transportation trust

i saw a girl today go up to a man on the motorcycle and touch him gently to smile. she was attractive, mind you, and dressed in cute office wear and all. so i thought the guy was her boyfriend, but then money changed hands, she put on a helmet and looked like a weird cross between biker chick and office girl who doesn't want to get her clothes dirty. so she spread her legs, hopped on and hung on to the guy. she was clearly flirting with him earlier to get a lower price.

so this was an ojek, a pretty ubiquitous transportation which is essentially a fancy name for sitting pillion on a motorbike. she did look vulnerable with her clean clothes and all having to cling onto this guy. so why is that element of trust there? this is a particularly pressing problem in developing economies, and a reason for the existence of conglomerates (haha, manage to use something from my report). but it's also a pressing problem in countries where rule of law is laxly enforced or do not exist, and is why capitalism fails to take off.

elsewhere in iraq, a taxi company has been started which features women drivers only, in order to protect them from all the dodgy "taxi drivers". i thought that was very careful because it's an unimitable brand. here, bluebird taxis are pretty reliable, but even then there are people who will fake the logo, fake everything.

1 comment:

mich said...

"spread her legs." HEE HEE.