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Mum's Praise For Taxi Driver
Joshua Munro with mum Lynn Black Bell
An Airdrie mum says there has been an “absolutely unbelievable” response to her viral Facebook post praising an “angel” taxi driver who saved her teenage son from being attacked.
Lynn Bell posted on Airdrie Taxis’ page, thanking the good Samaritan who intervened when her son Joshua Monro was being harassed by two youths who had followed him off his train at the town’s station.
She expressed her gratitude to the male driver, telling how he had “swerved across the road” to prevent the 19-year-old being attacked by the pair, who she said were “shouting they were going to stab him”.
Moments later, the driver stopped and told Joshua to get into his taxi, insisting on safely giving him a lift home without taking payment.
Lynn’s post has been shared 10,000 times in less than 24 hours and has attracted 45,000 reactions and 1400 comments from fellow social media users.
She said: “I totally didn’t expect this response; but I’m just glad that, whether or not the taxi driver comes forward publicly, he knows he’s being recognised. Everybody is seeing and appreciating what he’s done. He didn’t need to do that and it’s amazing that he intervened in that way.
“I’d been going to phone the taxi company in the morning but then thought I’d see if I could post on their Facebook page; I didn’t think a lot of people would see it but since then my phone has been going absolutely mental.
“I think the reason that so many people have shared it is that it’s a wee bit of positive sunshine in everybody’s life – all the comments think it’s nice to see somebody doing something good in that way.
“Joshua is totally fine; I was more worried than anything. I wanted to get in touch to give him a reward like a meal and a wee card, as thank you doesn’t seem enough.”
Speaking about Tuesday night’s incident, Lynn, said Joshua “had received a torrent of abuse from two guys on the train” from Glasgow to Airdrie.
The mum-of-three said: “He said they had spat on him and called him a Goth and when he got off at Airdrie, they started to follow him before running at him.
“They had already told him they were going to stab him, but as they tried to run across the road, a taxi driver pulled his car out to stop them. He then shouted at Joshua to get in and drive him home safely.
“When Joshua told me about the taxi driver, I was so touched. I’d like to show my appreciation for what he did for my son, to acknowledge how he helped when so many others would have just driven past.”
Posting on Airdrie Taxis’ page, she said of the driver: ““He is my actual hero! Please pass this on so he knows how much we appreciate his actions. He’s an angel.”