S’porean Taxi Driver Told To Remove Sticker With The Name Of A Porn Site

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Imagine this scenario.

Me: *Hails a taxi*

Taxi driver: I see that… you have chosen this taxi…

Me: ?… Yea…?

*after 20 min of travelling*

Me: Eh, siao liao. I didn’t bring my cash. Use NETs or Visa can not?

Taxi driver: We don’t accept NETs or Visa here. I see you have triggered the play word… 

Me: (What talking…?) Uh then how? Wait here can, I borrow from my colleague.

Taxi Driver: No… you have to pay with your body now! And you can’t escape this… because entering a Taxi with the FakeTaxi logo means that you have consented!

*Careless whisper saxophone BGM plays*

Rest of the scenario omitted for bad porn writing and xxx content.

Just Bill Nye rubbing a balloon. Image: Giphy

Of course, the above scenario is also completely illegal.

Ah Hock loved Michelle and asked her, ‘Ai stead mai?’ in the 90s. Today, he tried again but would it work? Prepare some tissue paper and watch their love story here:

That’s generally how FakeTaxi, a porn website, goes: passenger no money pay, so driver convince her/him to pay with sex instead.

While I’d like to say that I was paid by Goody Feed to watch FakeTaxi’s videos for research purposes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), that’s what I understand from reading Wikipedia.

That scenario also seems like the scenario that was going through the head of a Stomper Nicholas, who saw the FakeTaxi sticker on the back of a taxi on 5 September 2019, at about 1 pm in Bukit Merah.

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Who somehow decided that a sticker is offensive and resulted in…

Recalling of Taxi and Removal of Sticker

In the original post on Stomp, Stomper Nicholas said, “I think this is inappropriate for the public. The worst thing is this is not just any ordinary car, but a taxi.

And in response to Stomp’s queries, Premier Taxis Pte Ltd, which is the company for that particular taxi, responded, “We are concerned on the said matter.

“We have recalled the vehicle to remove the sticker as well as to investigate this matter.”

No Law On Car Stickers For This

So, according to query by The Straits Times to lawyers, this isn’t a cause for concern at all.

Gloria James-Civetta, head lawyer at Gloria James-Civetta & Co, says, “There is no provision that covers car decals except for what can be advertised on a taxi.

Under the Road Traffic Act, advertisements are prohibited from being displayed in or outside public service like taxis without prior approval from an authority.

But while she thinks the sticker can be considered to be an advertisement, Lawyer Amarick Gill, director of Amarick Gill LLC, felt this shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

“It isn’t clear that the decal shows a porn website. There is nothing defamatory or obscene about it.”

Hmm…

The Website Name In Question

And for me (who didn’t speak to The Straits Times or is a lawyer, but still)…

I’m not insinuating anything, but… I’m an innocent person.

Fake Taxi brings to mind a taxi that is fake, that’s all. Maybe that means AH-HA! you thought this was a taxi but this is a prank and I wasn’t a driver at all!

or I’m currently living an existential crisis where I don’t feel like doing taxi work is meaningful so I put this sticker and call myself a fake, really depends.

So for anyone who understood the FakeTaxi reference enough to know of its lecherous, lewd roots… One must have done the ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) necessary research ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) beforehand to understand, snap a picture of the taxi in a matter of seconds, then post it on Stomp.

Is watching porn illegal in Singapore? If so…

Yeah, officer, this man, right there.

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