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Intentionally traveling on a passport with someone else’s photo is dumb enough, but using the photo of an internationally sought fugitive, well…

The 54-year-old man, identified only by his last name Baik, is suspected of traveling to the Philippines and back on a passport issued under his personal details but using a photo of a fugitive on Interpol’s wanted list.

Apparently, Baik is friends with the fugitive and knew of his circumstances, but gave it the proverbial ‘what the heck?’ and traveled on the passport anyway. Once in the Philippines he was to give his fugitive friend the passport, but in a flash of brilliance, he backed out and chose to ply two country’s immigration checkpoints one more time with the fake and return home.  That didn’t work out so well.

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In other dummy news, a taxi driver has been booked with charging a foreign tourist 330,000 won ($290) for a 2-kilometer ride in downtown Seoul.

This was mentioned in a KT op-ed piece addressing the problem of  “predatory taxi drivers” ripping off foreign tourists. The more interesting story (at least for me) is that the taxi driver would be dumb enough to try to get away with such an astronomical rip-off for such a short ride and that the foreign tourist would be dumb enough to pay 100-times the normal fare. Maybe he thought he was in Japan.

The predatory taxi driver problem is reportedly worse in Jeju.

A group of greedy and unruly drivers at Jeju International Airport has formed a gang-style network to monopolize operations and rip off passengers.

I commuted to a job via taxi daily in Jeju for a couple of months and had drivers try to give me the drive-around at least twice a week. I was dumb the first time and wrote off the extra $10.50 I paid as an ‘education’ expense.

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  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Greedy AND unruly is no way to go through life.

  • Granfalloon

    I once had a taxi driver tell me that all the flights at Gimhae airport were cancelled, but he would drive me to Incheon airport. True story.

  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    Yeah, I don’t get how stupid some taxi drivers can be to try to rip off people. Last year I got a call taxi to EBS every day at 6:30 a.m. sharp. Someone getting a call taxi to a workplace at 6:30 a.m.–you’d think that they’d know what the rate was every day they’d commute to that workplace. But every few weeks there was a driver who thought that I was an idiot and would charge me a hell of a lot more for the ride I took every day. We reported one guy to the authorities. He made the mistake of getting my wife involved, who is famous for her tenacity. She called him every day for weeks until he wired the 5,000 won he overcharged me to her account.

  • http://www.chiamattt.com chiamattt

    I’m a pretty frequent taxi rider, and I have never been ripped off. LUCKY ME!

  • Q

    Some funny stories from United Kingdumb:

    According to a September 13, 2007, article in the Daily Mail, police in Hertfordshire resisted criticism for their new program of posting signs reading “Don’t Commit Crime.” They also installed posters at petrol stations reading “All Fuel Must Be Paid For.”

    At their court appearance for stealing high-tech gas turbine components, the thieves were told that the parts were valued at £4.27 million and could have been the biggest heist ever in Hampshire. The theives, however, not knowing the true value, had melted everything down and sold it for £915 as scrap metal.

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