A man reportedly carrying over $5,000 in cash asked a cab driver in New York to take him to three stores looking for cheap cigarettes on Monday before refusing to pay the $12 taxi fare, according to local police.
Carl Kulmus, 68, has been charged with theft of services, which is a misdemeanor, after he told the cab driver to call police over the $12 taxi fare. So he did.
Blue Star Taxi driver Hisham Elian says he picked up the stingy Kulmus outside his apartment and was instructed to drive him to a store to buy cigarettes. He went into the first store, but came out empty-handed saying that they were too expensive there.
Elian then drove the man to a second store, and again Kulmus said the cigarettes there were too pricey. Elian then drove Kulmus to a local Wegmans. When Elian asked for the $12 fare, Kulmus refused to pay.
To top it off, when police finally arrived on the scene, Kulmus emphatically refused to pay the $12 taxi fare and became uncooperative and rude , officers said.
They proceeded to handcuff and search the man, and found over $5,000 in Kulmus’ pockets, according to the arrest report.
Kulmus declined to tell officers why he had so much money on him.
Next time, wouldn’t it just be easier to pay up?
- Man Refuses To Pay $12 Taxi Fare With $5000 In His Pocket (inquisitr.com)
- Cops: NY man with $5,000 refuses to pay $12 fare (hosted.ap.org)