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A ‘scary’ taxi driver finds a customer and invites her for a drink

A female taxi passenger was horrified when a ‘creepy’ driver tracked her down on social media and asked her for a drink, claiming he hadn’t stopped thinking about her for three months.

Miniver Larman, 25, from Oxford, said she had booked a taxi with Go Green Taxis from the station to her house on the evening of March 5 and had an enjoyable journey, chatting with the driver about her day and his holidays.

She said she didn’t think about it until June 12, when she claimed to have received a Facebook message from him that read, “Hey!” So ever since we had a lovely little chat in my cab after your London theater trip, your name has pretty much stuck in my head.

“I hope you don’t mind me texting myself, wondering if you’d like to go for a drink sometime.”

He suggested meeting her last weekend at a festival in Southampton, with the exchange leaving her feeling “unsafe” as the driver knows her address and has tracked her down on social media.

Miniver Larman, 25, from Oxford, said she had booked a taxi with Go Green Taxis from the station to her house on the evening of March 5 and had a lovely trip chatting with him.

Miniver Larman, 25, from Oxford, said she had booked a taxi with Go Green Taxis from the station to her house on the evening of March 5 and had a lovely trip chatting with him.

She said she didn't think about it until June 12, when she claimed to have received a Facebook message from him that read, “Hey!  So ever since we had a lovely little chat in my cab after your London theater trip, your name has pretty much stuck in my head.  She said the swap left her

She said she didn’t think about it until June 12, when she claimed to have received a Facebook message from him that read, “Hey! So ever since we had a lovely little chat in my cab after your London theater trip, your name has pretty much stuck in my head. She said the swap left her “in danger” because the taxi driver knew her address and tracked her down on social media.

The 25-year-old complained to the taxi company and asked them to stop the driver from taking his fares in the future, receiving a short apology message which read: “I’m sorry to hear that you had this bad experience with us.

“I will pass this on to my manager to be picked up in the morning and dealt with properly.”

However, Miniver calls them to discipline the driver for his messages to “prevent another woman from going through the same thing”, and says she hasn’t heard from the company since.

Miniver said, “This taxi trip was in March, so it was a bit confusing for me to see it in my message requests, because it was quite a while after that.”

“He messaged me on Facebook, so he had to register my full name, search for me and find me.

“It’s an app, that’s how he saw my full name on the booking. I have a pretty unique name, so that doesn’t help me.

The 25-year-old filed a complaint with the taxi company and asked them to stop the driver from taking her fares in the future, receiving a brief apology message saying they were sorry she had this experience.  He was told the incident would be 'dealt with' but has heard nothing since and said the taxi driver should be 'disciplined'

The 25-year-old filed a complaint with the taxi company and asked them to stop the driver from taking her fares in the future, receiving a brief apology message saying they were sorry she had this experience. He was told the incident would be ‘dealt with’ but has heard nothing since and said the taxi driver should be ‘disciplined’

She added: “I feel like he should at least be disciplined, like at least a month or two where he can’t drive taxi service.”

“If he did this to me, chances are he’s done this to other women, or he doesn’t realize it’s not right to do it.”

“That doesn’t reassure me – just a quick message to say ‘I’m sorry you had a bad experience.’ Seems very simple to me.

She said she thought the taxi driver mistook her kindness during the ride for something else.

Miniver tweeted about his experience and most replies to the post were sympathetic and agreed the driver acted inappropriately

Miniver tweeted about his experience and most replies to the post were sympathetic and agreed the driver acted inappropriately

She added: “When I saw the post I was immediately shocked because you hear about these things but when it actually happens to you you think how real is it?”

‘How did this person not realize how scary this is? I started to feel unsafe because he dropped me off at my house.

“I think it’s really unprofessional and puts, especially women, in a very dangerous position.”

Miniver tweeted about his experience saying, “Literally the scariest thing. Please, do not do that.

“I reported it to the taxi company and asked them to stop it from picking me up again.

“Very anxious at the moment, but I feel like I did the right thing.”

One person wrote: 'They really should fire it.  Hope you're ok Mini' while another said: 'Yo who needs to go to the police ASAP'

One person wrote: ‘They really should fire it. Hope you’re ok Mini’ while another said: ‘Yo who needs to go to the police ASAP’

Most of the replies to the tweet were sympathetic and agreed that the driver had acted inappropriately, with one saying: ‘They really should fire him. I hope you are well Mini.’

Another said: ‘So spooky, intrusive and scary. Sorry you went through that.’

One person who responded, however, expressed concern about the impact of the complaint on the driver, saying: ‘A bit much, the boy could lose his job.’

But another was quick to respond with “good”.

However, one person responded and expressed concern about the impact the situation might have on the driver, but another responded

However, one person responded and said they were concerned about the impact the situation might have on the driver, but another replied “good”.

Miniver now says the experience has deterred her from using the taxi company or any company that uses apps where drivers can access customers’ full names.

“I’m definitely put off by this taxi service,” she explained.

“I liked it being on an app because I felt safer having all their details and stuff.”

“But now I’m thinking maybe it’s better to use a normal taxi service because they won’t know my name.

“You gave them your address and you trusted them to get you home safely and also as a woman it shouldn’t be that if you’re nice to someone it means you’re coming to them.

“I know there’s this argument about how to meet people if you can’t do it on your job, but I just don’t think that’s the place.”

Go Green Taxis have been contacted several times for comment but have not responded.

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