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Riders on the storm: Taxi drives 1,500 mile journey only to find passenger has no money

Taxi-tv-seriesThis story is a great American story. A story about how someone goes from Rags to Riches against all odds? Nope, the other kind: The ‘only in America’ kind that would make a great episode for a TV comedy. 

  • A taxi driver picks up a fare Matthew Blackhanson aged 25, who says “Take me to North Dakota”.
  • Taxi driver -Enaytayullah Hoseny-has never heard of the State and looks it up on GPS.
  • Agrees to the ride for a price of $1200.
  • Blackhanson coughs up $240 with a handwritten ‘contract’ for the rest.
  • 1,500 mil later in Mandan, North Dakota, Blackhanson’s fiance no shows for the rest of the money.
  • Cops are called and it turns out Blackhanson was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
  • The taxi driver –  – is ‘forced’ to spend a night in a homeless shelter and has to borrow food/gas from store that he was going to drop Blackhanson off.

Happy ever after. Not quite.

And it turns out had Blackhanson actually paid, he was getting a big discount. According to the taxi meter, the trip would have cost $4,800.

But there are some final words of wisdom from Mr Hoseny

“I tell all the taxi drivers in the world, do not do this. This is so crazy and risky and even stupid,” he said.


CBS Sacremento screendump of Matthew Blackhanson’s mug shot after being booked into jail.

Yep, but there’s only one little thing worse  than being taken for a prize chump. That is telling the world about it.  Well, actually there is something worse than that – going on TV to tell the world about it. I guess, it is one way to get your 15 minutes of fame (or in Mr Hoseny’s case, 22 hours and 15 minutes of it).

As for Mr Blackhanson, Not only did he book himself a one way ticket to jail but look at his mug shoot. It is a classic.

The stupidity within the story hurts so much, I think I’ll have to go to ER. My sides have split from laughing ! Mrs Caesar, call me a cab.


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