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Friday, October 30, 2009

Notes From Mui Ne's Streets

My friends tell me there continue to be numerous fatal motorbike/automobile accidents in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet, including some decapitations recently.

A friend of mine is a motorbike taxi driver in Mui Ne. He recently gave a ride to a Vietnamese person from Saigon, who was visiting Mui Ne. The passenger acted strangely and instructed him to go to an uninhabited area in the countryside. Fortunately my friend knew something was wrong, and instead dropped the passenger off and went immediately to the police station. Surprisingly, the police actually responded and went and picked the guy up and searched him. They found on him a knife, pair of gloves, and drugs. They concluded that he intended to kill my friend, rob him and steal the motorbike. Lesson learned: don't give rides to strangers.

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