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How To Get Back at a Cab Driver

Ben Popken was refused a ride to Brooklyn by a cabbie. This is illegal,  so he reported him. The driver got a fine, and Popken got revenge. Citizen justice, by way of actual justice, via the rules set up by a system. Bureaucracy: it works (sometimes).


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madrassoup (#929)

Yeah, I wanted to sympathize, I really did, but this guy sounds like an asshole. To wit:

So my little bleeding heart friends, while many taxi drivers do a great and often thankless job, this driver would only lose his if he was a repeat offender. And if he’s breaking the law for the second or third time, shouldn’t he be punished? Or would you rather he be left to drive around and break a law that might end up really hurting someone?

This he says after pointing out that a first offense would cost a cab driver between$350-$500 dollars. And is he really going to paint this as a noble effort to keep the city safe from law-breaking cabdrivers, when really he’s just butthurt that this cab driver cost him the 5 minutes it took to hail another cab?

If not being able to take the first cab to Brooklyn causes this dude to escalate situations in a way that sticks it hard to people that could use a break themselves, then woe be unto the cashier who ever fails to make proper change, the dry cleaner who breaks his shirt button, or the barista who makes his redeye too hot. Jesus.

deepomega (#22)

@madrassoup Breaking a shirt button isn’t illegal. And if the fines aren’t enforced, well then guess what! Cab drivers will continue to be dicks about going to Brooklyn.

WaityKatie (#1,696)

@madrassoup I’m guessing you don’t live in Brooklyn?

Reg (#1,942)

@madrassoup I totally agree – such smug, entitled douchery on display here. Of course the cab driver was breaking the rules and it is a pain in the ass (I’ve been refused many times for the same reason) but the gloating tone here is very hard to stomach.

thecoffeestain (#1,483)

Way to go, sir! I sympathize a lot with Ben here, not because I live in NY (which I don’t) but because when I visit NY to see my friends (who live in both Brooklyn & Manhattan) it is a royal pain to have to flag down 5 cabs only to be completely refused by them, when I’m more than happy, nay willing, to tip them for their trouble. And it isn’t that this happens once in a blue moon; EVERY TIME I visit, it happens.

I don’t think it’s in any way wrong that Ben called the cab driver out on his refusal to drive to Brooklyn, mainly because that could be equated to a server refusing to serve you because you won’t be ordering the proper amount (read: tab) of food to make it worth their while. Imagine what that would be like? (No Europeans would ever get service, for one). That kind of behavior should not be tolerated, no matter the industry, no matter what.

Point blank: He knew the parameters of the job, he broke the rules, he got caught, and was punished with a very firm slap on the wrist. Case closed.

WaityKatie (#1,696)

@thecoffeestain And for the record, I live in a part of Brooklyn where it’s laughably easy for a cab driver to pick up a return fare, at virtually any hour of the day or night, and many STILL won’t drive me there. I’ve had drivers offer to take me to the upper east side rather than go there, and then angrily speed away when I said no. (which I don’t really understand? Like I would say, “oh, I wanted to go home, but I guess I’ll just let you take me to a place really far away from where I live instead!”)

Cat Named Louise (#1,943)

It’s particularly upsetting to me that taxis, which are such a essential part of the public transportation network in NYC, have to work on a per-fare basis. I think that the bulk of this particular issue–refusing to drive people to Brooklyn or the Bronx or wherever–could be solved if cab drivers were salaried employees, or at least paid by the hour. The promise of tips would keep drivers from just sitting in a parking lot snoozing, and that calculus of lost dollars for driving someone out of the way wouldn’t as dire.

I think that’s how the Black Cars on Staten Island generally work — the car service company owns the fleet and treats drivers as employees, not freelancers.

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