Friday, August 08, 2008

That Time of Year Again?

Regular readers know one thing that really annoys me is drivers who hit on me when I'm in their cab. Please guys - I just want a ride! You know, you take me where I'm going, I pay you for that. Simple transaction. My great run of not getting hit on ended last week with two cabbies hitting on me in the same week. Ok, so maybe it's summer and we're not all bundled up in coats or something, but really guys - outside of Mad Cabbies' midnight run passengers, does that ever work?


At 8:49 AM, Blogger Philip said...

I ran across this problem more than once as Corporate Secretary of a Major Washington Cab Company. The usual result was the separation of the offending driver from the Company. This can get a driver into serious trouble with the Authorities.

As you correctly state, the customer just wants a ride. If the customer wants to be hit on, there are places for the customer to go for that. If the driver wants to hit on someone, there are places that he can go to do that. It starts with taking a bath and putting on some decent threads.............

One of the problems is that, over the years, cab drivers have told many stories. The biggest three are (in ascending order): How little they make (to the Internal Revenue); How much they make (to everyone else); and How often they go home with their female passengers. The last is the biggest story and the first has become more difficult owing to the presence of taximeters (which could also make the second difficult, except that no one checks out what is said in a bull session).

When I had the position previously referenced, we received a letter from a female who was visiting from Japan about some serious misconduct of that nature (it went far beyond simple 'on-hitting'). The lady in question had called us for a cab to take her to National Airport. The driver whom we had sent misbehaved seriously. We brought him before the Board of Directors, questioned him and threw him out of the Company. I sent her a letter informing her of this. Unbeknownst to us, she had sent a copy of the letter to the Taxicab Commission. Six months after the fact, we get a letter from the Commission that contains a copy of the complaint, plus a puffy-uppy, all-furious letter from the Commission demanding to know 'what we are going to do about this?'. As Corporate Secretary, it was my job to craft the reply. I sent a simple reply to the Commission that we had received the letter six months past, had brought the driver in question before the Board, examined him and had found him wanting, and had separated him from the Company. I added that this was the maximum that we could do; we could not take his hack licence, because we did not issue it. That was the last that we heard about that.

We had another driver who picked up an intoxicated female and took her to Arlington, Virginia. There, she asked the driver to come in with her. Turned out she had a steady boyfriend, who might have found out about this. She cried rape. The driver wound up pleading to a lesser charge, but it cost him his hack licence. The reason that I tend to believe the driver, is that this same woman had done the same thing previously to other drivers in other companies. Thus, it is not a good idea to crawl into bed with your passengers, even at their invitation.

Can Companies can be, and have been, held responsible for such misconduct on the part of their drivers.

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Mad Cabbie said...

Does that mean you show a lot of cleavage during the summer DCCR? Phil, I can't tell you how many times I have been offered to come upstairs from drunk chics, as much as I wanted to to take on the offer, I move on my separate ways holding on to my hard pipe!

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous roy (irish taxi) said...

So honey, you out celebrating your 18th birthday? wanna slip in here beside me? eh!!!!! where are you going?, honey! don't leave now! we were doing so well!

At 7:15 PM, Blogger DC Cab Rider said...

Yeah, I'm just a dream with my end of the day hair in a mess, clothes all wrinkly and yucky. Who wouldn't want this!


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