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A Glasgow taxi driver has been caught branding a young woman and her husband “Scottish scum” in vile footage exclusively supplied to AltNewsMedia.
Taxi driver Mohammed Yakoub, an employee at Glasgow Private Hire, has appeared in a video showing him branding a young couple “Scottish scum” after he reversed into their car last Thursday morning. Jessica and her husband Mark were on Tollcross Road in the East End of Glasgow when the incident happened.
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Upon checking her car, Jessica found a large scratch and went to the window to speak with Mr Yakoub.
“I informed him that my car was very badly scratched and he got out and said he could see no damage and that my car was just dirty, despite there being an obvious scratch on my car and a long scratch along his bumper,” she said.
“He began speaking to me quite aggressively – telling me that I was making it up because “I needed the money” – and I informed him that this was not true and that he can’t just go crashing into peoples cars and not be held liable.”
Mark then approached the driver and asked for him to calm down which resulted in Mr Yakoub “Squaring up towards him” and branding the couple “Scottish scum” but the taxi firm employing Mr Yakoub today contested the words used by the driver, claiming he doesn’t understand what the word ‘scum’ means and instead said ‘some’.
Yakoub refused to hand over his details initially but later did supply his details to the couple after Police Scotland were called. Police Scotland attended and found Mr Yakoub to be fully liable for the incident after obtaining footage recorded on nearby CCTV clearly showing him reversing into the parked vehicle.
A spokesperson from Police Scotland said: “Around 10am on Thursday 15th February police were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on Tollcross Road, near to Ogilvie Street, Glasgow. Officers conducted enquiries at the scene and no criminality was established. No one was injured in the incident.”
A manager from Glasgow Private Hire, a firm employing over 900 people in the city including Mr Yacoub, said: “I spoke with the driver yesterday in person and went over the video with him.
“His English is reasonable, but his accent/dialect is pretty strong, and when I played the video to him, he explained what he said, in that when the girl began filming him, a small group of people gathered behind her and he said “it’s good now that you have SOME Scottish behind you”, or words to that effect.
“His pronunciation is not great, but if you listen to the video again, it does sound very much like SOME, instead of SCUM. He asked what scum means, and I had a bit of a time trying to give a meaning that he would understand.
“The driver also assures me that the girl and guy actually hit his car when they attempted to park behind him, and he has numerous photos that would appear to back this up, including photos of where the girl has rubbed the alleged impact area on his car. He states that the police arrived about 45 minutes after the incident occurred and after speaking to him, no further action is being taken.”
When asked if they would be taking this any further, both Jessica and Mark said: “After speaking about it we have decided to take no further action. We are both hard-working people and know how important earning a living is and would not want to be responsible for driving a complaint that could see the driver lose his source of income. With that said we would hope that he [Mr Yacoub] takes the time to reflect on this and understands the severity of using language like that in the future. It is not nice.”