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February 25, 2015 9:15 am

Lawsuit: Outraged Passenger Forced to Pay Fare to Antisemitic Cabbie Who Yelled ‘Death to the Jews’

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A Jewish woman was forced to pay her cab fare even after her driver yelled "All Jews must die." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Police ordered a Jewish woman to pay her New York City cab fare even after she told them that the antisemitic driver yelled “All Jews must die!” soon after she entered his vehicle, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday.

Baila Sebrow, a columnist for The 5 Towns Jewish Times, filed a lawsuit against the driver and his cab company in the Manhattan Supreme Court late Monday. The Long Island native said her Sunday morning cab ride from the Carlton Hotel, near Madison Square Park, turned into a nightmare the moment she got into the car.

“The guy starts driving, he asks me if I’m Jewish. I said yes. His response was, ‘All Jews must die,’ “ Sebrow, 51, said. “Then he started driving really fast, in a scary way. I was afraid he would crash.”

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Scared for her life, Sebrow said she demanded that the cabbie take her back to the hotel. The driver agreed but insisted that she still pay the fare. He “continued to yell wildly about ‘death to Jews’ while making a gun gesture towards Sebrow with his fingers,” according to the lawsuit.

When Sebrow called 911, she said a cop told her, “You have to pay him. You’ll have to take up the rest with the TLC,” referring to the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. Meanwhile, the driver kept the meter running so the less than 5 minute cab ride ended up costing Sebrow $30, she said.

Sebrow is seeking damages, set to be determined in trial, on the grounds that she was denied a cab ride based on prejudice, the New York Daily News noted.

“If people are going to bring whatever political or religious biases into that job they shouldn’t be driving taxis,” her attorney Robert Tolchin said.

According to a New York Police Department spokesman, police responded to the incident and Sebrow was “very combative and belligerent” toward the cops. The cabbie, identified in court documents only as MD N. Mia, also called 911, police said. Sebrow said the driver “should definitely not be on the road.”

Attempts by the New York Daily News to reach the driver were unsuccessful.

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  • yehudi

    thanks for posting this. the slime cabbie should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for hate crime, endangerment, and whatever else. the police who told her to pay should also be prosecuted. the woman should sue the cab company for all kinds of damages, psychological abuse, harassment etc.
    slam these bastards with everything the law allows.
    do NOT let this slide. may G-d empower and strengthen her and all who help her.
    and, she should know, that the slime cabbie will pay at the hands of heaven for sure.

  • victoria brandeis

    MS. SEBROW…..THANKS FOR LETTING THE VIOLENT POLICE OF NEW YORK KNOW HOW YOU FEEL…..UNPROTECTED….VIOLATED AND FEARFUL……
    THE INCIDENT SHOULD NOT HAVE OCCURRED BUT IT DID…I HOPE THIS MAN LOOSES HIS JOB…CAN’T SUPPORT HIS FAMILY…THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE HIM AND HE BE FINED FOR CREATING AN EMOTIONAL AND CREATIVE ACT OR ACTION THAT MAKES EACH MOMENT FOR YOU UNSAFE AND EVEN FOR US IN THE WORLD TOO.
    YOUR SHARING OF THIS MOMENT CAN ONLY DEFINE THE HORROR OF WHAT AMERICAN JEWS ‘FRUM’ ARE MOVING THROUGH.
    AS A FRUM WOMAN I AM HORRIFIED BY THIS ACT…..HOWEVER WITH A ‘OBAMA’ WATCH…..
    WE ALL SHOULD KNOW BETTER AND THE TRUTH.
    MAY YOU BE SAFE AND MAY YOUR VOICE BE HEARD….I HEARD IT AND HONOR YOUR SAFETY

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