Taxi driver battered and robbed after confronting passenger over damaged door in Farnworth

Taxi driver battered and robbed after confronting passenger over damaged door

CCTV showing the passenger attacking the driver before robbing him in Albert Road, Farnworth

CCTV showing the passenger attacking the driver before robbing him in Albert Road, Farnworth

CCTV showing the passenger attacking the driver before robbing him in Albert Road, Farnworth

A woman who may have witnessed the attack. Police would also like to speak to her.

CCTV showing the passenger attacking the driver before robbing him in Albert Road, Farnworth

CCTV showing the passenger attacking the driver before robbing him in Albert Road, Farnworth

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A TAXI driver was battered and robbed after confronting a passenger who damaged his car.

The attack happened when the cabbie stopped at the Texaco petrol station in Albert Road, Farnworth, at the request of one of his four passengers.

There, one of the four men, who he had picked up outside The Swan in Bolton, damaged his car door as he got out, prompting the driver to get out and have a look.

When the passenger came back to the taxi, the driver asked him what had happened.

The man then attacked the driver before rummaging through his pockets and stealing cash, before running away with the other three men along Albert Road towards King Street.

The driver was taken to hospital with facial injuries that needed stitches.

Detectives have now released a CCTV image of the man they are trying to trace.

He is white, 20 to 25 years old, medium build and was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt.

Police are also trying to identify a woman caught on CCTV who witnessed the incident.

Det Con Jon Marsh said: “The victim was trying to earn an honest living, having worked all night and into the early hours of the morning.

“I am releasing the CCTV images from the petrol forecourt in the hope someone will know who the offender is.

“I am also keen to speak to the woman, who we believe will have seen what happened.

“I want to stress she could be a valuable witness and is not under suspicion of any offence.

“If anyone has any information about either person please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 8565608, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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7:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pecky2k says...

I don't condone the violence, that's wrong.
But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind??
That happens every day!!
I don't condone the violence, that's wrong. But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind?? That happens every day!! pecky2k
  • Score: 60

8:19pm Fri 8 Aug 14

catsden says...

pecky2k wrote:
I don't condone the violence, that's wrong.
But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind??
That happens every day!!
This taxi driver was trying to earn a living, no excuse for battering him, such a stupid comment.
[quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: I don't condone the violence, that's wrong. But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind?? That happens every day!![/p][/quote]This taxi driver was trying to earn a living, no excuse for battering him, such a stupid comment. catsden
  • Score: -17

8:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

It happens to often the courts need to start making examples of some of these thugs to deter others.
It happens to often the courts need to start making examples of some of these thugs to deter others. Wolfie190
  • Score: -18

8:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

peterjames5 says...

Awful what some of these drivers have to put up with.

Dreadful pay and long hours then scum like this into the bargain.

Just hope they get him soon.
Awful what some of these drivers have to put up with. Dreadful pay and long hours then scum like this into the bargain. Just hope they get him soon. peterjames5
  • Score: -28

9:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

nazpbolton says...

pecky2k wrote:
I don't condone the violence, that's wrong.
But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind??
That happens every day!!
What a looser. Be a bus wa**er then you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: I don't condone the violence, that's wrong. But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind?? That happens every day!![/p][/quote]What a looser. Be a bus wa**er then you idiot. nazpbolton
  • Score: -47

9:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

albertmodley says...

catsden wrote:
pecky2k wrote:
I don't condone the violence, that's wrong.
But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind??
That happens every day!!
This taxi driver was trying to earn a living, no excuse for battering him, such a stupid comment.
Agreed.Best advice to taxi drivers-Dont take these types into dos areas, like farnworth, tell em to walk.Better to lose a fare than your life.
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: I don't condone the violence, that's wrong. But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind?? That happens every day!![/p][/quote]This taxi driver was trying to earn a living, no excuse for battering him, such a stupid comment.[/p][/quote]Agreed.Best advice to taxi drivers-Dont take these types into dos areas, like farnworth, tell em to walk.Better to lose a fare than your life. albertmodley
  • Score: -48

10:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ch227dsh says...

