Monday, April 10, 2006

More assholes


This drunk fuck really pissed me off. He and his friend hailed me in Williamsburg on Bedford Ave and wanted to go to Grand and Graham. I started driving but then stopped when I realized this guy was still smoking a cigarette. I myself am a smoker, but I don't like people to smoke in my cab because the smell lingers and non-smoking passengers get mad when they get in after. Plus, it's illegal and I can get a huge ticket for allowing it. So I said, "Hey, are you smoking? Can you throw it out?"

His hand was still out the window, but when I said this, he drew his hand in, took a long obnoxious drag off the cigarette, and then blew the smoke out all inside the back. The whole cab was full of smoke now and I was pissed. It was too late in the night for me to have any reserves of patience left so I said, "That was fucking rude. You know what? Get the fuck out of my cab. Now." The cab was already stopped but they didn't feel like getting out just yet. Instead, they started cursing and yelling at me. I yelled back, telling them to just get the fuck out and so on, and finally they said, "You're a CUNT!"

I said, "That may be so, but it's the most cunt you'll ever have in your life. Now GET OUT."

They jumped out and slammed the doors as hard as they could so that the whole car shook.

But apparently the drunk fuck with the cigarette didn't get enough of me because he ran up to my window and started yelling some more. Which was good, because I was able to shoot a few pictures of him.

I finally left and circled around, looking for a different fare. They were still standing there when I came back around and I had to resist the urge to run them over. Farther up the block, I got hailed by two Indian guys going to Queens. I dropped one off in Long Island City and, after he got out, the remaining guy said, "Would it be okay if I smoked a cigarette?"

I almost said yes, just to spite those stupid drunk guys but, realizing the pointlessness of that, I said, "I'm sorry, you can't. But I appreciate you at least asking."

170 comments:

wil said...

The scary thing is that you never know when these assholes might become violent.

I carry a 5 D-cell MagLite to deal with that situation.

Stay safe.

trashicon said...

just found your site, wicked and really well written, looks like its going to becomes a feature next week on mine .. im all the way in australia but really like the whole scene in NY ... will be a regular reader i dare say...

any way if people want check out my site while your here....

trashicon

al-jabr said...

what is it about new york that brings out the worst in people? correct me if i'm wrong.

love the site!

Anonymous said...

man, there's no love fo Da Hack! Come on peeps! Chill when yas in the big yellow thrill. -ma

Davo said...

Have just found this blog. Hello from Australia. Drove a cab some 40 years ago.

By George said...

It sucks that people like that are allowed to exist, what on earth was he trying to prove? Gives men a bad name.

Anyways, bad situation, but made for a good post.

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greg said...

GIVE 'EM HELL!

As for the hookers, I wonder how they usually get to Queens Plaza, since yellow cabs in Queens even this close to Manhattan (here in Astoria) are fairly rare. Livery car, I guess. Did they tip well?

v.c. said...

it's cool to learn about NY through your daily experiences. At least i could say i learn more about NY city life this way than joining a regular city tour....

stay safe!

Sicilian said...

I love to read your stuff. I am looking forward to your book.

Sorry about the jerks. . . what comes around goes around.

Meg said...

I just love the way you capture the red-faced-aggessive-prick expression on his face. Disgusting. Well done on a fantastic blog.

Anonymous said...

I would have preferred a picture of the 'alleged' good looking hookers...

Anonymous said...

have you ever thought about carrying a piece?

--gloomy suggestion

celeste said...

youre the mother fucking rock n roll cab driver. i think i want to live in new york now.

Canton said...

what is it about new york that brings out the worst in people? correct me if i'm wrong.

There are jerks everywhere. There're just more of 'em in the big cities. And New York, New York? Big city. Just a theory. Never actually been to NYC...

Awesome blog, by the way. One of my regular reads now.

Gudrun said...

Hi and thank you for your interesting blog, I myself lived in DC for a while, jerks are everywhere. But here in Iceland they are more hidden, but they are here.
Reading your blog makes me wanna come "home" again...

