A video of a dispute between a Hong Kong taxi driver and two passengers who reportedly threw up inside his taxi quickly went viral after they were seen struggling and exchanging blows in Tseung Kwan O, the New Territories.
The video showed two female passengers and a taxi driver in an argument over money that quickly turned into a physical fight, Oriental Daily reported.
It was understood that, on the journey from the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district in Central Hong Kong to Tseung Kwan O, the women threw up in the back seat of the taxi. The angry taxi driver then demanded a cleaning fee of HK$3,000 (US$382), which the women rejected, claiming they had already cleaned up the mess.
All three got out of the vehicle, and a discussion became an argument that turned into a fight. According to the video, the driver said the women did not pay the fare. The driver and the women were seen exchanging blows before he grabbed one of the women’s hands and refused to let go.
The women screamed loudly and called the police.
The incident reportedly happened a month ago, but that the video clip was sent to the newspaper on Thursday.
To San-tong, representative of the Motor Transport Workers General Union said the cleaning fee the taxi driver demanded was unreasonable.
To said that when passengers vomit inside a taxi, the driver will usually request a cleaning fee of between HK$200 and HK$300. However, To pointed out, there no law that covers such an incident.