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A cabbie drove off with £300 worth of Christmas presents following an argument over a fare.

Dad-of-two Dominic Brindle called for a taxi to his partner’s home in Staffordshire.

The 44-year-old, who had splashed out £300 on the Christmas gifts before getting in the vehicle, claimed the driver quickly became aggressive, Stoke Sentinel reports.

The warehouse worker said: “The taxi driver never asked me for any money or told me how much he wanted.

“He just started telling me a story about how somebody had robbed him and run away the week before.

“I said ‘mate I don’t want to hear it, I said I will give you the money upfront’.

“But he started calling me names, got really aggressive, slammed his car into the side of the road, and told me to get out.

“He still hadn’t asked me how much money he wanted so I just got out of the car – and he drove off with all my stuff in the boot.

“I rang the office and said ‘listen you’ve just robbed me’.

“I was told the taxi driver had brought the stuff back to the office and I needed to go and collect it.”

The taxi company sent out a second driver to collect Dominic and reunite him with the Christmas shopping.

But not before he had to cough up £4.50 for the cost of the original taxi ride.

Dominic added: “I got there and told them I was not happy with what had happened.

“I was told I could not have my stuff unless I paid £4.50.

“My original brief journey must have been the minimum charge.

“I said the taxi driver had not fulfilled the contract so why would I give him any money?

“In the end I didn’t argue about £4.50 to get £300 worth of things back.”

Tempers did not subside even after money changed hands however.

“As I was walking out of the door he said something to me and I said to him ‘you’re a cheeky b*d , you’ve just fleeced my money’,” Dominic said.

“He started screaming and shouting at me.

“I got in the taxi. This guy was fuming, he opened the door, told me to get out, and said we were going to fight.

“I wasn’t interested in fighting – that’s not why I went to this place.”

He added: “I wish I had called the police but they talked me out of it.

“It seems like they can do anything they want and there is no recourse.”