Taxi driv­ers cop spit, slap

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO Moss­man taxi driv­ers were al­legedly as­saulted on the way to Moss­man Gorge com­mu­nity last week.

Moss­man Taxi Ser­vice driv­ers Michael Plum­mer and Karen Westcott were do­ing their man­ager a favour over the week­end by tak­ing on ex­tra shifts but were both al­legedly as­saulted by the same per­son.

“On Thurs­day night my part­ner Michael was driv­ing the taxi and a woman spat on him af­ter re­fus­ing to pay her fee,” Ms Westcott said. “She wanted a free ride and he told said, ’I’m sorry we don’t do free rides’.”

The next morn­ing Ms Westcott was al­legedly driv­ing the taxi and the same woman slapped her across the face and ver­bally abused her for re­fus­ing to drive her.

“When I saw the woman I re­fused to let her in the ve­hi­cle be­cause of what she did to my hus­band the pre­vi­ous night,” she said.

“She opened the door and got in the back of the ve­hi­cle so I got out walked around to the door and asked her to get out of the taxi. She then ver­bally abused me as she got out of the taxi and I trans­ported the other pas­sen­gers to the Gorge.”

When Ms Westcott was called to her next job the woman al­legedly walked up to the taxi, opened the driver’s door and slapped her across the face.

“It shook me up a bit and I wasn’t game enough to put my glasses on be­cause I was too fright­ened she was go­ing to hit me again,” she said. “I fum­bled for my phone to call the po­lice and told ev­ery­one to get in the taxi so we could drive off.

“Peo­ple need to re­alise that you can’t do things like this - we are try­ing to do a ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and we don’t de­serve to be put down, rub­bished or abused. “

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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