A veteran taxi driver had his license revoked after a midtown surveillance camera caught him yanking a passenger out of his cab and tossing him into the middle of the street – all because he didn’t want to drive to Queens.
“Even without corroborating witness testimony, the video is most compelling evidence,” wrote administrative law judge Tynia Richard in recommending that Sidikiba Diallo, a 20-year cabbie, be stripped of his hack permit.
According to public records, Diallo’s problems began at 3 a.m. on April 8, when he stopped at the Ichi Umi restaurant and bar on East 32d Street off Fifth Avenue and picked up Glenn Yonemitsu, who had been drinking with friends.
Yonemitsu asked to be taken to 41st Street and 43rd Avenue in Queens.
Diallo charged that his passenger was intoxicated and refused to take him.
For several minutes, the two argued.
“Mr. Yonemitsu is expelled from the rear seat onto the street and respondent (Diallo) tumbles out after him,” Richard recounted. “As Mr. Yonemitsu scrambles from the street, respondent tries to slam the door to prevent him from getting back into the cab. The two men are in the street struggling over the door as (a) pedestrian approaches and tries to stop them…”
After Yonemitsu makes it back in, Diallo “in a single motion hurls Mr. Yonemitsu to the ground several feet across the street,” she added.
The drama concluded with the cab taking off — with both rear doors wide open — with Yonemitsu once again inside.
Diallo testified that his stubborn passenger eventually left when he told him he was driving to a police precinct.
The judge slapped Yonemitsu for not simply walking away from the confrontation and filing a complaint afterwards .
But she imposed the harshest penalty on Diallo, saying even if his passenger was intoxicated and provoked him, a licensed cabbie can’t take matters into his own hands.
“The appropriate remedy would have been to call the police,” she said.
Source: The NY Post