Roger Phoenix Jacobs was overwhelmed by the wonderful experience he had on a taxi, a sentiment not often discussed among South Africans.
Roger explained what he thought was going to be a normal taxi drive, turned into a heartwarming experience, thanks to the kindness of the gatjie, the man in the front of the taxi who collects the money and coordinates fares.
When Roger’s taxi got to Pelican Park, an old lady needed to get on the taxi. Seeing that she had a lot of bags, the kind gatjie took his time to assist her and get her on safely.
A little further down the road, te taxi passed by disabled lady and stopped to giver her a lift. Roger says another disabled thought the taxi was stopping for him and tried to get out. Roger was convinced the driver would shout at him to leave, but he did not. Instead, the well-humoured gatjie just joked and jovially drove on.
Roger said he got the chance to drive with the lovely taxi again the next day. He was blown away by the sweet smiles on their faces. Even as a recovery coach, Roger says it was one of the best feelings of his life.
Roger says this man has changed the way he views people. He says he has learnt a great deal about humanity from that single fateful taxi drive.
“I always thought that all taxi gatjies were rude and inconsiderate people with no respect. But this young and good looking young man changed my way of thinking forever about them. Because taxi gatjies don’t normally do these acts of kindness.”
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