A Bolt-taxi in Budapest ordered its Israeli passengers out of the car, the company is hiding what it did

A Bolt-taxi in Budapest ordered its Israeli passengers out of the car, the company is hiding what it did
A Bolt-taxi in Budapest ordered its Israeli passengers out of the car, the company is hiding what it did

The company investigated the matter and took “the necessary steps”, but does not say what they are.

Our reader was waiting for the ordered Bolt taxi with his Israeli friends at the VII. district Madách Imre út 2-6 before on October 2 at around 2 p.m. The driver arrived on time, and the three passengers got into the car. Instead of leaving, the taxi driver said to the passengers who were speaking in Hebrew:

Get out!

The two Israelis looked at each other confused, and the Hungarian member of the group thought at first that he was hearing badly. Then when he came to, he asked the driver what he meant.

“I’m not taking you anywhere,” snapped the Bolt driver, saying he didn’t owe an explanation. Later he added that “because I don’t feel like it”. He rolled the car a few meters, then pulled over to the curb and again ordered the passengers to get out. They had no choice, so they did. Since the car passed Madách Imre út 2-6. from No. 8 to Madách Imre út 8, i.e. to the neighboring block, they were charged HUF 510 transport fee.

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My Israeli passengers were an 86-year-old father and his 50-year-old daughter, a retired architect and an interior decorator. Even by accident, we couldn’t give the impression that we were rowdies who had to be ordered out of the car before leaving.

– recalled our reader, who wrote about what happened to Bolt. In the first round, the company responded that they distanced themselves from what happened and launched an investigation into the matter. They later informed us that they have investigated the incident and taken the necessary steps, but due to data protection law, they are unable to share further details.

Our reader was amazed by this answer, as he had provided the driver’s details, the exact location and time to the Shop when submitting the complaint, and by definition he was not interested in additional personal information.

As a person concerned, I am interested in the procedure, the result of a correct investigation and, above all, its consequences. I feel that they only gave me good-sounding slogans, emphasized how far they distance themselves from racism and anti-Semitic expressions, and then simply shook me off with a vague sentence, an incomprehensible encryption. As if I really had nothing to do with what happened to me. I will never know what they did, if they did anything at all

said our reader.

We also conducted an experiment with the company, which is present in more than 500 cities in 45 countries, to see if they would at least reveal whether the presumably anti-Semitic or xenophobic driver can still transport passengers under the auspices of Bolt, but essentially we got the same answer as our reader . They expressed their regret, then pointed out that Bolt deeply condemns all forms of anti-Semitism, racism, and hate speech, and they completely distance themselves from the behavior of the driver in question.

They also wrote that the drivers are not employed by Bolt, but are independent partners who use their platform for their services. “However, we are in regular communication with them and constantly checking passenger feedback to ensure that passengers get the best service,” they added. However, no further information was provided after that, citing the data protection law. We asked the company which point in the legislation we are referring to, and neither we nor the complainant can receive – anonymous – information about the specific result of the investigation against the driver and its consequences, but to no avail.

In order to avoid violations of data protection laws and obstruction of justice, we do not consider it appropriate to issue further statements

they wrote in their letter. Which is also interesting because transport companies typically announce that they fire their employees due to some proven scandalous incident.


The article is in Hungarian

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