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Irate Cabbie Takes Poke At Taxi Commissioner

July 1, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ A cab driver, angered when a woman pulled out a $20 bill to pay her fare, shoved and struck a man who came to her aid - who happened to be a taxi commissioner, authorities said.

Cabbie Victor Nelson had his license suspended and faces permanent revocation over Friday morning’s incident, said Taxi and Limousine Commission spokeswoman Barbara Hart.

The incident began when the woman, whose name was withheld, tried to pay Nelson with the $20 bill at the end of her trip. Nelson ″flew off the handle and got irrational,″ said Hart.

At this point, TLC board member H. Laurence Reinhard spotted the altercation while driving past and stopped to investigate.

″I identified myself and showed him my badge and he hit me in the left shoulder,″ said Reinhard. ″When I reached for his ID, he pushed me.″

No criminal charges were filed against Nelson, but his cab was impounded and his license quickly suspended, said Hart.

″Drivers are not required to change a twenty, but they must be courteous,″ she explained.

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