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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Annoying Passengers For Cabbies:


 
I have driven a cab in Saratoga Springs for the past two years and I have to say it has been the most interesting job I have ever had. As a writer it is a dream job as I will never run out of writing material. This summer will be my last ‘term’ as a cabbie. Like any job it has its pros and cons but if you really want to experience how your fellow Saratogian’s really are in all of its ugliness and glory; go drive a cab.


  1. Those Who Keep You Waiting:
This customer is annoying because they call ahead and make an appointment and then they are never ready when the cab arrives at the appointed time. This isn’t just bad form it’s rude. Good cab companies will give this customer an ultimatum and if they still keep their cabbie waiting then they are cut loose. Cabbies are paid by the call and pay for their own gas so if you are not in the car they are not getting paid. (There are passengers that have gone through every cab company and are no longer able to get a cab.)
 

  1. The Haggler:
This passenger is pandemic in the taxi industry. They are quoted a price at the beginning of the ride but when the cab pulls up to their destination they believe that they can now haggle like a grandmother at a garage sale. The price the driver quotes you is the price you will pay. The End.

 

  1. The Divas Who Hold Your Cab Hostage:
This is the call where you pull up to an address to pick up four people and two will get in to ‘hold’ the cab and then another person comes out. Now you are waiting for the last person (the high-maintenance chick) to get in your cab. I usually tell them if the person isn’t in my cab within two minutes I am pulling away from the curb. (This usually happens during Racing Season.) Women are usually the culprits of this scenario.

 

  1. The Self Entitled Passenger:

 This passenger used to be exclusively associated with…wait for it…SKIDMORE but oh how times have changed. This passenger could just as easily be from Jefferson Terrace or Allen Drive. They call and want a cab ‘right away’ and when you get there two or three minutes later they are of course not ready. When they finally make an appearance they want to make three stops instead of one (they told the dispatcher nothing of the sort) and only want to pay for one stop. I’d like to say that this individual is an anomaly in the taxi industry but I don’t want to lie to you.

 

  1. The Quasi-Socialist:
Rich kids have always had a reputation for their aversion for paying for things and many (not all) certainly pander to this stereotype. These types (mostly liberals) ostensibly believe in redistribution of wealth as long as it’s not theirs. This type of passenger is a thorn- in- the-side for most local cabbies and if you’ve ever wondered why so many blue-collar people are not aligned with the Democratic Party, this is why. Pay your cab fare or get out of the cab. Enough said.

 

  1. The Crack Run:
I would like to tell you that this scenario is rare but sadly it is not. Drug addiction is probably the number one reason of the degradation of American Culture. It is sad but I don’t have much sympathy for the addict and I have less tolerance for ‘rehab’ which is quite the racket here in America. Here is how the scenario is played. The cabbie is accosted somewhere downtown by someone who has to get to…Schenectady…immediately. But this individual doesn’t have the money for cab fare but his or her ‘friend’ will pay on the other end. I am sure you can guess how the story ends; I got burned and I had to pay the fare. Luckily this person, the son of a local home builder has since gone to jail for doing this sort of thing one too many times.

 

  1. The Drunken Elected Official:

 Just kidding. I had you though, didn’t I?

 

 

  1. The Downstater:
This passenger is a complete pain in the ass because they believe that anyone from the New York City area is far more intelligent than those who are from Upstate. If one more punk kid tells me they are from ‘the city’ when he is really from Staten Island he or she will be left dazed and confused at the curb. Thank you and have a nice day.

 

  1. The “Artiste”
As a writer I do have an affinity for creative types as I know how difficult it is to be an artist in a society that doesn’t fully appreciate an artist unless they are making millions of dollars which is unrealistic at best. However, I don’t know when artists started behaving like self-entitled investment bankers but sadly they have. Most of them would be better suited if they had their own shuttle that ran directly to Purdy’s and back to ‘artiste headquarters’. Thank god another cab company has the contract for the high maintenance Yaddo residents. These people are never on time, never tip and are incredibly rude because they are ‘important.’ The notable exception was the lovely Kaui Hart Hemmings who I had in my cab three times last summer. She is the author of the highly acclaimed, The Descendents. If you get her in your cab this summer consider yourself lucky.

 

  1. The Freeloader:
This person is known as your local loser, and one who constantly expects a free ride every time they get in your cab. Most cabdrivers pay it forward to those who really need a break but this isn’t that passenger. This is the person who wants to stop at Stewarts to buy cigarettes and beer but doesn’t have the cab fare. Just as they’re those people who are barred from certain bars in town they are also barred from cab companies.

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2 Comments:

Blogger James Anthony said...

Very good read, comical, true.
James Anthony
Owner/driver "Value van taxi and car service"

April 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger James Anthony said...

Very good read, funny, true

April 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM  

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