

It’s no secret that it’s not easy to find a taxi driver willing to take you into the crowded Grand Palace area during this difficult time, but one kind cabbie not only drove a group of mourners to pay their respects to HM the King, but he refused to take their money.

Facebook user Ror.Chor.Tor. Poonklai posted a video of his conversation with a taxi driver when he found out that he and his friends had just got a free ride to Sanam Luang on Sunday.

The Grand Palace has opened the doors for the public to sign condolence books at the Sahathai Samakhom Pavilion through Oct. 20.

“We almost arrived at Sanam Luang, and I was about to pay him. I honest didn’t know what to say to come across a taxi driver like this man.”

That was the point. A point so important that Poonklai made the taxi driver, identified as Sorrasit Viriya, repeat it for his short video praising the man.

“What did you just say again?” Poonklai said in the video.

“I said if anyone is going to pay respect to HM the King, I won’t charge them. Please respect my decision,” the cab driver said.

Poonklai and his friends thanked the driver.

The post has gone viral with many commenters praising the charitable taxi driver.

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