Poor bloke. Makes me sick seeing mindless acts like this. This man could be your dad or grandad, trying to pay the bills. Unfortunately that job entails ferrying young idiots that can't handle their beer. More security needed for taxi drivers. Either that, or make an example of this thug and lock him up. Bet your mums is so proud
Poor bloke. Makes me sick seeing mindless acts like this. This man could be your dad or grandad, trying to pay the bills. Unfortunately that job entails ferrying young idiots that can't handle their beer. More security needed for taxi drivers. Either that, or make an example of this thug and lock him up. Bet your mums is so proud Ch227dsh
  • Score: -44

11:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mb63 says...

I am most definitely NOT, having a go at taxi drivers here, and this is going to sound totally hypocritical. I despise paying for a taxi.
When you ring a taxi firm, they are the most arrogant customer service people you can get!
I am not joking, one of the biggest reasons pubs are dead is because of the state of Boltons' Private Hire Firms!
And it is NOT down to the Drivers, it is down to the Owners of these firms!
Some drivers i know, have to do 80+ hours a week to make it pay!
If only the IMBECILES that abuse Taxi drivers had to endure what they put up with...........
I am most definitely NOT, having a go at taxi drivers here, and this is going to sound totally hypocritical. I despise paying for a taxi. When you ring a taxi firm, they are the most arrogant customer service people you can get! I am not joking, one of the biggest reasons pubs are dead is because of the state of Boltons' Private Hire Firms! And it is NOT down to the Drivers, it is down to the Owners of these firms! Some drivers i know, have to do 80+ hours a week to make it pay! If only the IMBECILES that abuse Taxi drivers had to endure what they put up with........... mb63
  • Score: 47

11:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

dameous says...

A nasty, cowardly assault by a moronic thug. I hope the driver is OK and not too badly affected by the whole incident.
A nasty, cowardly assault by a moronic thug. I hope the driver is OK and not too badly affected by the whole incident. dameous
  • Score: -54

11:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

The Running Man says...

pecky2k wrote:
I don't condone the violence, that's wrong.
But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind??
That happens every day!!
Long hours, low pay and absolutely thankless punters. And as for keeping stuff, what a load of blocks. When I was taxiing a woman left her purse bulging with cash I drove back to her posh house in Lostock and put it through the door, didn't receive thanks, kiss my arise or nothing; phones returned to owners, brollies the same, even packets of cigs. Some of our taxi drivers are the best and most honest, don't tar em all with your sh itty brush!
[quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: I don't condone the violence, that's wrong. But that aside what about taxi drivers that steal from the customers by way of bumping the fare up going the long way, demanding tips and also keeping personal items that are mistakenly left behind?? That happens every day!![/p][/quote]Long hours, low pay and absolutely thankless punters. And as for keeping stuff, what a load of blocks. When I was taxiing a woman left her purse bulging with cash I drove back to her posh house in Lostock and put it through the door, didn't receive thanks, kiss my arise or nothing; phones returned to owners, brollies the same, even packets of cigs. Some of our taxi drivers are the best and most honest, don't tar em all with your sh itty brush! The Running Man
  • Score: -43

3:07am Sat 9 Aug 14

Snakestail says...

Only time a taxi driver should get abuse is the same as any motor car driver, when they cut you up or drive recklessly on the roads feel free to swear at them. But to trash their work vehicles, run off without paying them, or in this case, beat and rob them, that goes way beyond anything decent, that is just criminal and anyone that thinks they deserve that for overcharging or deluding a paying passenger needs their head examined, with a lead pipe!

Hope they catch these thugs and that the experience does not ruin this taxi driver's life. Perhaps they should install safety shields and central locking that force the passengers to pay before being released. That won't stop thugs from damaging the car but having decent colour camera's inside the vehicle would help to photograph them. The job is fraught with risk, we aught to be able to lower the amount of risk.
Only time a taxi driver should get abuse is the same as any motor car driver, when they cut you up or drive recklessly on the roads feel free to swear at them. But to trash their work vehicles, run off without paying them, or in this case, beat and rob them, that goes way beyond anything decent, that is just criminal and anyone that thinks they deserve that for overcharging or deluding a paying passenger needs their head examined, with a lead pipe! Hope they catch these thugs and that the experience does not ruin this taxi driver's life. Perhaps they should install safety shields and central locking that force the passengers to pay before being released. That won't stop thugs from damaging the car but having decent colour camera's inside the vehicle would help to photograph them. The job is fraught with risk, we aught to be able to lower the amount of risk. Snakestail
  • Score: 59

3:45pm Sat 9 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Guess the guy was fed up with Rip off taxi fares and never on time arrogant drivers.but thats a bit much.
Guess the guy was fed up with Rip off taxi fares and never on time arrogant drivers.but thats a bit much. artistpaint
  • Score: 57

4:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mike62 says...

