4/9/07

And here we have the uglier side of cab driving ...

Sorry folks, but I need to vent.

I got sent to outer S.E. Ptld to pick up two very young, very scared, very pregnant 15 year old twins (Yup. You read that right.) from their home and take them to the nearest, cheapest hotel. I have to sit there and listen to the at least 50 year old "father" of both girls babies tell them that they need to do whatever it is they have to do but they can no longer come home. Their mother was coming home in the morning and he needed them out.

He told them he was going to tell their mother that they never came up from "down south" like they were supposed to but he couldn't reach her. (I don't know where she had been for the last 8 mths or so) He then had to explain to them, very explicitly what was going to happen to them if they tried to reach their mother at all. "And you know she won't believe you two anyway. She loves me. I'm the best thing she's ever had and there's no way she'll believe you over me. Especially not after I get her on the shit again." And on and on in that vein. "Go get some damned welfare, that's what they do with pregnant little whores like you." Etc.

He hands them some cash "... and this is all you'll EVER get from me." As we're getting them and their 2 pitiful little bags of clothing in the car he pulls one of them aside and whispers "Remember what happened to you 2 last week? It'll be a whole lot worse if you decide to try and talk to me or your mother again. And next time it won't be just me and Tom."

So we drive off. They're both bawling. Turns out they don't have enough for cab fare and a room for the night so I wave off the cab fare, take them to McD's and buy them some breakfast (it's abt. 4:30a) and take them to a hotel. I tell them I'll wait to make sure nothing happens, that they get in the room all right and all. I had to give them a little more money to make the room charge then carry their bags into the room. I wish them both luck, gave them all the extra cash I had on me (less than a hundred, but it was all I had) and then closed the door. I left them both sitting on one bed, holding on to each other and bawling. I could hear them thru the door.

I drive off and backed my car into a spot where I can see the room to their door and I called the police. I waited until they got there, told them what I heard and saw. Where the girls were and the address where I picked them up. Described the piece of shit that was there. Everything I knew. After they got the info they needed from me I went home and cried for a few hours. Then went back out to make up the money I gave away.

God. I hate. Sometimes, very rarely, I just ... hate.

31 comments:

Sarah said...

That is so fucked up but you did the right thing.

Miss Britt said...

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

I am SO sorry you have to see crap like that. But I am SO glad someone like you was there...

Heidi said...

you did the right thing, I hope the bastard rots in hell.

Wavemancali said...

You say in your last line, "God. I hate. Sometimes, very rarely, I just ... hate."

I think you've shown quite clearly you don't hate. You've shown you are one of the most compassionate people on the planet. A hater would have blown this guy away.

P.S. I respectfully did not read the Portland area news just in case you did kill this dick.

Blue Drew said...

They are so forunate a caring individual like you stepped in to make things right...well, as right as they can be in this circumstance.
It's nice to know there are people like you around, watching over the rest...peace be with you...

Donna said...

You certainly did everything you could. Bless you.

Hilly said...

Wow, that is some seriously fucked up shit right there. Blood boling now.

You are such a great person for the way you treated them with compassion and generosity. It was good that YOU were the cab driver that responded to that call....they got lucky (which they clearly needed).

jenny said...

this may be the ugly side of cab driving, but certainly the lovelier side of human compassion. you talk a tough game, but you've got a heart of gold, kid. :)

JennL said...

Wait a minute.... the bastard was THEIR FATHER? Or maybe STEPFATHER??? And he was the father of the babies too???? I'm afraid to wonder about this Tom person...

That is truly some seriously fucked up shit. Mad props to you for helping those girls and calling the police on that pile of turd.

june in florida said...

Wtg girl from an ex cab driver from Hyannis Mass.

Mad William said...

What you did was probably the nicest thing anyone has ever done for those girls.
Good for you.

The Chad said...

wow. what a piece of shit of a father.

that was a very wonderful thing to help them out.

Stacey said...

Sounds like you were the first person in their lives to actually take good care of them. I hope things get better for those girls.

Sizzle said...

that is heavy, heavy stuff. i am glad you vented. they are lucky you were the one who picked them up. you did the right thing.

Steve said...

Just when my life seams to be at a new low I read something like this. You are a very kind a caring person. Feel good about that.

Paradise Driver said...

I hope "Daddy" enjoys his "downtime", with a roommate named Bruiser

Sandi said...

Oh my god M! I am crying right along with you!! That was horrible! Portland [and those girls] are really lucky you're on the road! Oh!!

Mel said...

Oh, no fucking way. Dude.
I'm sitting here just furious right now. Those poor babygirls.
You did a good thing, a really good thing, and I think you're awesome. AWESOME.
I hope he gets all he deserves, and that's as far as I can go on that subject without going down a bad, bad road.

kapgar said...

Holy God. People and situations like this really exist? I just... my God... I'm at a loss.

Tragerstreit said...

I hope he gets sent to jail. I hope his 'roommates' hear exactly why. They really don't like child abusers in there.

Then they'll do to him what he did to those children.

You're my hero. If you had a donate link, I'd help you recoup a little of your loss. I think I'm not the only one.

Forman said...

very sweet. I don't think many other cabbies would do the same, myself included. It was a little gut wrenching to read. so re-assuring to know that you took every step neccessary to rehabiltate their situation.

sounds like the cops over there listen.

Dave2 said...

But just think of what could have happened if it hadn't been you who had picked them up? I'd like to think that any human being would be as compassionate, but now-a-days you never know.

Tracy Lynn said...

Well done, dude. A mitzvah. Sometimes, we are where we are for a reason, you know?

Oakthorne said...

Gods. :(

There are no words, both for the horror I feel at the knowledge of what those children have been through, and for the generosity and human compassion you showed those poor babies.

Joe

communicatrix said...

Nothing could make up for the hell those girls have lived so far, but maybe your intervention will help a little.

F*ck that bastard. And f*ck the so-called mother of those girls.

Yes, it would be nice if we could eventually get past our anger to feel compassion for even the lowest of the low. But damn, how are you *not* going to hate a little first?

Anonymous said...

I agree with all of the above. You do what you can, and everyone you've helped out appreciates it more than you know. Plus it puts my life into perspective and now complaining about the petty things that create bumps throughout the day seem so much more meaninless. ^_^ Keep going strong girl! more power to ya~

The Acid Queen said...

You did the right thing. Absolutely you did the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Horribly depressing situations such as this one are the main reason I quit driving in outer SE for the most part, years ago. You have enough compassion for several people, that's for sure.

Paradise Driver said...

Any follow up on this story?

I know the odds of that are very low, just hoping to hear something....

Gabe said...

Sometimes you see people be so bad to each other, no one writes about that much. Too depressing to share maybe. Not appropriate for public consumption? I feel you. Mnay times where I just had to pull over after and cry after they got out becasue it was just all so mean and bad and I could not fix anything. I only tell my girlfriend about those so your braver than me.

Susan said...

How awful. I hope that karma train is a huge one. How awful for those children.