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Taxi driver argues with man, runs him over, then drives into wall

By SoraNews24

In a country where they say the customer is god, Japanese customer service is second to none across all types of sectors, from the biggest corporations to the smallest of small businesses. Even when it comes to getting around town, trains, buses and taxis pride themselves on delivering top-notch customer service to passengers, but it’s not always easy when said passengers can be rude, drunk and argumentative.

So when a video appeared online showing an argument between a taxi driver and three people recently, public opinion split in two, with some people siding with the driver, even though he ran over one of the men and then drove into a temporary wall.

Take a look the video here.

According to reports, the video was taken shortly after 5 a.m. on Nov 22, in Nakasu, a lively entertainment district in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Police say the taxi driver was arguing with one of the men when another man got into the back seat of the car. The taxi driver then drove off, running into the man before hitting a temporary wall barricading a construction site on the side of the road.

According to police, none of the men were injured and investigators are now looking into the incident to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Without any concrete explanation as to why or how the incident started, people wondered whether the driver had accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, causing him to suddenly speed off into the wall with the back door wide open.

They also wondered whether the men in question were inebriated after a night of drinking, with a surprising number of people siding with the taxi driver on this occasion.

“These guys look like cocky hoodlums, they probably started the trouble in the first place.”

“They were probably out drinking all night. I feel sorry for the taxi driver here.”

“I want to say the driver is bad but…”

“It’s tough being a taxi driver in entertainment districts like this.”

“There’s bound to be a drive recorder so let’s just let the police be the judge.”

That last comment there looks to be the most sensible of them all, because regardless of what instigated the trouble, it’s never okay to run someone over with a passenger hanging out the open back door of your cab as you smash into a barrier by the road.

Source: Hachima Kiko

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Yet another shining example that refutes the stereotypes of the meek, humble, and afraid of their own shadow and go against the grain of society and speak out Japanese person.

Japanese people are more than willing to get into very public arguments and physical fights.

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The taxi driver panicked when he realized the three "cocky hoodlums" were Yakuza, then mistakenly stepped on the accelerator.

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You've seen them.... the videos on YouTube warning "foreigners" on what not to do while in Japan. Hmmmm.

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Japanese people are more than willing to get into very public arguments and physical fights.

There are public arguments and physical fights here, but less than almost anywhere else. If you disagree, tell usw where.

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If there's a video recording inside the taxi, let's see it. We only got to see a part of the story. I'm willing to bet that a taxi driver or any decent person would go that far to try to run over someone and drive through a wall

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While I have no idea what really happened, I know Fukuoka well, and if at 5 am three drunk yakuza wannabe punks surround you in a threatening manner, you better run them over.

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When a body meets a taxi, coming through the rye...

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This is pure anti-social Japanese comedy. Keep em come'n!

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So a man was run over yet noone was hurt?

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Nothing to see here. They would have died if it was in Thailand.

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The second face that appears here when people are drunk really creeps me out sometimes.

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oldmann_13: "Yet another shining example that refutes the stereotypes of the meek, humble, and afraid of their own shadow and go against the grain of society and speak out Japanese person."

Dude, face it, you jump onto these threads and immediately start ranting about race and stereotypes, stereotyping and being hypocritical, long before anyone else has even brought up the subject. What's more, this is so much the case with you, and it smacks of some very odd insecurities, that in this case you are supporting a man who ran a person down with a car. And yet, on top of all of that you probably believe that Japanese society does indeed value the "customer as god" and think service is "second to none", which would negate your initial claim... or is it bragging?... that the staff of said services are not all humble and meek.

No one should have to put up with ridiculous and offensive behaviour from customers, especially if assault is involved. However, you can't keep supporting the driver after he ran a person down. Arguing back? Absolutely. Hitting someone. Not at all.

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Call police moron

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its very bad and unprofessional behaviour from that cabbie.

Someone should have immidiatly informed the police and get his arrested

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