Man Who Stiffed Cabbie Had $5,000 in Pocket: Cops

Man refused to pay his fare after being driven around for cigarettes, police said

Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 8:58 AM PDT
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The man reportedly had the money but just didn't want to part with it.

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What a cheapskate!

An upstate New York man who refused to pay a $12.40 taxi fare was carrying more than $5,000 when the cabbie drove him around looking for cheap cigarettes, police said.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported that Carl Kulmus, 68, had the driver take him to two stores on Monday. Each time he came out empty-handed, saying the price of cigarettes was too high.

When Kulmus had the cabbie take him to a third store, the driver asked for the $12.40 fare. The passenger allegedly refused to pay and told the cabbie to call police over the issue.

Kulmus' arrest report said he became uncooperative, the Post-Standard reported. Police handcuffed him and searched his pockets, finding $5,063.94 in cash.

He was charged with theft of services.

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