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New York City taxi driver who was caught wearing swastika arm band fired from his job

By Mason White 4:07 PM June 18, 2014
Gabriel Diaz wearing swastika arm band 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
A New York City taxi driver who was suspended for wearing a Nazi arm band, was fired from his job, the New York Post reported.

27-year-old Gabriel Diaz, was suspended last month, when pedestrians and drivers saw him wearing the symbol of hatred and reported him to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

He was told not to wear the swastika again. Ted Strauel, president of the Long Island City Garage Team Systems, said that Diaz is not welcome back.

“We told him that it was better for him to go work at another place,” Strauel said. “He is not working here, it will not work here,” he added.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, which represents Long Island City Garage Team Systems, said that his behavior was offensive and inappropriate. The Bronx Dominican driver admitted to wearing the band on his left arm to hide it from the passengers.

He pleaded guilty to violating the rules of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and the agency said that it took the strongest possible action against him.