Florida Man Sent Back To Jail After Failing To Pay For Taxi Ride Home


Taxi in the Rain in City. Photo: thesabrina (Getty)

You read that headline correct.

Charles Folk is either the worst con artist in the state of Florida, or a freeloader with the terrible.

According to Florida Today, the 40-year-old returned to jail almost immediately following his release this week after failing to pay his taxi driver for his ride home from jail.

It was a 30-mile trip home. Folk promised to pay via credit card upon arrival. But when it was time to fork over the dough, things went awry:

Upon arrival, the 40-year-old Melbourne man told the cab driver neither his sister nor his roommate could help him pay the $70 fare. The cab driver would not accept a payment over the phone from Folk’s sister, who was out of town at the time, according to Melbourne police reports.

The taxi driver called police. Folk was arrested — again — and charged with petty theft.

Here is Mr. Folk below, courtesy of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department.

Photo: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

Folk was in jail previously for criminal mischief after allegedly damaging his roommate’s belongings. He’s now back in jail on $2,000 bond.

Josh’s Take

Mr. Folk, get new friends. If you ask “how?” stop being an a-hole. That’s a start. As for leaving jail next time, either hitchhike or find a nearby church. Someone should be willing to give you a ride free of charge as long as you repent.


Josh Helmuth is a sports reporter in St. Louis who contributes to Mandatory.



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