Can a person refuse to pay a taxi if their wallet was stolen? 5 Answers as of May 13, 2011

A boy aged 17 hired a taxi for $200 to enable him attend a birthday party, from New York to New Jersey the venue of the party. He deposited $30 and it was agreed that the balance would be paid on arrival at the venue in New Jersey. The taxi driver demanded the balance on arrival at New Jersey; the boy however, discovered that his wallet containing $400 had been stolen at the taxi park. He therefore, refused to pay. Any advise for the boy and the taxi driver on their rights?

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Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
The passenger must pay the driver for the full meter rate even if their wallet was lost or stolen. You have not said that driver stole his wallet or had him arrested. He could be charged with theft of services and the charges will be dismissed if he pays the fare.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/13/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
If the taxi rendered a service, then the boy is still required to pay for that service, regardless of whether his wallet was stolen. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/13/2011
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
No he cannot refuse to may it's theft of services he owes the money.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/12/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
He generally can not refuse to pay the taxi. he would need to file a police report regarding the theft. He may also have a civil case against the taxi company if can prove the taxi company was responsible for the theft. He should hire an attorney.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/12/2011
Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
No. A person cannot refuse to pay the taxi driver just because his wallet was stolen, unless the taxi driver was responsible for the theft. Otherwise the taxi driver, an innocent bystander to the theft, is acting an an insurance company for the victim of the theft. This concept is neither based in law, or fairness. Advice; Pay the taxi driver, and report theft to the police.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/11/2011
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