What an joke some of these comments are, why do the drivers get the blame for the fares they charge. If i am not mistaken the fares on private hire cabs are set by local authorities so if you want to blame someone blame Bolton council.
As for that thug he deserves a few years inside but as usual he will just get a slapped wrist and told to behave in future, we need to start toughening up and giving out stiffer sentences to these bullies.
What an joke some of these comments are, why do the drivers get the blame for the fares they charge. If i am not mistaken the fares on private hire cabs are set by local authorities so if you want to blame someone blame Bolton council. As for that thug he deserves a few years inside but as usual he will just get a slapped wrist and told to behave in future, we need to start toughening up and giving out stiffer sentences to these bullies. Mike62
  • Score: -49

7:40pm Sat 9 Aug 14

aardwolf says...

artistpaint wrote:
Guess the guy was fed up with Rip off taxi fares and never on time arrogant drivers.but thats a bit much.
bell-end
[quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Guess the guy was fed up with Rip off taxi fares and never on time arrogant drivers.but thats a bit much.[/p][/quote]bell-end aardwolf
  • Score: -93

10:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

emptyhead says...

The assailant was recently bereaved and was acting under the influence of alchohol. He is also the sole provider of three children and the possibility of losing his job and access to his daughters was sausing untold stress at the time of the incident. Mr Thug is a hardworking young man who has never acted in this way before said Mr **** Formoney defending. A prison sentence would be most undeserving in this case and a fine of more than 50 pounds would cause extreme financial hardship for Mr Thugs ex girlfriends and his children. I recommend a suspended sentence and a fine of 3 pounds a week till the end of the month. My client has already apologised wholeheartedly to the victim. Thankyou M'lud.
The assailant was recently bereaved and was acting under the influence of alchohol. He is also the sole provider of three children and the possibility of losing his job and access to his daughters was sausing untold stress at the time of the incident. Mr Thug is a hardworking young man who has never acted in this way before said Mr **** Formoney defending. A prison sentence would be most undeserving in this case and a fine of more than 50 pounds would cause extreme financial hardship for Mr Thugs ex girlfriends and his children. I recommend a suspended sentence and a fine of 3 pounds a week till the end of the month. My client has already apologised wholeheartedly to the victim. Thankyou M'lud. emptyhead
  • Score: -8

10:08am Sun 10 Aug 14

Ch227dsh says...

Looking at all the minus ratings on these comments I feel someone has a bee in their bonnet! As for the comment about what a hard time he's having..,,,,boo hoo. People die every day, live hand to mouth, and some have a much worse time than this bloke. Doesn't mean they go round putting hands round peoples throats and damging other peoples belongings. A moment of madness it may well have been, but simply no excuse good enough I'm afraid
Looking at all the minus ratings on these comments I feel someone has a bee in their bonnet! As for the comment about what a hard time he's having..,,,,boo hoo. People die every day, live hand to mouth, and some have a much worse time than this bloke. Doesn't mean they go round putting hands round peoples throats and damging other peoples belongings. A moment of madness it may well have been, but simply no excuse good enough I'm afraid Ch227dsh
  • Score: -32

10:31am Sun 10 Aug 14

pecky2k says...

