Taxi Driver vs. Ateneo Student, a 500 Peso Bill Fare Change Debate

It’s easy to make something viral these days. We have the power of Facebook and Youtube to aid us. In Facebook alone, click baits are everywhere, hoping that it may catch your attention. Every week, it seems like a video of someone singing, fighting or anything that may invoke people to praise or criticize have been making rounds. Some will most likely make it to primetime news.

One incident that has divided people over the digital domain was a verbal conflict between an Ateneo student and a taxi driver. The Subject?  On the student’s standpoint is why the taxi driver failed to anticipate that his passenger might have some big bills in him. On the other hand, the taxi driver feels unobligated to ask his passenger to pay only in small bills, hoping that the passenger may have some common sense.

In our country’s public transportation norm, one must pay in small bill or quantity from seven in the morning up to 11 am maybe. This gives the driver less changing hassle, more focus on the road and has enough change for the rest of his shift.

Taxi Driver vs. Ateneo Student

But, we must consider that the passenger wants to go to a high class university, which may mean that he might only have big bills on his wallet. However, let’s emphasize that it was Saturday, a relatively slow day. Plus, it was early morning, which means that you are the first passenger. But alas, I think he was not the first passenger. The driver did say that he has about 540 pesos on his register. If we applied common sense, it means that someone may have paid already paid him 500 pesos—but that time he had some change.  Or it may mean that some taxi driver may have asked him to equate a 500 peso full bill into several hundred peso pieces. This is a common practice among public utility drivers.

I think Mark Buraga, the Ateneo student who posted the video just wanted published evidence as to why he was late for his scheduled final examination. I hope that he still managed to take his test. Going back to the subject: Who was at fault?

I just watched “interstellar” and both camps on this argument must practice Murphy’s Law. Upon hours of reading comments, more are inclined to take the side of the taxi driver. Even I in fact, feel that the taxi driver is more right (but still wrong in some aspects). Though it was never verified, the student claims that after the taxi driver got a hold of his payment, after loading some fuel on the nearest gas station, the driver did not turn back to his original destination.

Check out the video below:

I am a bit skeptic about this claim. If there was an opportune moment to record—it was then. He might have recorded the taxi driver demanding him to step off the taxi and then just truthfully state the back-story in his post. Or maybe, he stepped out of the taxi for call of nature purposes while the taxi was refueling. The driver must have returned the student’s change right? ‘Cause my theory is: after the student got his change, he then stepped off to find a comfort room or something. Then after refueling and the student failed to return to the taxi, the driver then felt unobligated to wait and took off without warning. Wrong move Mr. Taxi driver. If you just moved on and push on with the emotional stress for another minute or so, you can face the public and say: “at least you arrived at your destination safely”.

Yet, I feel that the side of the driver more. He does not know whether an Atenista or a simpleton will be his next passenger. It was bad coincidence that the driver was feeling a bit off that day and the student failed to bring some common sense. Still, good luck on his final examinations.

How about you, what do you think? Whose side are you on?

Video credits: Sarj B