The mother of a man who fled from a taxi without paying has penned a touching note to the driver apologising for her son’s actions.
The Mirror reports that the taxi driver Steve Wee picked up two men in Cambridge but before they reached their drop off, the men allegedly got out of the taxi and ran along a pathway – one of them tripping up and dropping an iPhone in the process – which was caught on camera.
The mother of one of the men has now attempted to make amends with a touching card saying she was “so sorry” about the actions of her son, as well as money for the fare, according to the Cambridge News.
In her letter, the mother, who doesn’t reveal her name, says: “Dear Steve, I am sorry for my son not paying for the cab ride from Arbury to Lolworth. I am very disappointed in him. This is a little something to say sorry.”
Mr Wee said: “It was never about the money. It was the principle. Well I’d like to say thank you to the brave mother of one of the boys. She came up to Panther and dropped off this card. Thank you and I hope he’s in the doghouse for putting you in that position.”
Paul Bradley, vice chairman of Cambridge Hackney and Private Hire Association, praised the mother for her actions.
He said: “This was a lovely gesture from this guy’s mother to Steve. I hope her son will learn a valuable lesson that this is not only illegal but the effect it has on drivers who are self employed and have bills and families to feed like everyone else.
“Unfortunately people breaking the law in this way hardens trusting drivers, making them ask for money up front for out of city jobs which makes it sometimes awkward between the driver and person wanting to travel being asked, and can sometimes set the mood off on the wrong foot.”
Mr Wee did manage to capture the incident on camera as the men ran along a footpath but did not report the incident to police, saying: “I think the police have better things to do”.
But police have now urged taxi drivers to report any such incidents and that any such reports will be investigated.
A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: “We take all reports of crime very seriously and ask that if you feel you have been the victim of this type or any other crime you report it to police on 101. Or in the event of an emergency call 999.”