The man’s mother, Maria, said her 20-year-old son Adriaan had gone out with a close friend and his friend’s mother after work on Saturday night. When another young man approached the mother in what he considered to be an inappropriate manner, Adriaan stepped in and asked him to show more respect.
Bouncers at the club intervened after a scuffle broke out and Adriaan left but later returned and explained to the other young man why he had been upset and that considered the woman to be like his mother. “He thought that was that,” Maria added.
However, as Adriaan and his friends were leaving a group of the other young’s man’s friends allegedly began to taunt him and blows were exchanged, culminating in Adriaan being hit over the head with a chair and covered in blood.
“As it was a Halloween celebration, he was only wearing a bow-tie and trousers, no shirt and head injuries do bleed,” Maria said, adding that her son had to have seven stitches once he got to the hospital.
Hoping to draw a line under the incident and move on, the family have decided not to go to the police.
What did not sit well with Maria was that a taxi driver had initially refused to take Adriaan to hospital until he had washed off the blood. The young man did so in the sea. She also said that, speaking to the company the next day, she was brushed off with a “And who would pay for the car to get washed” and told her son “Should have considered needing a ride before getting up to whatever he got up to”.
A representative of the specific company on Monday told the Cyprus Weekly that the driver would have been within his rights to refuse to transport Adriaan even after the young man cleaned up, adding: “If it had been a serious injury, perhaps they should have called an ambulance?”
Although taxi companies are legally entitled to refuse to transport a customer, taxi drivers have often been known to help get an injured person to hospital.
Also speaking to the Cyprus Weekly, Panayiotis Kylillis, head of the Nicosia taxi drivers association, said he was not aware of the specific case and that “there is bleeding and there is bleeding” but that taxi drivers were usually more than willing to help an injured person.
Apologising for his colleague’s behaviour, Kyrillis added said that as in every profession, there were good and bad professionals, adding: “If we did not care about people why would we have recently agreed to transport drunk people for free as part of road safety group Reaction’s campaign to keep drunk drivers off the road?”
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Clearly there is another side to this story and there is more to tell. However the reaction of the Taxi Driver while within his rights is kind of typical and in line with the type of service many of us are accustomed to.