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DC Councilwoman: Taxi Kinda Kidnapped My Daughter
Bizarre tale as council reviews taxis that violate rule requiring card swiper
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 20, 2014 2:44 PM CST
A taxi stand is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – It's always annoying when a cab won't take your credit card, and it's even more annoying when that leads to them locking you in the cab and driving off. That's what allegedly happened to the daughter of DC council member Mary Cheh, the lawmaker said during a hearing yesterday. The council was looking at allegations that some cabs are flouting rules requiring them to have operable credit card machines, the Washington Post explains. Cheh's daughter, a 26-year-old lawyer, found herself in one such cab, and threatened to report it.

At that point the driver locked the doors, drove her "many blocks away," and called police to say he had a customer refusing to pay. "It was really egregious," Cheh said, adding that it "actually meets the definition of kidnapping," and could be a felony. Police at the time didn't take action against either party, but at the hearing, DC's taxi commissioner said the driver might now lose his license over it, WUSA 9 reports. He added that Cheh wasn't alone, and that they'd had "several instances of that locking-the-door business."

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DenverTodd
Feb 20, 2014 4:53 PM CST
It would be so easy to have a backup such as Square or Gopayment. The cab company can even arrange to have to driver call in the number to be processed over the phone. Come to think of it, there a driver could even touch in the numbers on his phone pad. There is really no reason that a credit card charge can't be made for a willing customer.
oldgoat
Feb 20, 2014 4:23 PM CST
If you go on a cash only most of the younger generation that I know would be out of luck. They are lucky to have a few dollars in their pockets. For them a card is the only way to go and who wants to walk around with a bunch of cash in their pockets?
wartengu
Feb 20, 2014 3:44 PM CST
Cash only, your credit is no good here. More businesses should refuse credit cards. They are a big scam anyway.