So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok?
When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable?
When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable?
When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok?
When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable?
When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine.
Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people.
Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves.
As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant.
If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general.
And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.
So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok? When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable? When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable? When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok? When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable? When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine. Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people. Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves. As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant. If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general. And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past. pecky2k
  • Score: 35

11:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

Ch227dsh says...

pecky2k wrote:
So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok?
When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable?
When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable?
When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok?
When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable?
When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine.
Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people.
Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves.
As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant.
If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general.
And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.
I respect your comments entirely and those are disgraceful scenarios you mention. But I think aside from a couple of comments on here, everyone else is upset by the incident that occurred when this man was just doing his job. Irrespective of the fact his job is a taxi driver. I too used to use the firm you refer too until I passed my test, 3 times a day for work 5 days a week for 3 years. And I made a few complaints about drivers myself but to balance, also met some lovely ones. Just like in any other walk of life. For all we know this driver is one of the good guys, and just because he may hVe colleagues that are tos*ers, I'm sure you agree it doesn't warrant him to be subject to a beating because someone's in a bad mood
[quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok? When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable? When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable? When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok? When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable? When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine. Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people. Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves. As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant. If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general. And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.[/p][/quote]I respect your comments entirely and those are disgraceful scenarios you mention. But I think aside from a couple of comments on here, everyone else is upset by the incident that occurred when this man was just doing his job. Irrespective of the fact his job is a taxi driver. I too used to use the firm you refer too until I passed my test, 3 times a day for work 5 days a week for 3 years. And I made a few complaints about drivers myself but to balance, also met some lovely ones. Just like in any other walk of life. For all we know this driver is one of the good guys, and just because he may hVe colleagues that are tos*ers, I'm sure you agree it doesn't warrant him to be subject to a beating because someone's in a bad mood Ch227dsh
  • Score: -47

1:59pm Sun 10 Aug 14

pecky2k says...

Ch227dsh wrote:
pecky2k wrote:
So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok?
When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable?
When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable?
When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok?
When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable?
When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine.
Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people.
Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves.
As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant.
If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general.
And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.
I respect your comments entirely and those are disgraceful scenarios you mention. But I think aside from a couple of comments on here, everyone else is upset by the incident that occurred when this man was just doing his job. Irrespective of the fact his job is a taxi driver. I too used to use the firm you refer too until I passed my test, 3 times a day for work 5 days a week for 3 years. And I made a few complaints about drivers myself but to balance, also met some lovely ones. Just like in any other walk of life. For all we know this driver is one of the good guys, and just because he may hVe colleagues that are tos*ers, I'm sure you agree it doesn't warrant him to be subject to a beating because someone's in a bad mood
I totally agree, this guy is quite possibly a decent man and whatever may have happened he didn't deserve a kicking.
But the actions of other drivers have possibly had some bearing upon the passengers actions, we don't know the full facts.
It's a job I wouldn't like to do, long hours, extortionate insurance premiums, high fuel costs to name a few drawbacks. Like I said though, Bolton Council could do more.
[quote][p][bold]Ch227dsh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok? When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable? When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable? When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok? When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable? When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine. Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people. Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves. As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant. If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general. And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.[/p][/quote]I respect your comments entirely and those are disgraceful scenarios you mention. But I think aside from a couple of comments on here, everyone else is upset by the incident that occurred when this man was just doing his job. Irrespective of the fact his job is a taxi driver. I too used to use the firm you refer too until I passed my test, 3 times a day for work 5 days a week for 3 years. And I made a few complaints about drivers myself but to balance, also met some lovely ones. Just like in any other walk of life. For all we know this driver is one of the good guys, and just because he may hVe colleagues that are tos*ers, I'm sure you agree it doesn't warrant him to be subject to a beating because someone's in a bad mood[/p][/quote]I totally agree, this guy is quite possibly a decent man and whatever may have happened he didn't deserve a kicking. But the actions of other drivers have possibly had some bearing upon the passengers actions, we don't know the full facts. It's a job I wouldn't like to do, long hours, extortionate insurance premiums, high fuel costs to name a few drawbacks. Like I said though, Bolton Council could do more. pecky2k
  • Score: 71

3:04pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Ch227dsh says...

