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Unhelpful cabbie

By fnaah 19 December 2011 21

After a few drinks late Friday night (possibly early Saturday), I caught a cab home.

After I’d paid the driver, I stepped out of the cab, only to realise that my iPhone had slipped out of my pocket. I whistled and shouted at the rapidly retreating cab, but the driver didn’t stop.

I went inside immediately and called my phone three times (i know it wasn’t on silent, and the ringer volume was quite high), and on the fourth attempt, it went straight to voicemail. I then called the cab company (spent five minutes in the call queue), who advised that they could send the driver a message if I agreed to pay an equivalent fare to have the driver come back. I reluctantly agreed, but no driver turned up.

The next morning (after calling my telco and putting a temporary block on the SIM and the handset), I called the cab company again, gave them all the details (again), and they said they’d send a message to the cab. I heard nothing all day, called back at approx 5pm, and was told that they’d send another message and I’d have to call the admin/lost property number on Monday.

So this morning, that’s what I did. The lost property person took all the details (again), and told me they would try to get in touch with the driver (again). I am not hopeful.

So, dear Rioters, aside from “cop it sweet”, what recourse do I have? Given that the driver wouldn’t have had time to pick up another fare before I rang my phone, I am fairly certain that the driver of Taxi 47 heard my phone ring, switched it off, pocketed it, and completely ignored the repeated messages sent out by his employers. No, I haven’t set up an iCloud account, so I don’t have device tracking on.

Will our boys in blue have anything to do with this?

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Skyring 9:53 pm 15 Jan 12

It’s really up to passengers not to leave their property in a cab. Once it’s gone, you have very little comeback. The next passenger could pick it up and take it. it could slip down under the seat and not be found for some time. Or the driver may not be able to reach it and answer it in traffic.

I usually bust a gut to get a phone back to its owner, because I know how much anguish I felt when a passenger knocked off my brand new phone one evening, but sometimes I find a phone with a dead battery in some odd corner of the cab and there’s nothing for it but to drop it off at the lost and found box at the cab company. When I’m next passing by.

Assuming that the cabbie found the phone and stole it is a bit of a stretch. Best bet is to find TX 47 and ask the driver, preferably waving a nicely coloured banknote at him. Likely it will be sitting in the centre console, unloved and unwanted.

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