When the next passenger pulled him over for a ride, they were both shocked to find a one-year-old girl on the back seat.
The cabbie immediately drove back to east London, where he had dropped off the 30-year-old mother.
"I got out with her baby and the crowd started cheering and clapping. It was like a movie scene."
He added: "People leave laptops, but never anything like this!"
My husband used to drive a private hire car (not a cab) around London in the 60s and 70s. He moved out of the city with his young family when certain renown gangsters made life difficult by asking for him. Sometimes, it's best to avoid trouble.
Let's look at the history of London's hire cabs. The London cab, hackney or hackney carriage is a carriage or automobile for hire.
The term "Hackney cab" comes from two sources: "Hackney" is an anglicised version of "Hacquenee", a French horse breed, known for its stamina and ability to trot at moderate pace for long periods.
"Cab" is a shortened form of "cabriolet", the continental term for convertible car. Originally a cabriolet meant a light two wheeled carriage pulled by a single horse.
In England today, the name hackney carriage (also called a cab, black cab, hack or London taxi) refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office in Greater London or other parts of Great Britain.
As for forgetting your child in the back of someone's vehicle, who'd believe it could happen?
Yesterday while sitting in surgery waiting room, I noticed a mother using her mobile. Her two children, a toddler and a 6-year-old were left to entertain themselves. I've noticed how mobiles are distracting mothers while they're walking around the town or shopping at the supermarket. The children are being ignored. How can the youngsters learn manners, love, respect and the rules of society if they're neglected?