LCC Katy said...

I wonder if he realized that his "nice" attitude got him a spot on the web, so we all know what a jerk he is and we can ID him thanks to your picture.

Stay safe.

annmary said...

Its nice to see woman are abble to do all the professions quiet so well as men; but its not allways confortable as i read in your last blog. My daughter became pilot and it wasn't evident to find work; partly due to economic crisis(after eleven september) and certainly also a great deal of distrust. After doing a tour in Florida(vero beach) to built up experience and flytime, it was a bit easier.Now she's flying for a small business Jets company in Europe.It's still not strange when she flies with the female captain Martine; the passengers seeing this charming equipment of two female pilots; they walk into the cabin with a green forced smile as if they enters in a corbillard (cab for death transportation)

annmary said...

its nice to see that women are abble to do all the professions quiet as well as men; its only not always confortable as i read in your last blog. My daughter became pilot and she didn't find work easily; partly due to the economic crisis and a great deal of distrust.After a tour in Florida (vero beach) to built up experience and flytime it was easier. Now she's working for a small superjets business company.

annmary said...

But its still not rare if she flies with the captain Martin, that the passengers in view of this two female pilots walked in the cabin with a green and forced smile as if they enters in a corbillard!!!

Anonymous said...

The scary thing is that you never know when these assholes might become violent.
I cary a 357 mag for those situations, but NY has ridiculous gun laws. At least in Cleveland CCW is legal with a permit

deepeekay said...

Jeez, the 'c-word' seems to lost all its' value these days. Wonder if he talks to his mother that way ?

A real piece 'o shit.

For some reason, that sort of behavior on an airplane probably would've resulted in removal from the flight and arrest.

Travis Bickle said...

"Listen you fuckers, you screwheads. Here's a man who would not take it
anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the
filth, the shit........ here is someone who stood up"

Kim said...

I LOVE that you posted a picture of that idiot on your blog! Too funny! Maybe you could make up like a business card of sorts to hand out to jerks which directs them to your blog...as a way of saying..."I'll get the last word."

Chuck said...

It would be cool if when you took his picture he thought, "Shit! it's the New York Hack, I'm gonna be on her friggin' Blog lookin' like an Ass." Keep Giving Them Hell.

Alli said...

Maybe it's just because I've been having the worst luck with cabs lately, but I live in Brooklyn and nobody wants to drive me home at night anymore! I live literally five minutes from the Manhattan Bridge, but even if I hail a cab in Chinatown, chances are I'll still have to get two or three before I find one willing to drive me home!

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to rant to you about it.....I just always read about you driving around Brooklyn and Queens, and then I get sad, mostly because whenever I take a cab late at night, I always hope I end up in yours.

Ew, that sounded creepy.

london_cabby said...

"Are you ready....ready for the gridlock" Bono

Gayla said...

Hello~
Just stumbled on your blog and I love it! Your a great writer and teller of your daily life.
Do you not get scared of these lunatics? LOL I live in Las Vegas and know full well the dangers and assholes of this world.

Stay safe,
Season

deepeekay said...

The 'c-word' has really become devalued these days.

Such behavior on MTA buses and trains or a commercial arliner would probably result in ejection, if not arrest.

Some of my fellow gender-mates are sooo embarassing !!!

Leesa said...

Really funny post. I have never been to NY, but if I was hailing a cab, I would not want to enter a smoke-filled taxi.

And they dropped the C-word. Ouch.

texmex said...

yea, I'm with the other poster up there...would rather see a pic of the 'alleged' pretty hookers.

love they way you handled the asshat's use of the c-word.

Dana said...

If you ask me that guy was acting like a "C" and MR Bickle what the hell are you talking about??? Please explain, cause it sounds like you were defending the guy????? Fight the good fight girl :) and yes where are pic of hookers.
Peace

Anonymous said...

wow, i'm with dana on that, what the hell was he trying to say?
as for the drunk prick, he's a real tough guy with a female driver,but i bet he would've been too much of a pussy to try that with a dude driving, some of them are scary looking as it is. sorry guys.
oh yeah, and where's the pic of the hookers? come on! heh heh.

