A shocking video captured the moment a man racially abuses a number of taxi drivers – telling them to ‘go back to their own country’. The exchange, which was recorded by a driver at the scene, happened in the early hours of the morning outside Hull Paragon Interchange. The driver, who does not want to be named, said the racist man was calling the taxi drivers ‘cowards’.
He said: ‘The gentleman who was abusing the taxi drivers, he came to get a taxi. ‘It is the rules from the council that if you feel somebody is a bit too drunk or looks dodgy to you, you can ask for money upfront.
‘When the driver asked for money upfront from the gentleman, he said he didn’t have any money. ‘So the driver said it’s OK you don’t have money, you aren’t going far away, I will drop you off. But while he was talking, he wet his jeans. He peed on his pants when he was talking. ‘The taxi driver said “I will take you without money that’s fine but I cannot carry you because you have peed yourself and there will be loads of people who will be sitting on the seat so sorry I cannot carry you”. ‘So because of this he started abusing all of them racially.’
The taxi driver, 27, said the man was shouting at all of the taxi drivers there that night. ‘He was shouting at all of us – “you guys are cowards, go back to your own country”,’ he said.
‘He started saying “you don’t deserve [to be] here. You guys are robbing us”. ‘One of the taxi drivers said “why are you doing this we are happy here?”. He said “yeah you will be happy here because you are robbing me, you are robbing my money”.’ The taxi driver who filmed the footage last week is from Bangladesh. He said he did not react, only filming what was happening in case it was needed for evidence.
A petition calling for Erewash cabbies to be allowed to have fully-tinted windows in their taxis has been rejected over fears that vehicles could be used to enable the abuse of vulnerable children and adults.