My dad is a black-cab driver in London. Yesterday, he was driving around Notting Hill when an apparently notorious local nutjob attempted to hail him. Knowing what's good for him, my dad ignored the aforementioned nutjob and instead continued on his way. Unfortunately, the nutjob gave chase, and when my dad was forced to stop at a set of traffic lights, he got into the taxi and proceeded to kick in the perspex partition which separates the front off the cab from the back. As my dad attempted to call the police, a piece of plastic flew just past his head and shattered the windscreen.
This is the story I heard yesterday, anyway. It now appears, however, that that's not exactly how things went down, or at least, some important details were omitted by the teller. For when the punter eventually managed to catch up with my dad and get into the taxi, he didn't immediately become aggressive, but rather asked to be taken somewhere. And rather than sticking to his guns and refusing, my dad thought to himself "Well, he's in the cab now - might as well get some money out of it".
So he took the man to his desired destination, and when they arrived, the man asked if my dad would wait for him while he went to collect someone from a block of flats. "That's not how it works," my dad informed the man. "You have to leave me a deposit if you want me to wait for you." After much arguing, the man threw £3 at my dad. £3 of what had thus far amounted to a £4 fare. But that wasn't enough for my dad. These pennies don't earn themselves. So he locked the man in the taxi and told him that he wouldn't be allowed out until he'd paid the extra pound. A man my dad had previously refused to let into the taxi at all because he knew him to be a potentially dangerous nutter. And *then* he kicked in the partition.
"What if he hadn't become aggressive?" I asked my dad. "How long would this battled of wills have lasted? And what if he'd genuinely only had £3 on him?"
"I would have taken him to the police station," my dad replied, straight-faced. The police station! Over a pound! :''''''') Jews <3