Mahabur Rahman
NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission 

Al Roker, like so many other black people in New York City, has beef with a New York City taxi driver who snubbed him last weekend. Roker says that the driver bypassed him to pick up a white customer, and now the taxi driver is speaking out.

Mahabur Rahman is facing up to $1,350 in fines from the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission because of Roker’s complaint, but he says it was a misunderstanding. Rahman says it was a simple mistake.

“I tell you honestly, I didn’t see him,” Rahman told the New York Daily News.

“It’s a misunderstanding. Maybe he saw me and I didn’t see him. How I refuse him?” he added. “Anybody would pick him. He looks like a gentleman. That’s our business. If you ride with my car, you’re going to make the money.”  

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But this isn’t the first complaint filed against the Bangladeshi driver. According to the TLC, Rahman was fined for a similar incident in May and had to pay $200. Because this is his second incident, he now faces a $1,000 fine and a possible 30-day suspension of his license if found guilty. Additional charges include penalties between $150 and $350 if his case goes to trial.

Roker stated that the incident was a lesson in racism for his son.