In the rural provinces of Thailand those who have been out with friends for the night often turn to man’s best friend to help them get home, however, this man in the central Thailand province of Saraburi might be taking that reliance a little to far.
Filmed late at night, the man sits calmly astride his motorbike with his dog appearing to be the designated driver for the night, its front paws planted firmly on the handlebars, his face looking forward.
As the person filming the jaw-dropping scenario pulls level, the man sits nonchalantly, appearing to consider there nothing abnormal in his Uber driver being a dog, literally.
Home to Thailand’s dairy industry, Saraburi hosts the annual Thailand National Dairy Cow Festival, the biggest event in Thailand for professional dairy cow farmers. Other local products include sweetened beef, salted beef, and seasonal fruits such as Nong Saeng mangoes, oranges, custard apples, pomegranates, dragon fruit, and grapes.
The lack of helmet for the Uber pooch or passenger might be a problem, along with a driving licence – though these are usually small matters in Thailand that are easily and quickly remedied on the spot by an exchange of banknotes. However, first the Thai police would need to actually notice that something wasn’t quite right and according to recent reports from the kingdom that might not be guaranteed.
Whether the quick acting videographer inadvertently stumbled upon a secret Uber training project designed to train the next generation of drivers that cannot be penalised by city officials who object to the company’s business model or not is unclear. But Uber pooch does have a nice ring to it. (We suggest turning down your computer’s volume setting prior to playing.)
Feature video Phattharatorn Naksep