Cabbie Charges Overweight Passenger for Blown Tire

Passenger pays, but files formal complaint
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2015 3:51 PM CDT
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(Newser) – When a Rome cab driver's back tire blew as he was taking a passenger from the train station to a medical clinic, the cabbie decided it was the passenger's fault—because he reportedly weighs 336 pounds—and charged him an extra $56, the Road Warrior Voices blog reports. Though the unnamed passenger paid the fare, he later filed a formal complaint against the driver. "I felt humiliated. It wasn’t fair," he tells a Rome newspaper, as cited by the Local. "This is also a kind of discrimination. It was obvious that he was mocking me because I am obese."

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