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You give birth in a taxi, who's responsible for the cleanup?

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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A young mother gave birth to a baby boy in the front seat of a taxi - then received a £40 valeting bill from the driver two days later.
Jenny Larkin, 22, was forced to call for a cab in the early hours of the morning after going into labour in Redcar, North Yorkshire.
But as driver Steven Morrell pulled up outside the maternity unit Miss Larkin started giving birth and midwives had no choice but to deliver the baby in the vehicle.

Newborn: Mother-of-three Jenny Larkin, 22, was given a £40 valeting bill after giving birth to her son Finlay (centre) in the back of a taxi. She is pictured here with her partner Tim Galloway, 29
The mother-of-three, who travelled to hospital with partner Tim Galloway, 29, in the back of the car later named her 7lb 15oz child Finley.
Driver Mr Morrell, who works for J&P Taxis, put plastic sheeting down in the front of the vehicle but the seat was still wet.

'Mortified': Miss Larkin said she cannot afford the £40 taxi valeting bill. She said: 'We are on benefits and £40 is a lot of money. We had paid £16 already for the fare'
'We got on the A174 and I said the baby was coming. By the time we were pulling up at the hospital, the baby was already coming out.
'Five midwives rushed out to see what the situation was and there my baby boy was, hanging down and in a bit of shock. I had to deliver him there. That's when he said to my partner "I want the cleaning bill".'
Miss Larkin was admitted to James Cook University Hospital's maternity unit in Middlesbrough after giving birth in the early hours of last Friday morning.
Both mother and baby were discharged later the same day after being checked over.

Taxi company: Jenny Larkin used self-employed driver Steven Morrell who works for J&P Taxis

Newborn: Jenny with her newborn son Finlay. She also has two other children Elise, five, and Ruby, two
The following Monday the driver turned up at their home and presented them with a cleaning bill for £40.
Jenny, who also has two girls Elise, five, and Ruby, two, said: 'I was absolutely mortified. He knew he was going to maternity before he even set off and had put plastic sheets on the front seat.
'We are on benefits and £40 is a lot of money. We had paid £16 already for the fare.
'Tim said to him, "how do you expect us to pay that sort of money?" and he said "pay us when you've got it".'
The taxi driver, who is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of his own cab as part of his self-employed contract with J&P Taxis, said such events are 'one of the hazards of the job'.
He added: 'Unfortunately someone's got to pay for it. I don't think I'm being nasty asking for the valeting cost back.
'I couldn't work on Friday or Saturday because the interior was still wet so I lost two days' takings.'
Craig Walker, who owns J&P Taxis, has asked Jenny to get in contact with him about what happened.
He added: 'Steven has obviously had to take the car off the road after that. He's had to pay to get it cleaned and he's lost takings.'
He added the driver had the right to pass on his bill to the family in accordance with a council bylaw.
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babygirl4326
by Silver Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

BUMP!

outtamymynd
by Ruby Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM
If it were me, I'd feel responsible lol, but it's not like she could help it. Shit happens.
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laranadtony
by Ruby Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

The driver is responsible every where I have driven.

We had a driver get her throat cut in her taxi and they let the car set on the lot until she got out of the hospital because SHE was responsible for the cleanliness of the cab. 

If a drunk puked in our car, we could charge them BUT if a sick person puked in our car, we were responsible for cleaning it. This would fall into the category of unintentional and we would be responsible.

KylesWifey
by Gold Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Well it sucks but I think she should pay for it.....

JamesMom714
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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Moms responsible... Certainly the can company or driver wouldn't be. If she had vomited from being drunk she would have to pay. Giving birth in the cab, her responsibility to pay.
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Click_Queen
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Its her responsibility to pay for it. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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I'd say the person that bled all over the private property. If these woman expect a taxi to pick them up when they are in labor, they should be prepared to pay for clean up in need be....Or else taxis just might be passing up these women fearing they are going to have a big mess on their hands and have to pay for clean up.

PinkyPan
by Ruby Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I see no problem with it. It is not like she called for an ambulance. The car is this mans livelihood and he lost money having to get the car cleaned.

wooly
by Knitting Maniac on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

 That would be funny if it weren't so sad for everyone1

laranadtony
by Ruby Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM


Quoting JamesMom714:

Moms responsible... Certainly the can company or driver wouldn't be. If she had vomited from being drunk she would have to pay. Giving birth in the cab, her responsibility to pay.

Being drunk is an intentional act.

Don't sweat the petty things;Don't pet the sweaty things!

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