A Ukrainian student studying at National Chiao Tung University was impressed by the helpfulness of Taiwan police after police officers helped him locate a mechanic and then towed him to the repair shop yesterday, October 10.
Mykola was enjoying a trip around Hsinchu County’s Neiwan Scenic Area when his scooter broke down. It was a national holiday and the last day of a four-day long weekend, so most motorcycle repair shops were closed.
Two police officers spotted the blond-haired, blue-eyed young man pushing his scooter and asked if he was okay. Mykola was not fluent in Chinese, but fortunately one of the officers had a confident command of English. The student, who the officers described as “as agitated as ants on a hot pan” told them he needed a mechanic to repair his scooter.
One officer called around and located a scooter mechanic open for business about 4km away. However, the mechanic was short staffed and couldn’t send anyone to pick up the scooter.
The police officers used a tow rope and towed Mykola to the scooter shop themselves.