Getting pepper sprayed

I have two beautiful daughters and a gorgeous wife and I love them with every last breath I have. I respect woman; it’s a basic human right. More people need to learn about human rights. Islam puts great emphasis on Women and their rights. Mohammed PBUH (the last messenger of Allah) said, “the best of you are those who are best to their women.” He also said, “When a boy is born, then he brings one Noor (light) and when a girl is born, then she brings two Noors.”

I remember this one time while I was driving my cab, this guy in his twenties held his hand up in the air to stop a cab, beside him near the curb sat a woman who looked drunk. It was probably around 2 am. I hate picking up drunk people. Not only do they not pay, but they also cause trouble. If I don’t pick up a passenger the passenger can note down my plate number and they can complain to the TLC. I could get my license suspended.

I stopped my cab and the man helped the woman get in. At first, she was quiet but then she started screaming as if I was kidnapping her. I stopped the cab on the side to let her out but she fainted. I hoped out of the driver’s seat and opened the back door to see if she was okay. She was mumbling something.

“Should I call an ambulance.” I asked her, but she didn’t reply. I lightly tapped her on the shoulder. She sat up right and started fumbling through her bag while cursing under her breath. “I’m going to call an ambulance okay.”

I didn’t wait for her to answer. I went back to the driver’s seat to get my phone. As soon as I was about to dial the 9 she held up her hand sprayed something in my eyes. It happened all of a sudden that I didn’t know what to do. I hit her hand to get her away from me. She dropped the spray and ran away.

At this point my eyes started burning and I couldn’t see anything. I fell in the driver’s seat. I was on a road that had a lot of cars passing by. This caused a traffic jam because people were driving slowly to see what happened, but no one came to help.

I still had the phone in my hand and I was trying to dial 911, but every time I opened my eyes they would burn and I couldn’t get the numbers right. Luckily another taxi driver was passing by and he knew the struggles we have to face. He stopped his cab and called the 911. The ambulance came within five minutes.

They made me lie inside the ambulance on a stretcher and put drops of water in my eyes. They burned so much that it triggered a very bad headache. They did that for the next hour, then they prescribed eyes drops to ease the swelling in my eyes.

The police made a report, but the woman was unknown and no one knew where she went. I don’t understand if you can’t handle alcohol why drink so much of it. I sat in my cab for the next two hours waiting for the swelling to ease down. When I felt better, I drove back home. That was one of the many awful experiences I’ve had with drunk people.

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