Private hire driver branded a “buffoon” after blocking children's charity taxi outing

12 Jun 2019


A private hire driver has been branded a “buffoon” after blocking a children's charity taxi outing in Edinburgh.


The irate minicab driver laid down in the road, blocking the procession of taxis after being squirted by children with super-soakers.

Children in the back of the taxis armed with super-soakers and water bombs has been a long-standing tradition when the Edinburgh Taxi Trade Kids Outing takes place, and is usually taken in good humour by the public.


However, the private hire driver received no sympathy after lying down in front of one of the taxis in protest at getting wet. 

Video footage on Twitter shows the private hire driver lying down in the road. The video then shows the driver arguing with a taxi driver, who tries to reason with him. A police motorcycle rider then appears telling him to move.


The driver was subsequently slammed on social media after the video went viral, with councillor Mark Brown tweeting: "Quite incredible scenes captured at today's Edinburgh Taxi Outing where one rival cab driver took the hump about getting skooshed (like 100's of others!) and lay down in front of the procession.

"You Sir, are a first class buffoon."

The yearly event is organised by Edinburgh's taxi drivers, who treat children with special needs to a free day out to the seaside. 


Image Source: Twitter 

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