Sydney taxi driver pushes woman to the ground after she refused to pay
Wild moment a taxi driver pushes a woman onto the ground after she ‘refused to pay’ an $80 fare: ‘Don’t touch me, it’s assault!’
- Taxi driver and passenger clashed over unpaid fare
- Stunned onlookers urged taxi driver to let her go
Shocking footage has captured the moment a taxi driver pushed a passenger to the ground after confronting her over an unpaid fare.
It’s alleged the woman had hitched a ride in a taxi before she was dropped off at Rhodes, in Sydney’s inner west, with the fare reported to be around $80.
She began to leave when the driver stopped her on the footpath and demanded she pay the fare.
Stunned locals gathered around the pair, with one recording the incident as it escalated, while the taxi driver attempted to drag the woman back into the vehicle.
‘Don’t touch me. It’s assault!’ the woman screamed.
She slaps the driver in the face prompting him to turn to the crowd.
Shocking footage has captured the moment a taxi driver clashed with a passenger over an unpaid fare
‘See? She hit me, okay?’ he said.
The driver continues to stand in the way of the woman and repeatedly tries to push and grab her, forcing her back to the wall of a storefront.
One bystander urges the driver to let the passenger go.
‘What are you going to get out of her?’ he said.
The passenger repeatedly screams for the driver to move out of her way.
The driver is seen pushing her back, dodging another slap to the face, and following her onto the road.
‘Get away from me!’ the passenger screamed.
Moments later the passenger is pushed onto the ground by the taxi driver, before she is seen crying on the ground as the driver stands over her.
A man off-camera is heard saying, ‘Man, that’s too far’.
Stunned locals gathered around the pair with one recording the incident as it escalated
The crying woman eventually stands up to walk away as the driver stands defeated on the road.
Footage of the heated argument was uploaded to Facebook where social media users were quick to slam the bystanders for telling to driver to let the passenger go.
‘Let her go! That $80 could be what this hardworking man was looking for to feed his family for the night,’ one wrote
‘Let someone take your only way of feeding your family that day. You’ll do the same.’
Another added: ‘Mr Taxi Man is just trying to make a living. Times a tough.’
Other social media users defended the woman saying the driver should have backed away.
‘He can’t treat her like that regardless,’ one wrote.
Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW Police for comment.