Rock-throwing kids in Thompson endangering cab drivers
Drivers, city officials and RCMP begin talks to address dangerous, costly problem
Taxi cabs in Thompson, Man., are under siege by gangs of rock-throwing children.
"It cost for each window $600. We have to go through Autopac, we have to pay the deductible of $600," Harpit Ghai told CBC News.
He says the problem escalated to the point that his drivers threatened to go on strike earlier this week, but he managed to persuade them to continue driving.
Ghai says the RCMP recently apprehended some of the vandals, but because they have been between 11 and 12 years old the penalties that can be imposed are quite limited.
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The city manager for Thompson says meetings with stakeholders are underway.
"It's a concern for them, for the safety of their drivers," Gary Ceppetelli told CBC News. "They have come to us and we have setup a meeting [with the RCMP] in order to try to address the issue."
The RCMP did not immediately respond to question about the issue, but city officials confirmed a meeting is to take place Friday afternoon with the local detachment.
Ceppetelli says it's not clear whether taxis are being specifically targeted, or whether it's just mischievous behaviour in general.
"Hopefully the [parents] can relay the message to their kids that this is not an acceptable activity," he said.
With files from Meaghan Ketcheson and Pat Kaniuga