On your bikes rock throwers
WHEN a taxi driver chased a group of kids who had thrown a rock at his taxi and they ditched their bicycles, he thought he would do the right thing and look after them, so they didn’t get stolen.
Three mountain bikes are now in the care of the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Taxi Service, and general manager Murray Spence will happily return them to their owners.
“Hey parents, it is Christmas time. Have your kids told you their bikes have been stolen?” Mr Spence asked yesterday.
“If any parent out there can identify one of these bikes, make sure your child is not involved in any rock throwing.”
He said he would like to meet the owners, but “you probably couldn’t print what I would like to tell them”.
The incident, which has been reported to police, occurred at 2am on Saturday morning on Fraser Drive, Tweed Heads South.
A rock smashed a side window just behind the driver and he reversed back to confront those responsible.
They jumped a fence, leaving their cycles on the ground.
“Besides the loss of revenue, or the cost to repair the window, the most important thing is that it missed the driver’s head by mere inches. It was a lethal weapon, that is what it was,” Mr Spence said.
On one occasion, a few taxi drivers managed to corner a rock thrower and take him to the police station.
“The rock throwing is escalating and I really, really fear one of my drivers will end up taking matters into his own hands when he catches one of these little (expletive).
“Our drivers are providing a service to the community, preventing drink driving and getting people home, but unfortunately little people in this world don’t think cab drivers are normal, hard-working people.”
He said if any parents want to come forward to claim the bikes, he would like to meet their child to make sure he was giving the bike back to the right person.
If no one comes forward, the bikes will be handed over to police.
A taxi driver told the Tweed Daily News that attacks on drivers were “prolific”.
“We cop it all the time, whatever it is – rocks, eggs or water,” he said.
He said the area under Boyds Bay Bridge was the worst, along with Razorback.
Contact Mr Spence on (07) 5536 3371 to claim the bikes.
Information on crime can be reported to Crimestoppers on 1300 33 000.