Blind woman says taxi driver "dumped" her in Downham after telling her she was in Bromley and mocking her disability
A BLIND, epileptic woman says she was left lost and stranded when a taxi driver "dumped" her in the wrong place after mocking her disability.
Lisa Medgett claims she was told "it is your fault you can’t see" by the driver - from a taxi firm covering Lewisham and Greenwich - and goaded for not being able to recognise landmarks.
The 42-year-old, who lives in Burnt Ash Hill, was then left stranded in Downham despite asking to be taken to Bromley so she could run some errands .
The blind woman says she "cried her eyes out" when she realised she had been tricked. But luckily some strangers spotted her in distress and came to her rescue.
Ms Medgett said: "He was really abusive.
"He was making fun, mocking, and after a bit of extra cash.
"He said ‘you should be able to point things out. You should know where you are. It is your fault you can’t see.’"
She claims the driver - from Hither Green-based Sure Cars - wanted to charge £50 instead of the agreed £9 for her Lee to Bromley journey.
She stepped out of the vehicle after being told she had arrived in Bromley but was luckily spotted by a good Samaritan who explained she was in Downham and called the police.
Ms Medgett later caught a separate taxi to her mother's house before returning home.
She said: "He had dumped me in Downham by a petrol station - it was frightening.
"I cried my eyes out.
"They had to give me two sweet cups of tea because I went into shock."
Sure Cars manager Michael Ellis says the situation was down to miscommunication and that Ms Medgett has been fully reimbursed for her journey.
Ms Medgett, who has previously been mugged on a bus, says she has been left shaken by the ordeal.
She said: "I am afraid blind people and people with disabilities do get targeted.
"I have been out once since then, but I didn’t enjoy it.
"It really is frightening. It takes a bit of time to regain your confidence."
Mr Ellis added: "The whole situation has been resolved satisfactorily. "Miscommunication is the only conclusion that can be drawn.
"There are three sides to every story, her story, the driver’s story and the truth."
He went on to say the driver believed Ms Medgett knew where she was being dropped and was happy with it, citing possible language barrier issues.
Responding to Ms Medgett's claims that he threatened her with legal action for speaking to News Shopper, he said: "That is a lie."