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A selfless London cabbie has won the praise of many after a video emerged of him refusing payment from a mum after driving her and her son to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The black cab driver wanted to remain anonymous, but allowed the video of his generosity to be shared after it went viral online on Thursday, My London reported.
When the taxi pulls up outside the children’s hospital in London, the mother goes to hand over the fare, and the driver refuses it, saying, "I don't think you understand me – you don't get to pay.
"Great Ormond Street, we don't take payment."
After being momentarily shocked, the mother, carrying a small suitcase, is grateful, thanking the driver as her son does too.
The driver replies, "You take care, madam."
After the shock of not being allowed to paid, the mother and her son thanked the cabbie for what's a not well known tradition
After a long tough period during the pandemic, where many have struggled, and many more have stepped up to help, the heartwarming gesture has been lauded online.
My London spoke to Karen, the Chair for United Cabbies Group, an organisation for taxi drivers across the capital.
Karen has been a cab driver for 14 years herself and comes from a family of chauffeurs.
She said the gesture was 'part of a long tradition' of London cabbies.
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"When you get a fare to Great Ormond Street we don't charge our customers," she explained. "It's now a run of the mill thing we do.
"A lot of parents do regular trips to hospital and we've maintained this no fare tradition for a long time.
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"The reason he posted the video was because it was nice to see the smile on the ladies face after such a tough year."
Karen shared another long-standing tradition of cab drivers in London.
She said, "The first job you get as a cabbie you give it to your customer for free, if they're insistent on paying then we will make that into a donation to Great Ormond Street instead."
Her first trip was from Kennington Lane to Finsbury Pavement.
"It was a guy that was going to work in the city and then I picked him up about three years later not far from where I dropped him off the first time.
"He remembered how I was the one to give him that ride which was lovely."
She also mentioned how during the height of the pandemic, drivers would give free rides to NHS staff during lockdown.
"We just want to give back to our city and it's people because we love London," she said.