A smoking father has claimed compensation after his Asda shopping melted in the heat after his taxi was delayed.
Melvin Lee, who lives in Folkestone, Kent, claims he was left waiting for an hour's time in the sweltering heat last holiday Monday after the cab "drove right past them." Lee told Kent Live that he called Folkestone Taxis to come and fetch him, boyfriend Clare Rogers, 43, and eight-month-old baby Edward after closing his £ 45 grocery store in Asda from the Bouverie Place shopping center.
But Folkestone Taxis says that Mr Lee was left waiting only for 31 minutes.
Mr Lee said: "A taxi pulled up and took another couple.
" My baby was stressed while I waited.
"I would like some compensation and for them to pay for the shopping I've lost.
" They said 20 minutes, then an hour, they left me outside Asda and lost all my ice because it melted. "
The Asda brand ice cream can be purchased for about £ 1.50.
A spokesperson for Folkestone Taxis told Kent Live that there was a shortage of drivers on the holiday.
He also said that complaints made to the company are taken very seriously
The spokesman said: "All of our drivers are self-employed, so they can choose their own hours.
"We cannot dictate what hours they work.
" Mr Lee was told that the taxi would be a minimum of 20 minutes – but it was 31 minutes, not an hour.
"Send him around with the receipt, then I'll reimburse him myself.
"I told Mr Lee, he trades in Asda, I don't think they really make any expensive ice cream."