This particular incident involved drivers of minibuses, said to have been picking up without prior appointments. It arose when a taxi driver confronted minibus drivers, accusing them of acting illegally and describing them as "pirates". One of the minibus drivers slapped him. Once images of what had happened started to be disseminated, a group of taxi drivers decided to stop work. Others soon joined them. Between 2.30pm and 5pm, the taxi drivers refused to take passengers except families with children, the elderly, people with mobility problems and ones who were going to hospitals.
The National Police and airport security had to intervene in order to prevent violence. Insults were traded, the taxi drivers keeping up a shout of "pirates". The taxi drivers criticised the fact that no one from Palma town hall went to the scene and that there weren't any Palma police officers.
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Suspending the taxis to pick up people just aggravate the situation of not enough taxis. As usual never mind the customers, they can wait, can't they? The taxi i drivers behave like divas, if enough of taxis the pirates would have little or no work.