August 29th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Union rep: Stabbed NY cabbie frets about money

New York cab driver Ahmed Sharif shows his wounds after being attacked by a passenger last week.

New York cab driver Ahmed Sharif cannot bring himself to talk about the young man who cut his throat and nearly killed him last week, a taxi union representative said Sunday.

"Ahmed is a strong man, but mentally he has limits," said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. "The trauma he's experienced will last for a long time."

Desai spent hours this weekend with Sharif. She said his most pressing worry is how he'll provide for his wife and four children - including a 10-month-old –without a job. Sharif is receiving 2/3 of his salary, about $30,000 a year, in workers' compensation. Union members do not get health insurance or disability payments, Desai said.

"My guess is that he'll be unable to work for at least four months," Desai said. "He can't even pick up his baby because of the wounds to his arms. He can't turn his neck."


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  1. Ekavet

    This guy is going to milk this incident to death. Had it been a Rabbi, the reporting would have been over on the second day.
    Enough already! lets go back to more important stories like Paris Hilton and her drug arrest

    August 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JustMe

    Cab driving can be a very dangerous profession any where. But was he boasting of being a Muslim or what? I mean 9/11 though past is still a sensitive issue in the hearts of Americans.

    August 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      If you read the story properly, the guy asks him if he is a muslim, so the cab driver replies by saying yes. he does not boast around saying he is muslim to every person. If i ask you are u a Christian, and you reply by saying yes, is that boasting?

      August 30, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. dras

    Ow! He cut my religion! Ow! He stabbed me in my religion! Ow! And he stabbed me with HIS religion! Oww!

    August 30, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |