The Post follows up on that strange taxi story we told you about last week, in which a cabbie forced a young woman whose credit card wouldn’t work in his reader to surrended her iPod as recompense for the fare. The cabbie is identified as Mohammed Islam, and says he’s willing to return the iPod in exchange for the fare “in the presence of a Taxi and Limousine Commission official.” TLC says it is investigating but “we have no evidence of any wrongdoing” at present, and that Islam’s reader was working just fine before the incident. The victim, 20-year-old Natalie Lenhart (whom the Post shows “listening to another of her iPods”) remains traumatized: “I looked like a criminal… My dignity was gone.” Will the nightmare never end? Not till the inevitable third-act grip-and-grin with Leinhart, Islam, and TLC Commissioner Matt Daus.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 21, 2009