Not only ridiculous, but chock full of racial profiling. :
Married couple Dan Keys Jr., 66, and Symone Palermo, 53 were recently investigated by a New York City government agency because Dan was under suspicion of running an illegal cab service.
The incident unfolded when Keys, 66, dropped off Palermo at a Flushing mall, where she works in a Bob’s Discount Furniture store, according to legal documents.
He was then approached by TLC employees who charged that his passenger had left the back seat, which meant he was providing her an illegal ride.
They falsely claimed “the white female passenger exchanged money and that the passenger had confirmed that the Town Car was being operated as a taxi,” according to the lawsuit filed last week in Queens Supreme Court.
“Upon information, the only reason that the TLC agents stopped Keys was because they observed an African-American male driving what they thought to be a white female,” court papers charged.
They added that Palermo, 53 — who is biracial — then returned to the car and explained she is the driver’s wife.
But the Bayside couple’s explanations fell on deaf ears.
They both received summonses — the wife got one as the registered owner of the car — and the agents allegedly continued the charade to cover up their mistake.