Taxi drivers cop spit, slap
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.