Anonymous said...

I worked with a guy that was loud and obnoxious he also took great pride in demeaning women. One day he got loud and obnoxious with the wrong person and landed up being shot. He died, I hope it was worth it.

Lady Hope said...

what an adventure Girl ;p

But you must be careful with these A$$******

Ha Ha Ha Ha

KnoxBlox said...

Greetings from Madison, Wisconsin!

Good for you...nobody should have to put up with that crap. Good luck on your book opportunity - you've a great talent with storytelling, and it's nice to get a new perspective of everyday life in a different city. I'll keep reading and enjoying!

R2K said...

Lol I love the hookers :)

I know ive myself been drunk in NY cabs a few times, but I never caused any problems.

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Maria said...

You are one tough woman! I admire you for that!

As a kid, I dream of living in NY... I now live in LA and your blog is the closest thing to fulfillng my dream...

I love your blog! When is the book coming out?

miZ said...

Glad you got a picture of the drunk a-hole. Maybe someone who knows him will read this and clue him in that his pic is advertising him as the dick that he is on your blog.

Anonymous said...

He looks like an angry little pig. Good for you, taking his little pig face and posting it for the world to see. I hate those kind of people.

miZ said...

Oh, and note to Dana - Travis Bickle is the name of Robert De Niro's character in the movie Taxi Driver. He is quoting the movie.

Dr. Cribbit said...

I hope you didn't get into trouble because if the first guy. I hope he reads this and becomes ashamed with himself. He damn well better be...

epitaphforacentaur said...

be careful out there...
i don't trust these yahoos, psychos and idiots (hell, you'd think they were from jersey).

i can't believe someone reading new york hack doesn't know who travis bickle is?? you, our dear host, are the anti-travis bickle!

btw-(a friend and i have been using that "and put some pussy on that too" line from a previous post ad nauseum - too funny)(and congrats again on the book deal!!!!)

Baj said...

lol the dude looks like my co-worker....

stephanie_in_mass said...

Hey the next time you come across assholes like that slam on the gas and stop real fast and watch them slam into that plastic window in the back...that would have been awesome LOL!!!

Dana said...

Thanks Miz! I was getting all defense for our friend :)

Emilian said...

Great site, be careful!

jMon said...

Melissa, I'd rather see a picture of the hookers, okay? ;-)

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for some time now, and I just wanted to say- keep on kicking ass. Everytime I hail a cab, I get someone boring. -_-

Cathay said...

People think that when they pay for services, they can bloody do whatever.

sookie said...

nice of you to take the cruise into the deeper parts, been stranded in Brooklyn before trying to get to a party about 20 blocks away but no one would take us.

hamish said...

Take care NY Hack.
Steer clear of angry drunks!!

lena said...

wow - props to you for dealing with all the crappy drunk people! Luv your blog, BYW - just stumbled upon it! I'm in Cali, but totally love the NY scene!
Good luck with your book!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog.

RogueDeathangel said...

just found his blog, its really well written.
i've been to NYC a couple of times, love the place. i really wanna go there to study after i finish my course here in bonnie glasgow, scotland.
keep up the good blog and take it easy, new york taxi drivers are the best in the world, imo!

Anonymous said...

Awesome Blog. Love reading these stories at work

Logan the critic said...

Huh seems your on the ass end of a ass filled job. I don't know what is with people who think they can do what ever the hell they want.

arcticnyx said...

Aaa! That is the best response ever to being called a cunt!
Great!
Stay safe.

alex said...

awsome site, just found it but will be adding to my weekly reading, so i will represent all the kiwi's and say keep up the good work. all the way from New Zealand. thanks for a great site

Marc Ponomareff said...

A fine picture of a chav. Illuminated in all of his scowling, monkeysome glory, no less. In the late hours these specimens won't part with their lit cigarettes for "nothin', mate." Will often end sentences, even when given directions after asking for them, with the phrase "C'marn, then, yar farkin' cunt."

