Taxi driver fired after 'faking heart attack' to avoid low fare
A taxi driver has reportedly been fired after "faking a heart attack" to avoid taking a short fare, 9News has reported.
Footage of the unidentified driver has been circling social media, and it sees the man appearing to take ill before accepting a passenger outside of Sydney airport, Australia.
Check out the shocking (and somewhat hilarious) scene unfold in the video below:
In the short clip, the taxi driver can be seen clutching at his chest and dramatically falling to the ground, before informing the customer that he is unable to transport her to the suburb of Annandale.
Per the woman who captured the incident on video, the driver had allegedly been waiting at the airport for two hours, and was disgruntled at having to make a "short fare".
"I'm not driving ma'am, I'm not driving. My condition is not well," he can be heard saying in the clip.
The woman, who remained unconvinced of his antics, simply replied: "You're going to have a brilliant, brilliant Oscar award for this."
The customer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, proceeded to send her footage into Australian news show, A Current Affair.
During the segment, 13cabs chief operating officer, Stuart Overell, confirmed that the man's employment had been terminated. "[The driver] should go and get a career in acting, because cab driving is not in his future," he stated.
Deputy CEO of New South Wales Taxi Council, Nick Abrahim, corroborated that taxi drivers have an obligation to accept all manner of fares, regardless of the destination. This is, of course, barring "if a driver is finishing or terminating their shift and a passenger may not be going in the direction of where that driver may be heading towards ending their shift."
Ross Raslan from Sydney Taxis also spoke to Nine News, saying that there are general rules to protect both passengers and drivers, if either is to take ill.
"I can call the radio room and ask them to dispatch an ambulance to me and make sure at the same time the passenger in the car with me gets looked after going forward," he explained. "I wouldn't just leave them on the side of the road."