Driver’s plea to thieves

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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

busy

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

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