Little did this passenger know that requesting for a taxi as well as his religious preference of the driver would land him in dire straits. Not only did the cab service provider express its displeasure on Twitter, even its rival took to the social media platform to give a piece of their mind.
The entire turn of events took place after a Hyderabad-based physician asked Ola cabs to provide him with a Hindu driver, reports Hindustan Times.
"Being a Hindu I usually prefer Driver of Hindu Faith Only, Particularly in Hyderabad.. pls Give us a chance to Choose a Driver," Seelam Veerapa Naidu tweeted on Ola's Twitter handle.
It did not take long for Naidu to be torn apart by twitteratis with Ola leading the way.
"Sorry, we do not discriminate against our drivers on the basis of their religion," the cab company tweeted.
Even rival taxi service provider Uber came to Ola's support.
"Well said, guys. #respect," @Uber_Delhi tweeted.
Naidu however stuck to his stand, saying that he did not mean to offend anyone and that what he said should be seen as customer preference. "My intention is not to hurt any one," he tweeted.
Naidu had expressed his dislike of the app-based cab services like Ola and Uber, having tweeted earlier that it was long overdue and "East India Company like situations should be nipped in Bud".
Ola is a perfect example of the fact that your social media achievements mean nothing if you don't perform well in real life situation.
— Priyanka Lahiri (@lahirip) April 8, 2015
Ola cabs, may be this is why the Hyderabadi passenger asked for a Hindu driver, as the population of hyderabad... http://t.co/E3uYJXjsOz
— sibu (@16sibu) April 8, 2015
— Indian Nerve (@IndianNerve) April 7, 2015
Hindu Muslim Ola drivers aside, Meru Cabs ko to "Bhai driver aayega ke nahi?" wala tweet bhejna padta hai. — Bajirao Bakshy (@bizzarebhide) April 7, 2015
What happened when a customer asked Ola for a 'Hindu' driver http://t.co/pDbAO2JN1p
— uncannybal (@uncannybal) April 7, 2015