After six hours and a 600km drive, an intoxicated man didn’t want to pay $2,215 for his New Years Eve taxi ride
A New Years Eve night out turned into a pretty expensive one for a drunk Norwegian man.
The ride started on the evening of December 31st. After six hours and 600km, the taxi reached the passenger’s home in Abildsø neighbourhood in Oslo. The man then refused to pay around 18,000 Norwegian kroner – $2,215 – for his trip.
“The driver saw the man had disappeared into the apartment. We were subsequently able to contact the man. He was sleeping in his own bed,” Vidar Pedersen, Oslo Police operation leader, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
The police then managed to wake the man up and forced him to pay the bill.
According to Roar Refseth, Norwegian Taxi Association director, long taxi rides of this nature aren’t very common.
“It is important (for taxi drivers) to ensure payment upfront (for long journeys), either at the time of reservation or through card or cash payment,” Refseth told NRK.
Den danske taxien gikk tom for strøm utenfor huset og måtte ha hjelp av tauebil. Sammen med taxiregningen må den berusede taxikunden ut med ca 18000 norske kroner for turen gjennom tre land.
— OPS Politiet Oslo (@oslopolitiops) January 1, 2018
According to the Oslo Police, this event wasn’t the only unfortunate part of the first day of 2018 for the Danish taxi driver.
On their Twitter account, they said his battery ran flat outside the passenger’s house and needed assistance by a recovery vehicle before he could get back to Denmark.