60 thoughts on “1AM Rickshaw Raid

  1. Boba Fettucine

    And the state policy of kicking down continues. Go after the soft targets for peanuts and let the mega corporations use the country as a money laundry.

    1. Colin

      What? As much as I disagree with the grossly over paid taxi industry in Ireland, at least they have insurance, some oversight in terms of vehicle safety and a regulating / governing body.

      These lads are out making cash in hand with no overheads, regulation or insurance. Its actually a miracle no one has been killed or seriously injured with their carry on.

      If they want to do it, do it right. There is still money to be made here.

      1. Kevin Keegan

        Easy there Colin.People are hit & hurt by taxis more times than you know.Insurance doesn’t actually fix broken bones.
        You my friend are a tosser.

        1. Medium Sized C

          Its unfair to judge all rickshaw drivers by my own experiences and the experiences of my social circle, but I do know way more people who have been robbed or assaulted by rickshaw drivers than taxi drivers.

        2. Bobby

          Actually, insurance money pays for the medical treatment that fixes broken bones. It doesn’t stop you being a tosser, though. Sorry Kevin.

    2. No, the other one

      Exactly – this! They are providing a service – why don’t the guards go after some bike thieves and confront them? Gutless

  2. Vin

    From Stephens Green to Wexford Street costs around €8 or so. They ain’t cheap. But at least you can drink, smoke and curse on them.

  3. WOD

    Delighted! Some of those hoors store their ‘rickshaws’ at their own houses – three adjacent multi tenancy houses in a right state. Regularly woken up by them coming back from town en masse at 4 or 5am. And of course the usual carry on with bin bags out front, clothes drying on front railings or hanging out windows, complete messing, on an otherwise grand street.

    1. Mick

      Hmmm, working late hours instead of claiming dole, cleaning clothes and drying them?? How do these hippys think they are????

        1. Mick

          @ Splat, You know, when people can´t find work, they generally claim the dole. It´s not that hard to work out. I´m sure there are a few of them who enjoy doing what they do, but certainly not all of them. What do they do if they lose/quit their job and can´t find more work like thousands of others in Ireland?

      1. Boba Fettucine

        Entrepreneurial spirit is Thoughtcrime.

        “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”

        1. ReproBertie

          A completely irrelevant 1984 quote being used to somehow vaguely criticise an attempt to cut down on potential tax evasion?

          It’s too early in the morning for this level of pretention/tinfoil hat brigade gibberish.

          1. Boba Fettucine

            My point is its interesting what forms of ‘tax evasion’ are being targeted. E.g. Guys making buttons with a bike as opposed to Apple, Beats, Facebook, Starbucks etc etc washing vast sums tax free through Ireland.

            Of course this raid had to happen on Thursday night as you’d never get those nice, upstanding Public Sector drones of Revenue to work on the Friday night of a bank holiday weekend. They’ll all be on the way home by 2.00pm today.

          2. ReproBertie

            Did you miss the budget where they announced the closing of the “double Irish”?

            How do you know what forms of tax evasion are being targetted (unless of course you are one of those nice, upstanding Public Sector drones of Revenue)? Not many tax evasion checks would have a relatively high visibiilty like this. Most of them come in the form of an audit which is very low profile from the public’s point of view until the results are published as a list of defrauders picked up by the mainstream media.

          3. Boba Fettucine

            The closing of the loophole that was a direct result of overwhelming EU pressure and a European Commission ruling? https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/controversy-over-double-irish-raises-issue-of-eu-s-power-over-tax-regimes-1.1966394

            You also seem to be confusing ‘default’ with ‘defraud’. Not everyone who Revenue deems to owe them money does so as a result of fraud. In fact Revenue consistently move the goalposts as to what is acceptable and then retrospectively claim tax and penalties.

            If you’re interested in reading more about how Revenue are operating an ongoing campaign of shaking down small businesses this is a very good overview: http://www.alanmoore.ie/uncategorized/is-it-time-for-a-revenue-ombudsman/

      1. Roj

        Think his point was more about drying clothes out the front of their gaff’s windows/balconys – which to me is fair enough, it does make any place look like a dump.

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          How else should people dry their clothes? Tumbler dryers are expensive and a waste of electricity when you have outside space.

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            And those are fine. But I’m not going to dry my stuff inside if its grand dry weather out, now am I?

  4. Bingo

    “Garda sting on rickshaw operators. Revenue auditing….”

    Eh???
    What business is this of the Gardai?

    Regarding earlier ‘dole’ comment, a lot of these lads aren’t entitled to any form of welfare.
    Not EU citizens.

  5. Tom Stewart

    Am… how sure are we that Revenue were involved? All we seem to have to go on are two words of an afterthought “Revenue auditing” by someone called “Tequila Mockingbird”.

    If instead they’re being cracked down upon because they just cycle around town ignoring every bloody rule of the road in existence then it’s long overdue. I’ve seen them:

    – run red lights
    – cycle down footpaths
    – cross the road at pedestrian crossings
    – cycle down streets crowded with pedestrians making everyone get out of their way (Grafton St.)

        1. Don Pidgeoni

          I’m not justifying it, I’m saying it happens. Moaning about one group of people doing something is BS when others are doing it too.

          1. Tom Stewart

            By that logic, if you complain about one group you suspect of committing tax evasion, you have to list every other group also suspected of committing tax evasion. That is not practical.

          2. Tom Stewart

            I don’t know what you mean. Do you mean that I’m saying that everything is black and white? If you are, that’s quite a departure from what we were talking about.

            Also, if that’s what you meant, it’s quite a distortion of what I’ve said.

  6. Royal M

    I’m genuinely surprised to see some of the comments here. Are they really that dangerous? I’ve never seen one of them hit someone or charge down a load of screaming pedestrians. Or, eh, hang clothes outside and do unspecified things with bin bags.

    1. Tom Stewart

      You’re happy to have them run red lights just because they don’t have registration numbers?

      I need to get out of this country.

  7. chicken

    Much more likely they were checking if they have valid insurance, as carrying passengers & therefore could be required to have public liability, but tax evasion? doubtful…

  8. Harry the Horse

    I really can’t see the difference between these guys and a taxi driver. They’re offering their vehicle for hire, therefore they should have all necessary registrations, permits, insurances, licences, etc. They should have adequate lights front & back at night, and the passengers should be able to lodge a complaint if they’re unhappy with the service. Considering the high fares these guys charge, none of this should be a problem for them to take on board. As it currently stands, these guys can do and charge what they like.

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