A blind woman who also suffers from epilepsy was stranded two miles from home by a minicab driver who mocked her disability. The callous cabbie laughed at Lisa Medgett after she told him she could not see various local landmarks. Lisa, from Lee in South London, ordered a mini cab from Sure Cars in nearby Hither Green to take her to Bromley some four miles away in order to do some shopping.
The driver then marooned her at a petrol station in Downham – two miles from her home and still another two miles from Bromley town centre – telling her she was ‘at her destination’.
Miss Medgett only found out what had happened when a passer-by told her she was not in Bromley and helped her order another taxi to take her home.
She told reporters; “He was really abusive – he was making fun and mocking me.
“He said ‘you should be able to point things out,,,, you should know where you are – it is your fault you can’t see’.
“Then he dumped me by a petrol station in Downham instead of Bromley – it was very frightening.”
Miss Medgett also said the driver tried to charge her £50 for the two-mile trip despite being quoted £9 by the minicab firm last week.
Michael Ellis, speaking for Sure Cars, says the incident was a misunderstanding and that Miss Medgett had been reimbursed for the trip.
Mr Ellis added: “The whole situation has been resolved satisfactorily. “Miscommunication is the only conclusion that can be drawn.
“There are three sides to every story, her story, the driver’s story and the truth.”
He went on to say the driver was satisfied that he had dropped Ms Medgett at the correct destination and speculated that ‘language barrier issues’ may have been at the root of the misunderstanding.