SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Enaytayullah Hoseny first thought he was giving a customer a lift from a bus station to a mall in his cab. But TV station KOVR reports the trip ended up lasting much longer and got much more interesting for Hoseny.
Hoseny told KOVR that his customer, Matthew Blackhanson, changed his mind about his final destination, which was only five states away in North Dakota. Hoseny first thought the trip might be a little bit longer, until his GPS informed him that is was more than 22 hours away.
Still, in need of cash he felt it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up and gave an instant quote of $1,200, which would have been quite the discount considering the metered fare would have amounted to almost $5,000. He said Blackhanson gave him $240 up front and signed a contract to pay $1,500 upon arrival.
Off they went, all the way from Sacramento to Mandan, North Dakota. Once they arrived, the wheels of situation started coming off. Blackhanson said he was meeting his fiancée who was going to pay for the fare, but she never showed and Hoseny realized he had just given a practically free ride.
“He started crying, ‘Oh please don’t call the cops. I’m going to be in trouble. I want to see my fiancée,’ and this and that,” Hoseny told KOVR.
Blackhanson was right, he was wanted on an outstanding warrant and arrested. But Hoseny was still stranded in North Dakota, out of gas and out of cash. He spent the night in a homeless shelter, but afterwards his luck took a slightly better turn.
The gas station where he stopped to let Blackhanson out gave him some money and food and allowed him to fill his tank, sending Hoseny on his way with a valuable lesson learned.
“I tell all the taxi drivers in the world, do not do this. This is so crazy and risky and even stupid,” he said to KOVR.