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Taxi company denies report driver tried to rob passenger

The Shanghai Haibo taxi company has refuted an online claim that one of its drivers robbed a passenger at knife point earlier this month.

A Weibo post on Wednesday alleged that a Haibo taxi driver dragged a passenger all the way from Puxi to Pudong against his will and tried to rob him with a knife.

The post had received over 1,400 clicks by yesterday.

The company put up a notice yesterday morning, saying its investigations showed that it was a dispute and not a robbery. The driver did injure the passenger with a knife, which, it insisted, was an act of self-defense.

The passenger, surnamed Zhu, got into the taxi near Shanghai Stadium on the evening of July 25. The driver, surnamed Yao, refused to take him to Zhongshan Road W. and instead drove him all the way to the Pudong New Area.

Zhu damaged the side mirrors of the taxi as he got off at the intersection of Yangsi Road and Jiyang Road in Pudong. He started attacking the driver.

Yao pulled out a knife and injured Zhu on his left hand.

Police intervened and told the driver to pay 1,000 yuan (US$163.4) for injuring Zhu.

The 43-year-old driver claimed he stopped the taxi to pick up a senior couple that day, but Zhu and one of his female friends got into the taxi ahead of them. As Zhu refused to get down, the driver drove them all the way to Pudong on the elevated road.

Zhu filed a complaint with the taxi company, demanding 50,000 yuan as compensation, which the company declined.

Haibo also denied another online post by the same user that it was recruiting former prisoners as taxi drivers.



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