A taxi driver in Germany attacked a woman over a fare dispute and locked her in the trunk of his cab. The argument occurred when the 32-year-old female passenger accused the driver of taking a longer route home in order to increase the fare.
The 57-year-old taxi driver reportedly punched the woman in the face and then shoved her into the trunk of his car. He then drove the cab to his home and left the woman locked in the car. She was finally rescued after neighbors reported screaming coming from inside the trunk of the taxi cab.
The woman had also used her cell phone to call the police, but her rescue did not occur until five hours later. She was hospitalized for shock and severe bruising on her arms and legs. The bruising is likely to have come from attempts to escape the trunk of the taxi cab.
Taxi Safety in the U.S.
Typically, stories are reported about taxi drivers being the victims of assault, not the perpetrators. In the U.S., OSHA statistics report that taxicab drivers are 60 times more likely than other workers to be murdered on the job. The fact that drivers work with a wide cross section of the public, handle cash, work alone, work at night and travel through areas that are often high-crime, makes them more vulnerable to robbery and physical attack. It seems odd that a male driver would so aggressively attack a female passenger over something as trivial as a single fare.