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Taxi driver sought following violent incident with customer
Police in Brussels are looking for a taxi driver who threw a woman to the ground and hit her repeatedly. The incident followed an altercation in which the customer was being charged more than usual for the ride.
The young woman had called the cab to drive her to work in the early morning hours of Sunday, which she does every week, she told Bruzz. The taxi picked her up at 5.30, and the trouble started right away when the driver refused her bank card.
This was not only unusual, it’s illegal. Official taxi drivers in Brussels must accept bank cards for payment.
He took her instead to a bank machine, where she withdrew cash. Upon arriving at her destination, she said, he told her that the fare was €21. “This ride has never cost me more than €13,” she told the paper.
Having had enough, she proceeded to call Taxis Verts’ dispatch office, which sent the driver into a rage. He pulled her from the car, pushed her to the ground and hit her several times. He also stomped on her hand and on her mobile phone.
The woman got away and called the police, who are now looking for the driver. His name has not been released, but Taxis Verts has suspended him and are carrying out an internal investigation.
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