A Taxi driver was TASERED by passengers because he asked for the taxi fare upfront.
The 42 year old taxi driver was viciously attacked after being TASERED on Sunday night at 10:30pm.
After the assault, the passengers asked the taxi driver for cash and the car keys.
The thugs are said to be in their 20s from Willow Bank area in Lees.
The victim was subjected to the brutal assault on Hanson Street, Oldham.
Speaking about the attack, the dad-of-four from Oldham, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I picked them up and they asked to be taken a short ride away. Then they changed where they wanted to go part way through the ride.
“So I asked them for the cash up front because I thought they might do a runner. That is something I would normally do if I doubted someone wouldn’t pay.
“They said they wouldn’t do that so gave me their phone as a deposit. But then all of a sudden they said ‘give me your money’.
“I said I didn’t have any money and they asked for my car keys. Then the lad in the back started punching me and so did the bloke in the passenger seat. Then I felt shocks all down my left side and realised the bloke in the back was tasering me.
“It hurt a lot. It was like sharp shocks. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.
“I tried to pull over and started honking my horn in the hope that someone would come out and help me.
“They still had hold of me at this point and they had knocked off my glasses.”
The front seat passenger ran off after he saw another man walking towards the car.
The victim added: “I then managed to un-clip my seatbelt and get out of the car and I just threw my keys on the floor.
“I tried to find my glasses and by the time I had, the man in the back had run off as well.
“It was bad. I have a few bruises. They took around £60 from the fare money in the taxi.”
The victim has been a taxi driver for over 18 years.
He added this is not the first time he had been assaulted, he was once held at knife point around 15 years ago.
The victim is determined and will carry on working as a taxi driver.
“It’s scary but it’s a job and you have to carry on. You can’t let people like that put you off,” he said.
Tasers are illegal in the UK unless used by specially trained police officers.
A spokesman for GMP said: “At 10.55am on Monday 16 April 2018, police received a report of an armed robbery which occurred at around 10.30pm the previous evening on Hanson Street in Oldham.
“A 42-year-old man was assaulted and robbed by two men.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
In the last couple of months attacks on taxi driver have increased in the area.
Yobs have launched stones and bricks at the windows of the vehicles in a series of incidents since October last year.
Anyone with information about the recent attack should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 648 of 16/04/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.