Once their dander's up, they usually kick the shit out of the person who riled them; I think your flash may have blinded and confused him, thus facilitating your timely escape.

BAF said...

Another great realtime scribe. What a T.....T that guy was -mind you we have a few here in Auckland (NZ) - I spoke to a TV journalist here last week and said get yourself to NY and take a 'ride on the wild side'with NYH in her yelo cab (with camera of course) - Was told it would have to have a kiwi connection - I said it does'I saw it and told you'Keep up the great blog - be careful though.

east village idiot said...

That's one hell of a night New York Hack. I know what you mean about assholes...on the weekends the worst of the bridge and tunnel people like to "party" in the east village which includes screaming, pissing and puking all over our neighborhood. But please watch out - those guys were f*cks but you don't want to get hurt!

Miguel said...

ghee... with all your experiences i'm sure you'll be able to write your second book: "Drunks and Hookers" by
New York Hack, PhD.

Amy Jo ~ WI said...

That assholes head looks too big for his body...maybe thats why he seems to be an arrogant fuck. Fuckers...i hate people like that!

Love your blog!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate that you don't let people smoke in your cab. I now live in Canada, but when I lived in Israel I'd take frequent cab rides and the drivers would smoke, negotiate some shady deals on their cell phones and sing...it was the worst. And they wouldn't close the freaking window..even if you asked nicely.

Gah. End rant.

Your blog is great and I love it! Mazal Tov on the book deal too.

Anonymous said...

Where are the pics of the hookers??????

Tex in ....????

Anonymous said...

I KNOW THAT FUCK AND HE IS A CUNT THAT LIKES THE COMPANY OF MEN IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT

Anonymous said...

That guys mug has "needle dicked, gratefuit assed irish cocksucker" written all over it.

You know-the kind of guy whose courage is of the alcohol-fueled variety and will only bully those physically smaller than himself.

Wonder if his booze addled brain considered the fact that a two-ton Crown Vic could be a pretty nasty weapon:=)

bklyn babe said...

Ha, ha. Love the visual.

The ignorant f*ck should get a bicycle.

Your Southern Belle said...

Assholes and hookers all in one night? Sounds like an interesting night.
Since I live in Alaska anyone 21 or older can carry a concealed hand gun. Stupid law becuase there are a bunch of crazies around here but the cabbies are in good with the cops and more than one violent and angry passenger has been dropped off at the police department.

Anonymous said...

THAT used ti be my ex-boyfriend and he is a jerk he was always a bad drunk and he HAS A PREMATURE EJACULATION PROBLEM IT WOULD BE LIKE 15 SECONDS so i moved on to better men

Vin said...

I absolutely love your blog! I've always been curious about the daily lives and experiences of NYC cab drivers, and you put everything together very well. Your style of writing is superb. I hope to get you as a driver next time I'm in New York! Looking forward to your book; has it got a name yet?

Anonymous said...

Dear Melissa,

as civil litigation is much abused in this country, I fear that your putting images of people on the web, with vivid descriptions of their misbehaving, could be potentially courting disaster.

Given your fame as a blogger, someday one of these miscreants caught in living color might find himself a shyster, and try to sue you for public defamation.

Not that I want to give anyone ideas, but remember, McDonald got once sued for selling *hot* coffee.

Your blog makes great reading, and I admire your frequently tested pluck. Best of Luck to you!

Lisa said...

Hi I just found your site, and I so enjoyed reading it this morning. Great work! well written, funny stories and great pics.

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Rich said...

Wow. It sounds like you really know how to handle these idiots, but what happens if they get violent?

R2K said...

HEh will 5 d cell mag :)

I like it. Me personally, I would carry a glock.

Get these snakes off my plane

Shwagon said...

Yeah... people are assholes and when they get drunk they can become violent assholes. get yourself an ASP or a can of OC spray.

Anonymous said...

I'd have run this fuck over.

Stephania said...

I too just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. I'm a NYC enthusiasts and this gives a great perspective of the New York I know..but other who do not live here wouldn't know. Brava!! I've linked you as my "Best NYC cabbie Blog".

