Soldier says Nashville cabbie told him to get out of taxi - WKRN News 2

Soldier says Nashville cabbie told him to get out of taxi

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Kentucky National Guard member says a Nashville cabbie told him to get out of a taxi Sunday after asking if he was in the Army.

Allen Pendley told News 2 he was wearing his military uniform when he was picked up at the downtown Nashville Greyhound Bus station by a Yellow Cab driver ,described as having what he considered "a Somali accent."

The Guard member, who had just taken a bus back to Nashville after finishing drills in Kentucky, said he had gone several blocks through the downtown area before the cabbie asked him if he was in the Army.

"I replied yes, and then he told me to get out without saying anything else," said Pendley, who told News 2 he takes Nashville cabs several times a week because he is a student at an area technical college.

"I have never had anything like this ever happen to me when I have been in uniform. I think it's discrimination," he added.

The soldier said the cabbie then sped away after leaving him near the Tennessee Performing Arts Center shortly before 4 p.m.

Pendley, who is a veteran of Iraq in 2009-10, said he intends to file a formal complaint with the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission, the Nashville agency that regulates cabs.

The soldier said he did not get a cab number, but "would remember the driver's face if he ever saw him again."

The 25-year-old soldier said he called Yellow Cab immediately after the Sunday incident.

Yellow Cab executives were not aware of the complaint when contacted by News 2.

The cab executives said they are looking into the matter by checking the company's new GPS system, which tracks the movements of every cab in service.  

Pendley was able to get another cab from a different company after being dropped off by the performing arts center.

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