Israeli tourists charged $22 for 3km ride in Da Lat

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/13/2017 09:59 GMT + 7

A taxi operator in Da Lat City in the Central Highlands’ Lam Dong Province has been fined and had its driver suspended from work for overcharging two foreign tourists earlier this week.

Vina Gold was slapped with a civil fine of VND7 million (US$308) after one of its driver charged two Israeli women VND510,000 (US$22.5) for a 3km ride on Wednesday.

The dishonest cabbie was also suspended for two months, the provincial transport department said on Friday.

On May 10, the Israeli, Gadot Sharon, 21, and Sheeff Ayelet, 20, hailed a Vina Gold taxi to go from Phuong Hanh Hotel to a local homestay service owned by Huynh Ngoc Diem Trang.

“The distance is around 3km and costs no more than VND40,000 (US$1.8),” Trang told Tuoi Tre.

As per her service’s policy, Trang would refund the taxi fees for guests on their shuttle to her house.

However, upon learning her Israeli guests were asked to pay VND510,000 for the ride, or tenfold the normal rate, Trang immediately filed a complaint to Vina Gold, asking for a refund.

The cab operator agreed to refund the overcharged money to Trang, but refused to admit that their driver had transported the two Israeli tourists, even though the CCTV footage proved otherwise.

It was not until the provincial transport department looked into the case that the cab company admitted all responsibility in the wrongdoing and suspended the driver in question.

The driver said he had thought the VND510,000 sum included ‘bonus’ for him, whereas the tourists said it was meant to pay for the homestay service fee. The cabbie was supposed to give the sum to Trang after deducting his ride fare, but he kept all for himself.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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