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Cabbie accused of extorting 10 percent tip

Published: Wed, June 16, 2010 @ 8:57 a.m.

KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities in the New Orleans area say a cab driver is accused of locking a Texas tourist in his cab and demanding a 10 percent tip on a $33 airport fare.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says in an incident report that 37-year-old Sohail Kahn was booked with extortion and false imprisonment, and the New Orleans Taxicab Regulation Bureau also seized his permit.

Kahn could not be reached for comment Wednesday by The Associated Press because he has no listed phone number.

The Times-Picayune quotes the incident report as saying the passenger, a 57-year-old woman from Bellaire, Texas, called 911 from her cell phone after arguing with the driver for a half-hour.


1PXGhost(51 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

So... he locked a 57 year old woman in his cab... and demanded a tip of $3.30... and the lady called 9-1-1?

How stupid are people? Him for locking the door, and her for giving a tip of LESS THAN $3.30??? Can you say 'CHEAP?!'

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2Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I can't believe I just read that. Unreal.

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3Ianacek(908 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I was in New Orleans last week . A lovely town , but its taxi industry is notorious for ripoffs & poor driver training. Fortunately, the Council there is currently reviewing the way the industry is run .

I took the airconditioned Regional Transport Authority public bus to & from the airport at New Orleans . Cost $2 & no arguments about a tip . The stop locations & timetables are not well advertized , but are available online . Otherwise , there is the Super Shuttle at $17 , but it needs to be booked a few days in advance .

Shops also advertize prices there , then add a 10% sales tax , which surprizes many - especially the international visitors the City relies on .

Their hotels also charge separately on checkout for use of a room safe, telephone & internet even if you don't actually use them .

.In today's world , towns economies will suffer where there isf lack of transparency & honesty in dealings; because visitors can go elsewhere . In many countries , there is little or no expectation of having to give any service provider a tip , because they are paid a wage or salary already .

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago


See it's things like this that makes you wish you could be in more than one place at a time.

This is an instance where that lady paid her fare and that should have been the end of it. Where since that cabbie wanted to go the route he did.

In a manner he'd understand and learn to respect he needs to be physically counseled. Not verbally chastised or told he went way to far but literally and physically,.. counseled.

It's indefensible guys like him that makes some good people temporarily shelve their decorum. And endure meetings with magistrates merely as a manner of how he was responded to.

I wonder if he realizes crime doesn't always pay and $3.30 cents isn't worth a receiving a periorbital hematoma and wouldn't fix / repair his dental work either.

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