Blind woman with dog says taxi hard to find

Taxis in Portland, Ore. July 19, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
Taxis in Portland, Ore. July 19, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland agency is investigating a blind woman’s complaint that she and her seeing-eye dog were refused a taxi ride.

The Oregonian reports that 56-year-old Deb Marinos of Salem took a train to Portland en route to a hospital appointment Thursday.

An Amtrak worker gave the legally blind woman a ride in a small cart to the cab stand at the train station.

The newspaper says Marinos reports that two cabs belonging to two different companies refused to take her and her dog, with one driver reportedly declaring, “I don’t do dogs.” A third cabbie said he was waiting for a fare.

A fourth taxi, from the same company as one cab that refused Marinos, agreed to give her a ride.

Patrick Kramer is a regulatory program specialist with the City of Portland’s Private For Hire Transportation Program. He says his agency has opened an investigation.

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