Driver’s plea to thieves
CABBIE J a c k Worsfol d hopes guilt will get the better of heartless thieves who stole a set of wheelchair straps that he uses to help disabled children from his vehicle.
Mr Wo r s f o l d s a i d h e suspected he knew who the culprits were after obtaining photos from his taxi’s in-car camera and the name of the person who booked the taxi, but wanted to appeal to their sense of decency before taking his complaint to police.
The frustrated driver said he noticed the straps were missing after he was called to pick up two disabled children from a school on Friday afternoon.
He said while he was still able to help one child, he was not able to help the other one given he was not able t o s ecure her wheelchair properly.
‘‘ When I got to my school run, I was supposed to pick up two kids, but I was only able to pick up one and the other one had to get another taxi,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s incredibly
at 3pm on a Friday afternoon, so the poor little girl didn’t get home until pretty late.’’
Mr Worsfold said while the straps cost around $ 200 to $ 250 to replace, they would be of no use to those who stole them as they were custom-made for taxis.
‘ ‘ They are adapted for anchors in the floor of the cab,’’ he said.
‘‘ They’re of no use to anybody unless they have the same sort of van fitted out wi t h t h e s a me s o r t o f a nchors f o r wheelchair straps. They just took them as a sort of trophy.’’
But Mr Worsfold said it was t he human aspect, rather than the financial loss, that hurt the most.
‘‘ There was a job yesterday afternoon for two people in wheelchairs that I normally do, but I was unable to do it,’’ he said.
Mr Worsfold said he hoped the thieves would return the straps.
However, he warned if nobody came forward by the end of the week, he would have no choice but to go to the police with the name and photos.
Mr Worsfold said anyone who knew where the straps were and wanted to return them could call him on 0417 107 585. BRING THEM BACK: Cabbie Jack Worsfold hopes thieves will return wheelchair safety straps taken from his vehicle