Taxi drivers offered free rides to Manchester victims

Residents in Manchester England have shown incredible amounts of kindness to one another in the face of Tuesday’s terror attack.  Among those were the city’s taxi drivers, who were seen offering those who attended the concert free rides to safety.

Sam Arshad, owner of Street Cars Manchester, was one of many who turned off his meter and drove people free of charge away from the venue that was attacked.

“I saw children screaming and running,” he told CNN. “It was horrifying to see young children running, just to imagine what they were going through.”

He added that his company was ringing off the hook with phone calls from “panicked parents” soon after he drove past the venue at 10:30 p.m.

“The volume of calls was enormous. It was clear from the calls that it was a very young audience, they were literally children and didn’t have any money to pay for taxi fares,” he added, saying he told his driver to start getting people to safety at no cost.  “Whoever was stranded in the city center and didn’t have the means to get home, we would transport for free — child or adult.”

CNN reports his team ended up offering 33 free rides to people who were inside the venue trying to get away.

“I could understand (parents) pain, so we took it upon ourselves to take the children to safety, and thanks to all our drivers they did a great job.”

The hashtag #RoomforManchester started going around at the same time, and other residents in the area offered those stranded a place in their homes.

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