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I have to agree with futsanglung, here. I doubt very much that the taxi driver was waiting for a fare. Usually, when you use these taxi apps, you are already there when the taxi shows up. Also I have been finding that more and more taxis are using these apps as an excuse when they don't want to pick up a fare. Especially when it is within half an hour of shift-change. |
There are also taxi drivers who absolutely refuse to pick up foreigners who can't speak, or speak very little, Chinese. If the foreigner complains, the taxi driver simply says that the foreigner did something, and then all is right with the taxi driver world.
However, all that being said, I think that a taxi story is not a very good example if you are looking for answers to the question, "Should foreigners be treated equal?" I would think that examples for this type of question should include foreigners being forced to pay for things that Chinese don't have to pay for, like entrance to public places, or price tiering, where foreigners are made to pay up to 10 times what Chinese pay. Another example, if you DO want to use taxi driver stories, is taxi drivers who go out of their way to take foreign tourists, the long way around, or the proverbial "city tour", all in the name of gouging them for as much money as possible. Never, would a taxi driver do this to a local Chinese person (maybe to someone from another part of the country, far away), but it happens to foreigners quite frequently.
So, if you want to cite examples to answer the question, "Should foreigners be treated equal?", then use common examples of instances where foreigners are not treated as equally as Chinese. Don't just use an example of something that doesn't happen very often, and by one drunk tourist. It becomes a very one-sided argument when you do that.