Frozen Jap said...

what a fantastic blog - a great read and it's been saved to my ''favourites''. I LUV NY CITY (although I've never been) I want to visit the Daktoa Building it looks cool as f**k.


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Frozen Jap said...

I mean the DAKOTA building, oops!!!

Jane Doe said...

All you had to say was "Williamsburg" and I knew this girlyman wouldn't have the cojones to do anything violent. Williamsburg is now where the effete mama's boys and daddy's girls are a plague of cockroaches on the borough of Brooklyn. Asshole to normal person ratio is about 5 to 1 these days. Unfortunately, like the bird flu, the invasion is creeping east, they are now starting to pop up in Bushwick. God help us.

Love your site.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to open up a can of whup-ass on this jabroni.

tineke said...

wicked site!

i always wondering about the life of a cabbie - i bet you see a lot of fun things and a lot of shitty things all at the same time.

your humour is fantastic and makes me want to read it all!

i love the pictures! it really is the best revenge! and we all benefit by getting to read about your (mis)adventures! much more exiting than my daily life...

blog on!

Frozen Jap said...

How many fares do you get go past the Dakota?

C. Nicholas Walker said...

I just found this blog, mainly because it's on the "Blogs of Note." You've got a GREAT gimmick for a blog and now have what seems yet another passionate reader.

Sorry to blow the perverbial smoke up your ass, but I wanted to say it. I hope my blog hits your level one day, but visit anytime you'd like.

You're awesome...great stories.

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marinez said...

We don´t have a girl taxi driver in Buenos aires, I belive, but it sure would be much more dangerous than smoke in the cab.
I found your blogg. You´r an excellent story teller of the everyday life. You know, nothing happens in real life...and you tell us in a way that one wont to read it.
Stay safe.

smoking mercedes owner said...

Funny stuff.

marinez said...

I have been reading your blog for two weeks. One thing I asked myself, what would you do if asshole became violent. Do you have anything to protect yourself.
Reading your blog make me feel I´m en NY again.-- Would you take me to the Metropolitan?...
When is your book coming out?

AS we say, be "re-safe".

Hillary For President said...

LOL. YOU NAILED IT WITH THAT POST.

BEST ONE I'VE SEEN YET.

RIGHT ON.

Fact is, gotta watch for violence. Gotta keep a pillbox or something. Dunno. Good thing you are friends with police.


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Anonymous said...

Everyone is so much older than me! Is there anyone my age at all?

glim1951 said...

What a great site, well written.
I get to NYC once a month.I drive a tour bus out of Ontario and I love driving around NYC and laughing at the cab and regular traffic.This blog has given me an idea for my own blog.
Keep up the great writing !

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Ardnetih said...

Very interesting. The writing had a flow to it. It kept me hooked till the end even though a lot was written.
Keep up the good work and be safe.

Anonymous said...

why do so many commentors feel they know so much. this place is a haven for those who know it all. Alright hack, you don't need to worry about the pictures, this is totally free reign, they are pictures in a public space, and issued in a public forum. there is no profit gained from the photographs, and you are not mis-representing the subjects in your photographs.
I also wish these comentors would stop worrying so much. look people-step outside and take a walk. stop watching tv, and make america beautiful. stop living in fear people.

MR NEMO OF PONTYPRIDD said...

I hate tossers like that - I had one in my cab the other night and when I told him to put his cig out he stubbed it out in my upholstery - hey man, it's a brand new car and so I smacked him one. Right square on the nose and the guiy even had the cheek to bleed over my seats.
Sheesh!!!!

Anonymous said...

你寫得很棒,計程車司機也是一個危險的工作,要注意自己的安全. 加油哦!!

Madeleine said...

I Have just found this blog too. Hello from Galicia, Spain. I can´t believe you have more than a hundred comments in each text... I mean wuauh! COngratulations, really interesting blog!

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Christopher Choo said...

