A man who punched three taxi drivers in the face on separate occasions to gouge fares has avoided jail.
The incidents in Bradford all involved the defendant physically assaulting a taxi driver when asked to pay the fare at the end of each ride.
In addition to the three incidents, the accused was also verbally abusive towards police and spat at officers when called to deal with one of the scam offences.
The three scam incidents took place late last year between October and December.
The accused is believed to suffer from alcohol problems and has previous convictions for assault and battery, criminal damage, assault on a police officer and threatening behaviour.
As first reported by Telegraph and Argusthe defendant was sentenced to eight months in an institution for young offenders, suspended for two years, with 280 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to participate in a nine-month alcohol treatment program and 35 days of rehabilitation activities.
Hacking happens in several industries and it is when someone runs away before paying for goods and/or services. This includes diners who don’t pay their restaurant bill, motorists who leave without paying gas pump bills and of course taxi passengers who don’t pay their fare.
Unfortunately, some passengers do not intend to pay the taxi driver for his services when they enter the taxi.
For more information on what to do if you have been scammed, read our The Laws Behind Hacking recently published article.