pecky2k wrote:
Ch227dsh wrote:
pecky2k wrote:
So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok?
When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable?
When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable?
When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok?
When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable?
When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine.
Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people.
Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves.
As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant.
If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general.
And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.
I respect your comments entirely and those are disgraceful scenarios you mention. But I think aside from a couple of comments on here, everyone else is upset by the incident that occurred when this man was just doing his job. Irrespective of the fact his job is a taxi driver. I too used to use the firm you refer too until I passed my test, 3 times a day for work 5 days a week for 3 years. And I made a few complaints about drivers myself but to balance, also met some lovely ones. Just like in any other walk of life. For all we know this driver is one of the good guys, and just because he may hVe colleagues that are tos*ers, I'm sure you agree it doesn't warrant him to be subject to a beating because someone's in a bad mood
I totally agree, this guy is quite possibly a decent man and whatever may have happened he didn't deserve a kicking.
But the actions of other drivers have possibly had some bearing upon the passengers actions, we don't know the full facts.
It's a job I wouldn't like to do, long hours, extortionate insurance premiums, high fuel costs to name a few drawbacks. Like I said though, Bolton Council could do more.
Certainly agree with that
[quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ch227dsh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pecky2k[/bold] wrote: So when your child has to get into one of these taxis regularly and is charged between £4 and £8 for the exact same journey is that ok? When your child gets into a taxi and the Asian driver tells her he loves her and at the journey end asks for a hug is that acceptable? When a driver from Boltons biggest company stalks your child both in the workplace and then attempts to be the allocated driver is that acceptable? When you get in the taxi and the odometer is already reading 0.5 miles and you have to ask the driver to reset it several times before he begrudgingly does is that ok? When yet another Asian driver tells a young girl that she doesn't have to pay, they can make an "arrangement" would you consider that acceptable? When someone rang Boltons biggest to get a cab from work to home on their mobile and between getting in and arriving at home he had lost his phone only realising once out of the car, rang the company back and the driver had apparently gone home after that fare and the phone wasn't there yet an Asian voice answered it the next morning......yes I can only assume from many of the comments on here that is absolutely fine. Each and every one of these scenarios are real, from honest people. Again, I am not condoning violence. What I am saying is that some drivers bring situations on themselves. As one person commented that I am tarring them all with the same brush, yes I probably am but with due cause, there are some cracking drivers out there, one yesterday told me that I had forgotten my seatbelt, the driver on the return journey was quiet but pleasant. If anything Bolton Council should do random spot checks on new drivers and follow any complaint up fully whether it be about an individual driver or a company in general. And for the record the incidents about the driver harassment towards a young lady, well that was my daughter who works very hard for a living and was intimidated by these trusted, honest drivers. They only stopped making continuous passes and generally stalking her when I stepped in.....I just hope all your family and friends find better drivers than we have done in the past.[/p][/quote]I respect your comments entirely and those are disgraceful scenarios you mention. But I think aside from a couple of comments on here, everyone else is upset by the incident that occurred when this man was just doing his job. Irrespective of the fact his job is a taxi driver. I too used to use the firm you refer too until I passed my test, 3 times a day for work 5 days a week for 3 years. And I made a few complaints about drivers myself but to balance, also met some lovely ones. Just like in any other walk of life. For all we know this driver is one of the good guys, and just because he may hVe colleagues that are tos*ers, I'm sure you agree it doesn't warrant him to be subject to a beating because someone's in a bad mood[/p][/quote]I totally agree, this guy is quite possibly a decent man and whatever may have happened he didn't deserve a kicking. But the actions of other drivers have possibly had some bearing upon the passengers actions, we don't know the full facts. It's a job I wouldn't like to do, long hours, extortionate insurance premiums, high fuel costs to name a few drawbacks. Like I said though, Bolton Council could do more.[/p][/quote]Certainly agree with that Ch227dsh
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10:06pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Ch227dsh says...

Ooh I have a troll. Cute. Your my first one. Are you going to stalk all my comments and give multiple thumbs down. God get a job or something. Idle hands and all that........lols....
.or, get some balls and write a comment!
Ooh I have a troll. Cute. Your my first one. Are you going to stalk all my comments and give multiple thumbs down. God get a job or something. Idle hands and all that........lols.... .or, get some balls and write a comment! Ch227dsh
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6:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Agreed.Best advice to taxi drivers-Dont take these types into dos areas, like farnworth, tell em to walk.Better to lose a fare than your life.




I'm shocked.
I think Farnworth is one of the more quiet and decent area's around here.
Agreed.Best advice to taxi drivers-Dont take these types into dos areas, like farnworth, tell em to walk.Better to lose a fare than your life. I'm shocked. I think Farnworth is one of the more quiet and decent area's around here. mrs philainsy
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