Thai taxi talk tiff: Dialect debate drives social media stir

Piece of cake ignited a heated debate on the nation’s social media platforms after they suggested the capital’s taxi drivers to avoid talking to passengers in the Isaan dialect to have the ability to level up the service commonplace of Thai taxis.
Bangkok is considered to have the most taxis in Thailand because of the bustling demand for his or her services making drivers from a quantity of of the kingdom’s areas flock to the capital metropolis to earn extra money.
It isn’t uncommon for taxi drivers to slip into their native dialect when speaking with Thai passengers, particularly after they uncover that their passengers are from their home provinces. While some drivers employ the usual Thai language, traces of their regional accents often persist.
The issue of dialect usage had by no means assumed centre stage till the Thai Taxi Association posted an official suggestion on its official Facebook page stating…

“Announcement. Please use the “Thai language (standard Thai language)” when interacting with passengers. Avoid utilizing the Isaan dialect with passengers. This step will improve the professional picture and repair normal of Thai taxi drivers.”

Netizens expressed their opinions on the announcement with most insisting that using the standard Thai language does not play a major function in professionalism or high service requirements.
Some netizens from the northeastern provinces found the recommendation to be racist and expressed their anger in the comments part.
“I am Isaan folks. What’s the problem?”

“Only Isaan accent? What about the southern accent?”

“Are you telling me that Isaan language is inferior to the usual one?”

“I use taxis virtually every day. I don’t care about your dialect. What I want you to do is stop complaining about random stuff while driving.”

“I advocate the web page administrator to stop consuming Isaan meals. Can you do that?”

“Level up the service standard? Maybe you must start together with your mindset and angle.”

One netizen claimed that the administrator is also a taxi driver. He has been working several Facebook pages to provide recommendations to different drivers. The netizen also acknowledged that a group of taxi drivers once bodily assaulted the administrator because of his provocative statements.
The news agency, PPTV HD, reported yesterday that the team had made efforts to contact the Facebook administrator to debate the rationale behind the recommendation but obtained no response.
This incident just isn’t the primary time that the Thai Taxi Association’s Facebook page has come underneath fireplace from netizens. Recently, the Facebook page confronted criticism for advising passengers to not request phone chargers, to not ask for pit stops, to recollect to tip drivers, and to go for Grab companies during peak hours or when confronted with driver refusals

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