Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Brooklyn Man Wrongly Accused After Volunteering to Drive Cancer Patients

Yeshaya Liebowitz, a 25-year-old volunteer, was pulled over for driving an "illegal cab"

By: Peter Herriman

Published: June 4th, 2014 in News » World

A TLC (NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission) agent seized the car of a Brooklyn man and hit him with a summons for driving an illegal cab – even though it was a free trip for cancer patients.

The volunteer was Yeshaya Liebowitz, a 25-year-old volunteer driver for the Borough Park organization who was pulled over at 8:30 a.m, on Monday, after he appeared to pick up an illegal street hail, the TLC said.

The passenger was a 54-year-old grandmother traveling to Manhattan for a 9:30 a.m. chemotherapy appointment who stated that she “didn’t pay him anything.” The grandmother later said that “This is his good deed, and he got slapped in the face for it.”

“It’s hard for people to understand that people do good. He just did this out of the kindness of his heart,” she added. When trying to explain to the TLC agent, Liebowitz said he was a volunteer. “I tried to explain to him that I drive people to the hospital. I don’t do it for money – I pay the tolls, I pay for gas, I pay my time,” he said. “The woman tried to explain to him that she is a cancer patient, and I have to go to the hospital. He just ignored them.”

The TLC has since dropped the summons, and Liebowitz picked up his car after being towed.

The TLC spokesperson Allan Fromberg later stated that this incident was “regretful, we will take every step to make sure misunderstandings like this don’t happen in the future.”

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