A taxi driver has agreed to settle a discrimination case by paying $2,000 to a white passenger who had filed a complaint saying the hack had agreed to take him from Manhattan to Brooklyn — but then changed his mind once the rider’s black friend got in.
The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2009, when Daniel Shaneyfelt, 51, hailed a cab outside Mount Sinai Hospital on Fifth Avenue and 101st Street.
Shaneyfelt said cabby Mohamed Ebrahim crossed two lanes of traffic to get to him and had no qualms about traveling to Park Slope, Brooklyn, a destination some drivers shun because they prefer to roam Manhattan’s much busier streets.
But when Shaneyfelt’s black boyfriend — who has dreadlocks and had just completed a cancer treatment — entered the vehicle, Shaneyfelt said Ebrahim reversed course.
“I’m not going to Brooklyn,” he quoted him as saying.
“You just said you would,” Shaneyfelt insisted.
“I’m not going to Brooklyn,” he recalled the driver repeating.
Shaneyfelt told The Post it was a clear case of discrimination.
“Talk about racial profiling,” he said.
Even though he agreed to pay the $2,000, Ebrahim said he did nothing wrong because he never stopped in the first place.
“I didn’t see them,” Ebrahim insisted.
“I pick up many black guys. What’s the problem? One o’clock is not busy. I make $25 easy.”
Ebrahim said he agreed to the settlement — in which there was no admission of guilt — because “I didn’t want too much trouble.”
Shaneyfelt, who offered specific recollections about his encounter, picked up the first $1,000 payment on his birthday last Friday.
“It was sort of a birthday present to myself,” he said.