I am going to visit New York soon , it is very good that reading your blog, which get me to know this city from a different point of view . I wish I have chance to seat in your cab ... but how many famale taxi drivers in New York ????

elle said...

you took the photo while he was outside the car. you're fine.

BBC said...

Never any dull times in the big city is there? I wish they had hookers here.

Maureen McHugh said...

One of the advantages to being a writer. When someone is an idiot, you get to make America aware. He can tell all three of his friends what he thinks of you. You've got 104 comments. And since the ratio of lurkers to commenters is at least ten to one, that means a lot of people think he's a jerk.

Writing well is the best revenge.

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SuperAmanda said...

This blog kills wankers dead.

SlickChick's Hit List said...

My only rule in life that I never break is: "just dont be an asshole" glad to see you put a face to the assholes of the world... great site... well done!

Whozfan said...

Have you ever considered working in the gaming industry? Sounds like you are good with people and that would be a more controlled environment. You'ld make a good dealer. Good day!

Whozfan said...

Have you ever considered working in the gaming industry? You are good with people and it would be a much safer envoronment for ya. You"ld be a great dealer. Good day!

Karim said...

just passing through...nice blog, and I am sorry that you had to deal those losers.

~*~ D ~*~ said...

I love your blog, yours is a daily stop for me. I think it's great you got that guys face on the blog, great revenge!

Are you allowed to carry any kind of protection? Mace? You are much braver than I am, I'd probably wet myself..but then again I do live in Texas...people carry guns here so confrontation is dangerous~

Crissy said...

You must have some thick skin, to deal with the 220"s all the time...I would've maced him!

I just came back from NYC and I thought the cab rides were the best part of our trip!

Wish the Seattle cabbies were as fun!

Matthijs said...

Some people have the intelligence of a cockroach, what an assholes. I always say never trust people that have almost no lips (see picture).

BTW: love your blog, makes me want to go back to NYC!

greetz from Amsterdam, Holland

ANDY said...

wow...you've really showed him. more human beings like you less like this assholes.

i know this blog such a few days..but it's amazing! i'M from germany, blackforest, and 15 years but when i'm reading your articles, i just feel like being in NY.

ANDY

redhed5 said...

stay safe..always!!
congrats on your book deal.
i can't wait to read it.

~Deb said...

Thanks for the ride! You forgot to mention that you gave us your business card. ;) We'll be in touch.

Anonymous said...

Hi from New Orleans,
I like reading your stories, it is a nice relief from what we are doing at home
PP

Sarah said...

Well...some people. I used to wait tables and I got so sick of customers thinking that they ran the show...um NO!

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Rob said...

I was recently in New York for a school trip. See my blog (just started, so not much there ):).

http://rob-year.blogspot.com/

:)

Izzy said...

Must admit, you're one of my favourite blogs. Your observations of the people you encounter on a day to day basis and how you capture the essence of the world around you is entertaining and a pleasure to read.

Keep it up

scooter said...

you just plain kick ass...

nuff said.

stupid people piss me off as well

Anonymous said...

Ewww!! Please get rid of that assholes picture...

Who Else But Me? said...

I just happened to stumble upon your blog, and I must say I love it. The whole idea of you blogging about your cab driving stories and posting the pictures along side, is totally unique and fun. Keep blogging!

trouble kd said...

i thought taxi drivers were the crazy 1s until i read your blog. ouch.

Academic Deano said...

Only in America when something can be cleared up with a few heated words or a punchup would someone suggest using a Magnum.

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kmh said...

I really enjoy reading your enteries. I'm going to be catching up on your other posts for the next couple of days. You should publish your writing. Peace.

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Juliana said...

I really love your blog! You have so many great pictures!!! I'll be here soon again!!!

Serial_Butcher said...

I find your blog really cool!
I think i'm going to visit it once a while caus' I love NewYork, I go there once a year and reading you give me the impression to be there...

But, if I might say so, be carefull with those asshole drunk caus you never know if they have a knife or a gun....

Take Care!

Chris said...

Just came across your blog. Very good reading and really like your writing style. