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Thursday, 1 January 2009

the etiquette of overcharging in India

Last summer, taxi drivers in Beijing were one of several groups given etiquette training ahead of the international influx of the Olympics. (Among other tips, they were advised not to eat garlic.) Now autorickshaw drivers in Delhi are being given similar lessons in preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. As reported on ExpressIndia.com they are being encouraged to learn English, not smoke bidis (small hand-rolled cigarettes), and not overcharge foreigners. I particular like the frankness of driver Pankaj Singh, who says, 'While it's completely fair to behave well and not overcharge how much money do we make if we are fair? It's only with foreigners that we make some extra money by overcharging. At least we're not being unfair with our own people.' An attitude held by how many other taxi drivers the world over?


1 comment:

Rakesh Agarwal said...

An honest autorickshaw driver makes not more than Rs.4,500 a day. That is 55 pounds for you. Visit www.nyayabhoomi.org for details. This organization, of which I am the Secretary, is the only voice of autorickshaw drivers in Delhi.