Getting paid double

Singapore November 23rd, 2007

After almost 1 month, I wonder how many people would have forgotten about it – the incident that got many Singaporeans furious; one that shamed the people involved in their home countries. Did you guess the Trishaw Man incident? Well, you are right.

Apparently, someone asked Bo Davis to write to the New Paper to get his apology published. I didn’t remember reading that article back then, so I really wonder how effective that was.

However, I didn’t manage to come across it in the end, and he’s willing to pay double of the fare. Is it time to forgive and forget?

And oh, they are still claiming that they did pay the Trishaw Man $10 before they left…

IT has been suggested to me by a Singapore resident that it would be a good idea to forward my apology to The New Paper.

I offer my sincerest apologies to Mr Lee, his son and everyone who has been offended.

It was very disrespectful and insensitive to make fun of an old man. If you knew us, you’d realise that we are actually nice guys.

On that night, we’d had a few beers, were slightly drunk and needed to get back to our hostel. So we began walking up the street looking for a taxi.

The trishaw rider was waiting at the side of the road and suggested we take his taxi.

At first, we declined as we wanted an actual car, but he insisted we get in.

I thought, okay, I’d never been on one before and told him our destination. He said $10, which was fine.

After setting off, I did start laughing. I was a little drunk and thought it was funny how slow we were going.

I did actually ask the driver if I could peddle before we got the camera out.

So after travelling hardly any of the distance agreed, I could see that it was stupid for us to continue and said we should get out.

We had only travelled around a quarter of the agreed distance so I, at that time, thought $5 was reasonable.

Bearing in mind that we’d just come from Thailand where drivers initially charge way over the odds and it’s customary to haggle.

I don’t know why Mr Lee said we didn’t pay, when in the end we gave him the $10.

I know I was laughing, but I wouldn’t dream of not paying for the ride. That would be unforgivable.

The camera cuts out before we actually leave the trishaw, but I can guarantee that we paid the $10 before we left.

I don’t mind paying Mr Lee an extra $10 as an apology via bank transfer.

My utmost apologies again to Mr Lee and his son. If it were my dad with three young guys laughing at him, I’d want to find out who they were and speak my mind.

But I just want to confirm again that we did pay.

Bonard Davies

Article obtained from The Electric New Paper dated 17th November 2007 on 23rd November 2007

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