Taxi Driver Chokes Passenger After Getting Stiffed on Tip

When man didn't leave a tip, taxi driver chased passenger and choked him in San Francisco

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    A taxi driver choked and robbed a passenger in a dispute over a  tip near San Francisco's Buena Vista Park early Sunday morning, a police  spokesman said today.
       
    The taxi driver had taken a 37-year-old man to the area of Waller Street and Central Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday and the victim asked for his change back, leaving no tip for the cabbie, police said.

        An argument ensued and the passenger tried to flee but the driver  caught up to him and began choking him, police spokesman Sgt. Dennis Toomer said.
       
    The driver then got back into the cab and drove off, Toomer said.
       
    The victim described the taxi driver as a white, balding man between 30 and 40 years old who has a muscular build and was wearing a polo shirt and jeans, Toomer said.
       
    The victim did not know what company the driver works for, but  said the taxi was white with red lettering, according to Toomer.
       
    He was taken to a hospital to be treated for neck pain, Toomer  said.
       
    Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call the  Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by  text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.