A 25-year-old Indian cabbie in Australia has been attacked and knocked oblivious by two passengers, including a lady, who shouted racial slurs at him.
Pardeep Singh is studying hospitality. He was beaten at the Sandy Bay McDonald’s drive-through in Australia’s island state of Tasmania on Saturday night. Singh said he was attacked when he requested that his passenger to step outside the taxi because she was going to vomit.
“If you mess up the car you have to pay a cleaning fee,” Singh told the passengers. He alleged the lady passenger told in an exclamation-filled tirade that she wouldn’t pay the charge or cleaning fee.
“They punched me too many times and kicked me,” Singh said.
“[They said] You f…..g Indians deserve this.”
Singh was admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital. Inspector Ian Whish-Wilson said a man and a woman had been charged in connection with the attack on Singh. They will show up in the Hobart Judges Court on June 26.
“It is alleged that the driver requested that the passengers to leave his taxi after one of them were sick,” Wilson said.
“There was a dispute regarding payment, and it is alleged the passengers attacked the driver and damaged the vehicle.
“It was alleged a racial remark was made during the assault however it doesn’t appear that the incident was racially-spurred,” Wilson said.
It is the third assault on an Indian cab driver in Australia in under a year.
Indian cabbie Li Max Joy was ambushed by four teenagers in the Argyle St McDonald’s on March 25, and a third driver was attacked by four men in June last year.
Wilson said charges have likewise been laid in connection to the March ambush on Joy yet no “special investigative unit” has been built up.
Singh said he would not drive taxis again “since it’s so dangerous.”
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