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Image: Korean singer and her friend Kim Sae-ron. Credit: Instagram

Bali taxi drivers made the news in South Korea as Korean singer Yeri went public on how devious they can be. The K Pop singer, who was on vacation with her friend in Bali, actress Kim Sae-ron related an uncomfortable experience with one of its famed dodgy taxi drivers when she was on the island.

She spoke about the experience on a Korean variety show called Level Up Project, which was attended by her and her group, Red Velvet. She said that she was shocked with the behavior of the taxi driver.

The 19 year old singer, whose real name is Kim Yerim, said that the taxi driver tried to charge her a higher fare, which she wouldn’t accept. This all went viral on social media.

Yeri told viewers of the popular TV show that the higher fare was charged to her because the taxi driver knew that she was a foreigner. She told viewers she screamed and refused to pay the higher fare. Then the taxi driver tried to calm her. “Okay, okay. You like my daughter. Okay, relax,” repeating the taxi driver’s broken English, which was quoted by nusabali.com.

In conclusion, Yeri said she made these remarks on the show so viewers won’t be shocked like her with this kind of behaviour when they are on vacation in Bali.

“You must be careful with the taxi fare when you go there,” she said while recommending one of big taxi companies. (We’d imagine that was Blue Bird. Ed)

 

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  • Ajo Oorbeek
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    The only taxi company that uses a meter/argo is Blue Bird all the rest will try to rip you off. When Blue Bird entered the Bali market a riot broke out with the local taxi drivers. They could not stop Blue Bird from entering the Bali so they decided to disguise their taxis with the same color and identity as Blue Bird taxis. For foreigners it is difficult to find the real Blue Bird. They behave like street criminals and are a big irritation in tourist areas and creating traffic jams. The government should take action they create a very negative impression for tourists.

    • David Broadhurst
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      I totally agree with your sentiment towards some taxi operators but just for the record, the Taxi company that first entered the Bali market was “Bali Taxi” and there vehicles were (and still are) Green. It was quite a few years later (after all the disputes with Beno drivers was long gone) that Blue Bird appeared on the scene.

    • Ajo Oorbeek
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      David Broadhurst I live almost 19 years in Indonesia and I appreciate your comment. I only want Bali is not distroying themselve. If there are other good taxi operators more better. I have not seen them in Seminyak. You know new competition is never welcome but you cannot stop change.

    • David Broadhurst
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      Ajo Oorbeek
      Very true. Taxis were a change that was certainly met with aggressive resistance from the Bemo drivers. Bemos had a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, dirty, overcharging, stopping on isolated roads enroute to demand extra money and often being rude and aggressive. The general public (and tourists) were so happy to see the arrival of new, clean, metered taxis. Now that bemos are long gone, it seems that many of the taxis are now as bad, if not worse, than their predecessors.

    • Adam Crispin
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      David Broadhurst So now the cycle is being repeated with Taxis/ Uber and Grab etc…. plus ce change….

  • Des Koval
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    I’ve dealt with taxis all over the planet and undoubtedly Bali’s are the worst…. all the copy blue bird clowns clogging up the roads driving at 5km an hour when a huge part of solving Bali’s traffic issue is app based deployment to keep empty taxis off it until needed. Truly stone ages here….

  • Bob Nowak
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    I agree with you guys.. Bluebird has an app and it works very well.. they just need to market it more.. their business would triple and their fuel costs would come down significantly

  • Alison Gallyot
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    I don’t care how long I have to wait…. BlueBird only! The rest are scum

  • Des Koval
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    Have any of you actually used the bluebird app? Experience?

    • Bob Nowak
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      Des.i use it a lot.. work really good and taxis are in time 99% of the time.. highly recommend it

  • Ajo Oorbeek
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    There is a lot more to say if you use apps especially outside fe Canggu. Never saw all the signs when you want to go off the main road Jl Raya Canggu? Warning signs not allowing access for apps related taxis. Street terror in optima forma.

  • Gabriel Hull
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    This is absolutely nothing new….go jek

  • Ross in Bali
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    Lots off Uber rip offs too – using dodgy screenshots, cancelling rides…they need to get a grip of whats happening…

    • Editor Seminyaktimes
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      Yes exactly. It happened to me the other day at the airport. They cancel then there is a charge to you for 10k. If you don’t protest, they get it. Scam. Or they ask where you are going and cancel if it’s not where they want to go. Lazy.

  • Ross Macfarlane
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    The Mafia in taxi form…

  • Ant Mess
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    She was lucky…. I was kidnaped and tortured!

    • Piero Montanari
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      What ??? Please, can we know more about it ?? Why don’t you write your own post ??

    • Ant Mess
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      Piero Montanari the police where actually really good. They caught them…. I was lucky enough to escape!

    • Intan Windiastuti
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      Seriously?! Wtf

    • Piero Montanari
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      OMG !!

  • Barry Rhodes
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    The mafia taxi control the airport dark blue taxis and are double the cost the vehicles are old, and generally this is the first scam you will face in Bali, The Indonesian Government should stop the Mafia Taxi because even the police cannot do anything even when a crime is committed because it’s a mafia gang problem. I’m sure it scares off many tourists from Bali. These mafia taxis are also bashing up gojek and grab drivers for going into their streets. and these people that are beating people up are the taxi drivers and the scary thing is people have to use these service. It’s almost like getting into a crazy criminals car and you don’t know what will happen to your life or your possessions. It’s a very sad poor situation for the Indonesian people to have this Island ruined by the bad behaviour of just a few hundred bad people.

  • Alison Gallyot
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    It’s an absolutely disgraceful first Impression of Bali on arriving at the airport. I tell everyone NEVER use them! Organise a driver and in and around town only ever use BlueBird

  • Paul Friese
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    Doesn’t the Gov. own the Airport taxi? https://youtu.be/i5B-80Dm-_o

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