By Oisin Sweeney • 07 January 2021 • 18:52
The scam was carried out by a licensed driver - Image Source: Twitter
A PAIR of tourists were scammed in the French capital when they were charged €230 for a forty-minute journey by a Paris taxi driver.
The Hong Kong natives were collected by an official Parisian taxi driver at the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport and driven to their accommodation in the central 10th Arrondissement. The forty-minute journey is usually charged a flat fare of €53, meaning the unfortunate tourists were charged over four times the standard rate.
Such scams are common in Paris but in this case, the perpetrator was an official licensed taxi driver who is now under investigation. Jean Barreira, the head of the taxi association Les Nouveaux Taxi Parisiens (LNTP), told France’s Le Figaro newspaper that the unscrupulous driver had “cast shame on our profession”.
He continued that an investigation has been launched by the LNTP and that the driver could lose his license or be banned from operating at the city’s coveted airport and train station taxi ranks “to protect our future customers”.
In 2018, two Thai tourists recorded their ordeal of being charged €200 for a 47km journey, with the video of the incident getting over 20 thousand views on YouTube.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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