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If you read our Moms section faithfully, you’ve come to realize that pregnant mothers sometimes have babies in strange places and, many times, they are en route to the hospital. But one mom who gave birth while in a taxi just outside the hospital got more than she bargained for – a bill for cleaning the inside of the taxi!

According to an article in the UK publication The Northern Echo, Jenny Larkin gave birth to baby Finley less than two hours after going into labor. When Steven Morrell from JP Taxi picked them up, he saw that she was in labor and told the father it was okay, as he had plastic sheeting on the front seat.

“We got on the A174 and I said the baby was coming. By the time we were pulling up at the hospital, the baby was already coming out,” Jenny said. “Five midwives rushed out to see what the situation was and there my baby boy was, hanging down and in a bit of shock. I had to deliver him there. That’s when he said to my partner 'I want the cleaning bill.'"

Not surprisingly, the new mom, who already has two girls under five years old at home, said, “I was absolutely mortified.” Morrell isn’t backing down either, pointing out the fact that he lost two days of work on Friday and Saturday due to the interior being wet.

“Unfortunately someone’s got to pay for it. I don’t think I’m being nasty asking for the valeting cost back,” Morrell said. The owner of JP Taxi, Craig Walker, backs up Morrell, saying he had every right to pass the bill on to the family in accordance with a council bylaw.

Who do you think is in the wrong here? Share your thoughts below!

Source: The Northern Echo


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