A taxi driver who drove two girls to a police station after they refused to pay him is devastated after being accused on Facebook of kidnapping them.
The mother of one of the girls in Hull posted a picture of Yakup Kahramanog, 42, online and he quickly began getting threats and abuse.
Taxi drivers are advised to drive passengers who re-fuse to pay their fares directly to a police station but the backlash against Mr Kahramanog has left him considering giving up his job. He told the Hull Daily Mail: “This is a really horrible situation to be in, it’s libellous. There are thousands of people on Facebook who have seen the post and I feel like I am being judged by them.
“I don’t want to go to work at night now, I am even thinking of leaving the taxi job and selling my car. I just don’t know what could happen to me.
“How can I work confidently when I know someone who has seen me on Facebook could get in my car and attack me?”
Mr Kahramanog picked the girls up recently in west Hull and drove them to-wards their homes, but they aroused suspicion by taking their shoes off and whispering to each other.
He asked them for £12, but they could only offer him £1. Then he asked them to get their parents to pay or to go to a cash machine; after they refused he drove to the police station.
Peter Nilsson, chairman of the Hull Hackney Carriage Association, backed Mr Kahramanog after viewing the CCTV footage. He said: “He has acted in exactly the way he should. He never went anywhere near the girls and they were safe in the back of the vehicle.
“What he has gone through is awful. The woman has been judge, jury and executed him on social media.”
Humberside Police confirmed they had given advice to both the taxi driver and the girls’ parents as the issue was a civil not a criminal matter.
Mmmm… Don’t even get started on the subject of Facebook, and other social media, and the damage they can and do cause. This driver’s livelihood has been hung out to dry via a Facebook attack, merely because he thought he was (and actually he was) doing the right thing. Those doors were not locked; the passengers were not kidnapped. He merely took them to the local police station for non-payment, which is an offence on the part of the passenger no matter how you look at it. CCTV offered proof that the driver did not do anything wrong. Where’s the justice? – Ed.