Date
16 August 2018
A car rental company in Taiwan is threatening to sue a Hong Kong man who allegedly failed to fully settle the cost of repair of a nine-seater car that he rented and crashed. Photo: Facebook
A car rental company in Taiwan is threatening to sue a Hong Kong man who allegedly failed to fully settle the cost of repair of a nine-seater car that he rented and crashed. Photo: Facebook

Taiwan car rental firm poised to sue HK man over crash payment

A car rental company in Taiwan is demanding that a Hong Kong man pay for the cost of repair of its vehicle that he rented and crashed, saying that his bid to shirk his responsibility has put all Hongkongers to shame.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the company said the man, surnamed Tang, rented a German-made nine-seater car on April 2 for a self-drive tour on the island, only to crash it on his road trip, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

After assessing the damage, the company asked Tang to pay NT$700,000 (around HK$185,000) to cover the cost of repair.

Tang allegedly agreed and used a credit card to pay NT$250,000 on the spot. 

But the company discovered that the credit card belongs to Tang’s relative, hk01.com reported.

The company demanded to have the authorization of Tang’s relative by signature. But Tang said it was already late and his relative was asleep.

Tang scheduled a meeting with the company at the hotel lobby the next morning, where his relative would sign to authorize the credit card payment. They would pay an additional NT$100,000 using another credit card and transfer the rest of the payment after returning to Hong Kong.

However, the company said both Tang and his relative did not show up at the hotel lobby. A few days later, the company received part of the payment but Tang still owed the company several thousand NT dollars.

Worse still, the company found that Tang asked a Hong Kong bank to stop the NT$250,000 payment he had earlier made.

Unable to reach Tang, the company said in a post on Facebook that it hoped Tang would stop the cancellation of the transaction; otherwise it would take legal action.

Tang’s identity was soon uncovered by Hong Kong netizens. Rumor has it that his wife has hired a lawyer to deal with the matter.

Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun said although the Taiwan company may file a lawsuit in Hong Kong, Tang can also apply to discontinue the case on the ground that trying it in Hong Kong is not appropriate.

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