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BECAUSE WHEN I’M ANGRY, I GET MEAN

BECAUSE WHEN I’M ANGRY, I GET MEAN

For the umpteenth time in my life, an empty, on-duty cab sped past me. I was standing on the corner of 11th & Bleecker. There were two cabs stopped at the red light and I waited across the intersection, with my arm out, for the light to turn green. Now, usually I would have just run across the street and caught them at the red light because I know that’s the only fool-proof way for *me* to get a cab. But I was feeling lazy, besides it wasn’t a very populated area and it was broad daylight. Surely, capitalism would give way to prejudice and fear.
Wrong again.
When the light turned green, the first cab hesitated and suddenly turned left without signalling. The cab behind him moved toward me and then when I stepped out into the street to get in, zoomed by me. But I was ready, I memorized his medallion number and sent myself an e-mail from the Treo.

This morning I filed a complaint against him with the transportation commission which included the following:

His sideview mirror almost brushed me, is how close he came to me without stopping. I am an African-American woman and this has happened to me numerous times, but this incident was so egregious that I decided to take down his medallion number, the time and place and file this report. I am committed to following up with this complaint and will appear at any necessary hearings. This behavior is unacceptable for a cab driver. Thank You.

Here are all the things I want to happen to this jerk as a result of my complaint:

1. Lose his cab medallion.
2. Lose his cab.
3. Lose his house.
4. Lose his family.
5. Imprisonment.
6. Deportation
7. Death

I’m still very flexible about the order.

Report your own nightmare New York City cabdriver.

8 Responses to “BECAUSE WHEN I’M ANGRY, I GET MEAN”

  1. Yaron Says:

    Fuck him. I hope both guys get the punishment they deserve.

  2. Yaron Says:

    Fuck him. I hope both guys get the punishment they deserve.

  3. cube Says:

    don’t worry if the guy was wanting a cab and was not a cab driver, no one would pick him up either.

    Have you tired waving money?

  4. cube Says:

    don’t worry if the guy was wanting a cab and was not a cab driver, no one would pick him up either.

    Have you tired waving money?

  5. Monjo Says:

    Tolerance is a virtue. Maybe you should follow in the *footsteps* of Californians and get rollerskates/blades.

    By stating in your complaint you are ‘African-American’ (and I am a European-Englishman) you imply he did not stop through racial prejudice – and by stating it has happened to you numerous times you imply an institutionalised racialism in NY taxi drivers. Which considering most of them are recent immigrants (?) would seem unlikely.

    The reason I question this ‘African’ connection when referring to black people is because it is an insult to non-Negroid Africans. There are a lot of Caucasoid Africans – white people in Zimbabwe, South Africa etc, and Arabic peoples in the Sahara region. But it is pure semantics as political correctness in UK refers to blacks as Afro-Caribbean; and in the US as African-American.

  6. Monjo Says:

    Tolerance is a virtue. Maybe you should follow in the *footsteps* of Californians and get rollerskates/blades.

    By stating in your complaint you are ‘African-American’ (and I am a European-Englishman) you imply he did not stop through racial prejudice – and by stating it has happened to you numerous times you imply an institutionalised racialism in NY taxi drivers. Which considering most of them are recent immigrants (?) would seem unlikely.

    The reason I question this ‘African’ connection when referring to black people is because it is an insult to non-Negroid Africans. There are a lot of Caucasoid Africans – white people in Zimbabwe, South Africa etc, and Arabic peoples in the Sahara region. But it is pure semantics as political correctness in UK refers to blacks as Afro-Caribbean; and in the US as African-American.

  7. Monjo Says:

    Of course, you did also state you were a woman in your complaint. Perhaps you are also infering sexism from taxi drivers?

    Perhaps one day we can live in a world where people do not need to mention their colour or gender. Doing so (especially if you are a ‘minority’ or a woman) means you are implying victimisation – but the reverse is also true, as you stigmatise who you are by your gender and skin colour.

  8. Monjo Says:

    Of course, you did also state you were a woman in your complaint. Perhaps you are also infering sexism from taxi drivers?

    Perhaps one day we can live in a world where people do not need to mention their colour or gender. Doing so (especially if you are a ‘minority’ or a woman) means you are implying victimisation – but the reverse is also true, as you stigmatise who you are by your gender and skin colour.

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