A taxi motorcyclist blocked a passenger from using a Grab Bike service on Friday evening and came under strong criticisms by Facebook users after a clip of the aggression went viral.
A Facebook user using the account name Vee Thunyavee posted a clip on her Facebook wall of a taxi motorcyclist blocking her and a Grab Bike driver from leaving a soi near Chaksu Rattanin Hospital and Srinakharin Wiroj University at 5pm on Friday.
By Saturday afternoon, the clip had been viewed over 182,000 times, received over 3,000 reactions and shared over 1,800 times.
The Facebook user wrote that the taxi motorcyclist used his motorcycle to block the Grab Bike driver from driving from the scene. The taxi motorcyclist claimed that the service was illegal. When the Facebook user asked him whether he could give the same rate of fare as the Grab Bike service, the taxi motorcyclist would not reply.
The Facebook user wrote that she had to ask the Grab Bike rider to cancel the app contract for picking her up before walking to another spot to again use the app to call another Grab Bike rider.
“Vee” called the service to taker her to the Victory Monument for a charge of only Bt50, compared to Bt80 for the motorcycle taxi stand’s price. She wrote that she had used the app for a long time and so her status was upgraded to a “platinum” user and entitling her to a discount. She would be eligible to pay only Bt20 for the ride to Victory Monument, she wrote.
“Vee” wrote that she loved to use the Grab Bike service because the riders are normally polite and do not break traffic laws by riding on sidewalks as do taxi motorcyclists in her experience.