Eighty euro for a ride that would cost only thirty. Why? For the extra pounds. “Because of him one of the tyres burst” the unscrupulous driver said, talking about the man who had to reach Rome’s EUR district from Termini station. The taxi driver, freaking out because of the flat tyre, demanded the customer the extra money, accusing him of having caused the problem because of his obesity.
The 59-year-old man from Lecce had gone to the capital for a series of medical checks that he has to repeat periodically. Once got off the train, as he had already done many times before, he went to the nearest taxi station waiting for his turn to go.
On the way, the driver was forced to pull over because a tyre had burst. When he got back into the taxi, the customer heard him muttering, and thought he was just irritated. At the end of the ride, the taxi driver started to complain and to accuse the man of having caused the damage. After having been asked for 50 Euros for the change of the tyre and noticing the unexplained anger of the driver, the 59-year-old man preferred not to start discussing and paid 80 euro: “I felt humiliated – the man said – it’s an injustice”.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo