Taxi window smashed by man frustrated at lack of a ride

A NIGHT out on the town turned ugly for a group of Gladstone mates who couldn't decide who would snag the first lift home.

Kai Christian Puller pleaded guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one charge of wilful damage.

The court heard about 12.40am on April 25, a taxi collected four men from outside a licensed premises in the Gladstone CBD.

The court heard Puller became agitated towards those inside the taxi and tried to hold the door open.

When the occupants managed to shut the door, Puller used a clenched fist to punch the side window of the taxi, causing it to shatter.

The defendant told the court "the night is a haze to me".

He also said he'd like to apologise to the driver.

When delivering his sentence, Magistrate Russell Warfield commented on the difficulties in attracting and retaining taxi drivers in Gladstone.

He was fined $600 and a conviction was recorded.