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[–]will_arctic 258 points259 points260 points  (13 children)

I honestly believe this is what kinghthoods should be reserved for.

Yeah, it's a quirky story — just how the cabbie casually locked a terrorist in his cab like he couldn't afford the fair. But people like this; like the guy who charged at a terrorist with a narwhal tusk; like PC Keith Palmer; like that Glaswegian that kicked a terrorist in the balls — all heroes.

I'm sick of seeing knighthoods reserved for singers and people who do well at sports, when actual everyday-heroes walk among us unrecognised bar a few headlines during the week of the event.

[–]rageseraph 38 points39 points40 points  (1 child)

There’s a Russian gesture-tapping the back of the neck-which is a symbol meaning that you or someone else is drunk or drinking. The legend goes that Tsar Peter the Great commissioned a cathedral to be built, but no one would place the cross atop the tallest spire for fear of falling off. Peter announced that anyone who placed the cross atop the spire would receive one gift of the doer’s choosing. A carpenter (sometimes referred to as a slave) volunteered, and upon placing the cross, was asked what he wanted. The carpenter, a notorious drunk, asked for free vodka from any bar in Russia. Peter wrote the man a royal decree, to be shown to any bartender in Russia, good for free vodka at the crown’s expense. Of course, the drunk carpenter couldn’t keep up with it, and after losing several copies of the decree, had the Tsar’s royal seal tattooed/branded on the back of his neck, and would tap the royal seal to indicate he wanted another drink.

There’s also a variation that the carpenter was instead a naval engineer who constructed ships for the Royal Navy, and asked for the free drinks in exchange for his services, ending up in the same tattoo on his neck.

[–]fiat126p 15 points16 points17 points  (0 children)

Glad someone said it! When I saw the headlines I was skeptical. It would be pretty bizarre for the taxi to have child locks on, and that's the only way i can think of to lock someone in, other than the boot!

When I saw the video it was obvious it was a lie. The damn thing blew with him inside it

Glad he's ok though. Getting sick of the media making pointless shit up.

[–]autotldrBOT 423 points424 points425 points  (27 children)

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 93%. (I'm a bot)


A hero taxi driver is reported to have locked a suicide bomber in his car before he blew himself up outside a Liverpool maternity hospital.

One theory is that the bomber was trying to reach a Remembrance Day service in Liverpool but after getting stuck in traffic diverted the cab to the Liverpool Woman's Hospital.

Police have confirmed one man in the car died and another man was seriously injured in the blast at 10.59am on Sunday, just a minute before the two-minute silence held around the country for Remembrance Day.


Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Police#1 hospital#2 Liverpool#3 Merseyside#4 Fire#5

[–]blatherskite01 177 points178 points179 points  (24 children)

The first paragraph makes it very unclear who blew themselves up

Edit: DAMN you guys I know who fuckin blew themselves up! All it would take to make that sentence a little more CLEAR though, is “A hero taxi driver is reported to have locked a suicide bomber in his car before the bomber detonated himself outside a Liver… yada yada yada.”

Or you know what? NO. Maybe the taxi driver ripped the vest off the bomber BEFORE he locked the bomber in the car, and the taxi driver accidentally blew himself up outside the hospital? You don’t know! Cause that paragraph doesn’t say! I bet that’s it. That makes sense cause I’m big dumb.

Go suck an egg, ya jerks.

GOOD day.

[+]halla_me 832 points833 points834 points  (68 children)

The male passenger, who had asked to go to the city's Service of Remembrance at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral less than a mile away where 1,200 military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen had gathered, was the only person killed.

A friend of married father-of-two Mr Perry, 45, said that he believed that the cathedral was the target but traffic and road closures led to the passenger, who has not been formally identified, asking the driver to park at the nearby Liverpool Women's Hospital instead. By locking him in, David appears to have stopped the man targeting the hospital as the clock struck 11am.

'I don't know how he's done it with a split second's thought but David's jumped out and locked the car with this guy in the back. As soon as he did, it's gone off. If this guy got in the hospital God knows what could have happened. David's the luckiest man in Britain as well as the most heroic'.

[–]Canadian_Donairs 78 points79 points80 points  (2 children)

Not like it's coming from a reputable source whatsoever. Really shouldn't let this discredit what happened to this taxi driver.

His friend? Who wasn't there? Okay, then. Sure.

He very well could have diverted the cab and locked the doors to contain him inside. Clearly no diving to safety at the last second though.

Still doesn't mean buddy isn't a fucking legend though. Locking yourself in a car with a suicide bomber and not taking him where he wanted is some serious metal shit by itself, mission impossible leap or not.

[–]Xivlex 150 points151 points152 points  (12 children)

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youtube vanced
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[–]Ambitious5uppository 4 points5 points6 points  (6 children)

Auto door locks don't prevent you from opening them from the inside.

However many cars have an option for driver operated electronic childlocks for the rear doors which do prevent them being opened from the inside. It's somewhat common for taxis to have the option fitted.

It's hard to see what this car was, but looks a bit like a mondeo estate.

The mondeo does have rear electric childlocks as an option.

So it's possible the passenger in the back was locked in while the driver was able to leave unabated.