Canary Wharf Sales Worker Sacked After Bilking Taxis To His Home Near
A serial fare dodger has been sacked from his job after it was discovered that he had failed to pay for taxis from London to the south coast.
Jake Dean, 24, who worked in sales in Canary Wharf, told cabbies that he worked for JP Morgan before setting off to Peacehaven, to the east of Brighton.
He admitted that he had racked up more than £600 in unpaid fares but said it was ‘just impulsive’.
Dean hailed a cab outside Waterloo train station in February and told the driver that he would get the £256 cash en route when he was closer to home. He told drivers that his card would not work so would offer to make a bank transfer or deliver the money to their address.
On one occasion he said he would sell a games console so that he could pay the driver back.
However, he failed to do so and ended up facing magistrates in Brighton.
He told them: ‘I take full responsibility and apologise to the taxi drivers, they just wanted to do their job. It was never malicious, it was just impulsive.’
The court heard of three other taxi fare dodging incidents between December 2016 and February this year, where Dean strung drivers along promising payments.
He told the court: ‘I was working in sales in Canary Wharf.
Due to the fraud, I have lost my position. These four mistakes were my own fault and I am very sorry for what I’ve done.’
He was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £621.40 in compensation and costs