Dad Wants Compensation From Taxi Company Because His Ice Cream Melted
Melvin Lee, who lives in Folkestone, Kent, said that he was waiting around for the taxi to take him and his shopping home in the record breaking bank holiday heat last week.
The 40-year-old says that the taxi "drove straight past him" and left him with no option other than to throw out half of his shop, which - as well as the ice cream - included some frozen veg.
Oh, and apparently the whole ordeal left his young baby stressed out.
Now, nobody wants their ice cream to melt into a sticky mush, but you'd have to say that asking a taxi company - for whom there might be a completely reasonable excuse for being late - for compensation goes a bit far, right?
He told Kent Live that he'd called up Folkestone Taxis to get him, his girlfriend Clare Rogers, and their eight month old son Edward from the Asda supermarket at the town's Bouverie Place shopping centre.
However, Folkestone Taxis say that he was only waiting with his £45 shop for 31 minutes. To be fair, that's probably long enough for ice cream to go a bit weird in the heat.
Mr Lee said: "One taxi pulled up and took another couple.
"My baby was stressed while waiting.
"I would like some compensation and for them to pay for the shopping I have lost.
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"They said 20 minutes, then an hour, they left me outside Asda losing all my ice cream because it melted."
Incidentally, Asda is selling the ice cream for £1.50 a pop. That's not very much at all, is it? He could just pop back and buy some more.
Either way, a resolution may be in sight.
A spokesperson for Folkestone Taxis said: "All our drivers are self-employed, so they can choose their own hours.
"We can't dictate what hours they work.
"Mr Lee was told the taxi would be a minimum of 20 minutes - however it was 31 minutes, not an hour.
"Send him round with his receipt and I'll reimburse him myself.
"I did tell Mr Lee, he shops in Asda, I don't think they really do any expensive ice cream."
Well, at least he might get a free pot of ice cream out of it. Perhaps that will ease his troubled mind somewhat?
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