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January 13, 2016 -- A cab driver in New York City has been fined $500 for refusing to give a ride to a black man. 

The black man was noted NBC weatherman Al Roker.

The driver was Mahabur Rahman, reports say. 

Cab drivers routinely avoid black male patrons for safety concerns. What's more, blacks are reputedly lousy tippers. 

Roker had filed a complaint in November and wrote on social media he and his son had been ignored for racial reasons. 

He said the driver picked up a white man a block away. The commission says it was the driver's second refusal violation. 

The driver hung up a phone Monday when called for comment. The TLC says Roker was notified of the outcome. NBC hasn't answered an email seeking comment. —
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