How to recover something left in a Bangkok taxi
No one wants to lose or forget something in a Bangkok taxi or in any other taxis. That sinking feeling that a valuable item will be gone for good puts a damper on your day.
There were 40,000 items reported to have been left in Bangkok taxis in 2018. According to Bangkok traffic and information site JS100, the common items were: smartphones, wallets, handbags, luggage, and shopping bags.
So what happens if you have forgotten something in a taxi?
Firstly, don’t panic. Take a deep breath so you can gather your thoughts. Then, report your concern to JS100. You can contact their call center 1137 or you can connect with them on social media via their Facebook and Twitter pages. Provide as much information as possible including:
1. The type or color of the taxi
2. Registration (if possible)
3. Date, time and destination
4. Details about your lost item(s)
5. Name of the driver (if possible)
The more information you have about the taxi, the better your chances of recovering your lost possessions. But even if you can only provide some of this information, you should still report your lost item.
JS100 has a Lost and Found section on their website. It lists all the things foreigners left in the backseat. The site also has the information of the time a cabbie has returned items to passengers.
JS100, via Sanook News, also shared some tips on how to avoid leaving your stuff in taxis.
– Keep hold of your smartphone and avoid putting it on the seat next to you
– Make sure your wallet is securely placed in your pocket so it won’t fall out!
– Keep hold of your handbag, don’t place it on the floor or on the seat next to you
– If possible, avoid placing items in the trunk. You’re more likely to remember them if they are next to you.
– Use the front seat to store luggage.
– Always check the back seat before leaving the taxi.
If you don’t successfully recover your lost item now, you can save yourself from future stress. Take measures to prevent loss. Follow the precautions to ensure you never leave your phones, wallet, or luggage in a Bangkok taxi again.
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