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Drivers are putting out-of-service taxis in Thailand to new use


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NICK EICHER, HOST: Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden.”

Some parking lots are loaded with taxi cabs still not in service due to Covid.

But workers from two taxi cooperatives have decided to put the cars to good use even while they’re otherwise not in use.

They have assembled miniature cartop gardens.

They stretched black plastic bags across bamboo frames. Then they added soil on top of that and began growing produce on the roofs and hoods of the cars—including tomatoes, cucumbers and string beans.

One taxi operator explained that the cartop “vegetable garden is both an act of protest” against virus lockdowns “and a way to feed my staff during this tough time.”

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