A Parisian taxi driver was caught on camera trying to charge tourists five times the normal amount to travel from Charles de Gaulle airport to the French capital.
Traveling to a foreign country can be daunting for a number of reasons. If you have never been there before, then you're not going to know your way around. That unfamiliar feeling is magnified by a great amount if you are visiting a country where you don't speak the local language.
If you get lost or you need something, not being able to communicate with someone who might be able to help can be a scary experience. It's a case of finding someone who can speak the same language as you, or crudely trying to speak in a foreign tongue that you don't know. In more tourist-driven places, there are also those looking to take advantage of people paying their city a visit.
That happened to a couple from Thailand visiting Paris earlier this month, as reported by The Independent. After landing at Charles de Gaulle airport, the pair went in search of a taxi to take them into the city, as most of us would. They found one, but upon arrival in the French capital, they were shocked to discover that the taxi driver was demanding they pay him €247 (around $282).
Luckily, the Thai couple was savvy enough to film the whole ordeal and you can watch it for yourself above. As you can see, the driver angrily demands that the two of them pay the extortionate fee, claiming that taxis from the airport to Paris are not a fixed price. That's a lie. In fact, taxis taking passengers from Charles de Gaulle to Paris are supposed to charge a fixed price. Nothing more than €55, so this driver was demanding almost five times the legal amount.
What made the entire situation worse was when the irate driver decided to carry on driving and refused to let the couple out of the car. It ended with them having to pay €200 just to be let out of the car. The couple has since returned to Thailand and didn't have the chance to file the incident with French police, but it is currently being investigated by Boers, the specialist taxi police brigade.