Shanghai taxi scam uses "trunk man" to steal goods

China Daily reports that a cab driver has been ripping off his fares by employing a man to hide in the cab's trunk and steal stuff out of the luggage.
About halfway home, the driver received an “urgent call” and told Lei that he would have to drop her off and turn back. He waived her fee, unloaded her luggage and helped her get another taxi.

When she returned home, Lei discovered that her notebook computer had been removed from her luggage and called police.

After a month-long investigation, police determined that the driver had hid somebody in the trunk specifically to steal luggage. Both the driver and the “trunk man” were arrested.



  1. greedy, greedy. If he had just continued on to the airport each time, he never would have been caught.

  2. In other bizarre crime news, somebody used my shower sandals today! WTF?

    It’s a very expensive health club and I left my sandals out while I worked out. I came back and they were all wet and had been used by somebody.

    /Way off topic, but WTF?

  3. Absent: Exactly what I was thinking. I have a hard time believing that the cops even cared enough about the missing laptop to do anything at all, never mind cracking what seemed, from my perspective, to be a super crack-resistant scheme.

    This is the stuff urban legends are made of…

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