Moment angry mobility scooter driver ‘holds up 10 cars’ after refusing to pull over while waiting for his chippy

Moment angry mobility scooter driver 'holds up 10 cars' after refusing to pull over while waiting for his chippy

This is the moment a mobility scooter driver ‘held up more than 10 cars’ by refusing to pull over in a one-way street while waiting for his chippy.

Footage showed ‘irate’ motorists beeping their horns behind the driver as he stopped in the middle of the road.

A large truck and several cars got stuck behind the scooter as the driver told passers-by: ‘I just want the fish and chips that I’ve paid for’.

The incident happened on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter in Manchester city centre last Friday (November 19).

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Footage showed multiple people trying to help and intervene.

Passerby David Williams had presumed the battery on the man’s scooter was flat so went over to see if he could help.

The mobility scooter driver pictured on Tib Street
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

But he said he was forced to ‘back off’ when the scooter driver snapped at him.

In the clip, the furious customer bellowed at anyone who urged him to move, despite holding up traffic for more than three minutes.

He then became embroiled in an explicit slanging match with furious drivers, branding them ‘f***ing low lives’ and threatening them with ‘the law’.

Even when his meal finally emerged, he refused to budge as he even told a policeman who stopped on his motorbike that ‘as soon as he gets the change he’ll be out of the way’.

Several passers-by tried to help
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

The officer then proceeded to escort him down the road while warning he’s ‘causing chaos’.

David, from Manchester, said: “He wasn’t moving anywhere. He was adamant he was not moving.

“You can hear the horns going, the guy in the lorry behind was shouting but I couldn’t hear what he was saying.

“Everyone was getting irate, not knowing what was going on.

“I was on route from an interview to where I live and I just happened to see this guy in the distance sat in the middle of the road in a wheelchair. I thought he must have broken down or his motor had gone.

Passerby David Williams saw the incident unfold
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

“I came to his aid initially but he shouted at me so I backed off.

“There was traffic behind him so I thought there must have been some reason why he was stuck there in the middle of the road.

“I got closer and realised he was waiting for his fish and chips of all things, at 11.30 in the morning.

“He paid for his fish and chips and was waiting for them to come out.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I was gobsmacked he’d stopped in the middle of the road with a [lorry] behind him which could quite easily have pushed him aside. There were more than 10 other cars behind him.”

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As Test and Trace general assistant David, 54, stood at the roadside in disbelief, he claims the bloke was there for more than five minutes while various onlookers approached him to warn of the commotion.

David said: “People on the street were going over asking if they could help. I thought someone would have to lift him out the road as he’d broken down.

“But I was shocked really, that someone would hold up the traffic in city centre Manchester for five or six minutes.

“People were getting irate. You can see the conversation with some shopkeeper.

“When people were saying move out of the way, he didn’t care. He just wanted his fish and chips and his change.

“A lot of people naturally came to try and help him. If you happened upon it you’d think something had gone wrong with the wheelchair – I didn’t know he was waiting for he was waiting for.

“It’s quite a narrow street, it’s one-way, so if there’s a blockage at the front you’re pretty stuck.”

After more than three minutes filming the heated arguments, David then spotted a uniformed officer pull up at the side of the road while someone asks ‘have we got a protest going on here?’.

After realising that the wheelchair user was sat in the middle of the narrow side street, he said: ‘right, let’s go, you’re causing chaos young man’ before putting his thumb up at the lorry driver in thanks.

David said: “A policeman on a motorbike spoke to him and the man said ‘I’m waiting for my change’. The chap came out from the chippy with his change then off he went down the road followed by the local constabulary. He was making sure he kept going.

“You don’t see that very often.”

Greater Manchester Police were contacted for a comment.

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