A Cabbie, a Scumbag, and a Good Samaritan

In January 2014, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, taxi driver BJ Roberts, age 75, got stiffed out of a $220 fare by a man in his 20s. The man had asked how much it would cost to go from Victoria General Hospital to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and he told Mr. Roberts that his mother would pay the cab fare. The man even called — or pretended to — the hospital and talked to “Cindy,” whom he said worked in the lab. Once at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, the man said that he would go inside and get his mother, but he did not come back. Mr. Roberts said, “After about five minutes, I started getting a bad feeling. I really never saw it coming.” Mr. Roberts went inside and discovered that no Cindy worked in the lab: “I said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just got scammed out of $225.’” Fortunately, a man in his 50s gave Mr. Roberts money to cover the fare:  “And this guy said, ‘Excuse me, sir. Here, please take this, there’s $225 here, I want you to have it.’ I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He said, ‘Listen, I’ve driven cabs for some years when I was younger, I got shafted a few times, and I didn’t like it. It’s not fair to you. I can afford it, please take it.’” Mr. Roberts thanked the Good Samaritan, who wanted to remain anonymous. Mr. Roberts said, “It leaves me feeling very good.” He added, “I will never make that mistake again.”

For Further Information: Katie DeRosa, “Good Samaritan gives driver $225 after Victoria man ditches cab fare.” Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada). 20 January 2014


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