[1/2] [EN] Personal account from a taxi driver
Background information: There was previously a pro-China demonstration where taxi drivers hung Chinese flags on their taxis and drove in line. However it was discovered that the flags were discarded and thrown around the streets after the event, prompting the suspicion that they had been paid to demonstrate in the first place.
【Repost of touching passage】A true story and a tearjerker.
Earlier tonight I was at the taxi station at Tin Shui Wai waiting to take passengers. Suddenly a girl in a black shirt, jeans and sneakers walked over; she looked about 15 years old. There was fear in her eyes as she opened the car door. She asked quietly, “How much is it to take a taxi to XX Estate?” “Around twenty-something dollars,” I answered her.
I saw her holding a $20 bill in her hands very tightly. After that I heard her counting her change, and saw her start sweating with nerves. I could tell that she was terrified about what to do as she didn’t have enough money. I just told her, “It’s alright, get on.” The ride was only three minutes long, but it awakened a lot of emotions in me. Perhaps it was because people usually sat at the back of the taxi, but the girl sat next to me in the front, giving me the sense that she was family. In that moment, I felt like I was driving off the job with my daughter sitting next to me. Seeing this girl’s situation, I felt saddened and uneasy.
We arrived at her destination. “Never mind the fare, as long as you’ll be safe at home soon, it’s all good.” I told her. After she left, I couldn’t stop tearing up. I’m so glad that she could get on my taxi and she could get sent home safely.
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