Authorities Searching for Taxi Driver who Scammed SEVENTEEN’s Joshua Hong
The authorities are now searching for the taxi driver who allegedly scammed Joshua Hong, a member of the K-Pop band SEVENTEEN.
The taxi driver who overcharged the K-pop artist has been identified by the airport authorities. The 26-year-old Korean-American heartthrob allegedly said on a livestream that a taxi driver overcharged him “three times more” during an impromptu trip to the Philippines with his mother in early September.
Joshua disclosed that he was charged a P1,000 cab ticket, which he later discovered to be three times the actual fare. The overcharging event is being looked into by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), based on the report.
“As of the moment, the MIAA is conducting a parallel investigation and is in touch with Mr. Joshua Hong to confirm if the incident happened within the airport premises,” according to MIAA.
Connie Bungag, a spokesperson for MIAA, stated that the agency was aware of the report and would work with the Bureau of Immigration to identify the flight Hong took last month. Every passenger’s information is recorded in a systematic queueing system used by airport taxis, according to Bungag.
She stated that while their taxi units are turned over to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, drivers who violate the rules are immediately prohibited from accessing the airport area (LTFRB). The incident was previously denounced by the LTFRB.
According to Bungag, violators’ driver’s licenses are seized and given to the Land Transportation Office for legal processing. Last weekend, Hong traveled back to the country for Seventeen’s two-night performance at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
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