A teenager has spoken of her shock and terror after she says a taxi driver launched a foul-mouthed rant against her and her friends following a night out at Atik.
Abbie Jones, a student at the University of Hull, went to the city centre nightclub with friends on Friday before heading to Hull Paragon to get a taxi home at around 3am on Saturday, March 9.
The 18-year-old was part of a group of eight and according to Miss Jones, they were the only ones in the interchange in the early hours of the morning.
Miss Jones and three of her friends got in one taxi but as another friend came to join them in the cab, the driver allegedly startling hurling abuse at them.
She said: “The driver turned around straight away and started swearing and we were all taken aback. He said nothing then started shouting ‘get in my f****** taxi. I will leave if you don’t. Get the f*** in right now’.
“None of us could believe it and then my other friend refused to get into the taxi. He said ‘I’m not going with you’ and slammed the door closed.”
Miss Jones said the group were “tipsy” but not “overly drunk”, with nobody misbehaving in the taxi.
The teenager, who is living in student halls, was the first to leave the taxi and as the group disembarked Miss Jones moved towards the front of the vehicle to text her other friends to say she had arrived home safely.
She expected the driver to leave but he is then said to have driven up alongside Miss Jones before launching another foul-mouthed tirade.
“He started shouting saying ‘do you want my f****** number? You can come in and f****** get it’. He carried on shouting this constant abuse and he was shouting ‘come back in the vehicle and get it yourself’.
“I showed him my phone and that I was texting my friends but he kept shouting. He refused to leave and carried on shouting so we walked off and went to reception until he left.”
Horrified by her experiences both at Hull Paragon and outside her accommodation, Miss Jones noted down the driver’s details which were available to see in the back of the taxi.
She admits this is the first time she has had an unnerving experience with a taxi driver in the city since moving here from Leeds in September 2018.
“It was unusual and it made me feel uncomfortable,” Miss Jones said. “As a girl and with everything going on in Hull I am glad I was with my friends.
“It was scary and horrible. We paid him, he did his job and he should have left. My group is mostly girls and we make sure none of us go out on our own and we do feel uneasy given what has happened recently.
“It was just such a shock. I have never been in a situation like that and none of us knew how to react.”
A day after Miss Jones’ experience, a mum from Hessle said she was left stranded in Spring Bank around 4am on Sunday morning after the taxi driver allegedly told her to leave the cab when she said she had no money.
Miss Jones believes it would have been a lot more dangerous had she been more drunk and she believes the driver should have shown more care and respect to his passengers on that night.
“I know they are handling drunk people but they should understand the situation they are in,” she said. “They have a duty to make sure people get home – they shouldn’t be hurling abuse.
“He shouldn’t be in that position and if I were a girl on my own I could have been wasted drunk and not known what I was doing and God knows what would have happened then.”
In a short statement, spokeswoman for Hull City Council confirmed that they were unaware of the incident and have encouraged Miss Jones to speak to them.
The statement read: “We currently have no record of this alleged incident. We would encourage those involved to contact us at the earliest opportunity”.