Fare Fight: Woman attacks cabbie after he refuses to accept ‘damaged’ HK$500 note

Screengrab via Apple Daily.

Police are on the hunt for a foreign woman who allegedly attacked a taxi driver during an argument over a HK$500 note she used to try to pay her cab fare.

According to Apple Daily, the incident happened at 3am this morning when a 67-year-old cab driver surnamed Lee picked up a female passenger at Wyndham Street in Central and took her to High Street in Sai Ying Pun.

The cab journey would have cost about HK$30 (US$4).

The passenger tried to pay the fare with a HK$500 (US$64) note, but Lee refused saying the note was damaged and that he believed it was counterfeit.

HK01 reports that Lee asked the passenger to exchange the note, but then an argument ensued, which resulted in the female passenger getting out of the cab without paying the fare.

Lee went after her, but the passenger retaliated with apparent lightning speed, hitting him in the head, hands, and chest. The passenger then fled, and Lee called the police. He was later taken to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment for unspecified injuries.

Police are looking for a foreign woman aged 20 to 30 years old, of medium build, about 1.7 meters tall, and with short hair. She was wearing a light-colored top and dark trousers.

Police are treating the case as “assault occasioning actual bodily harm.”


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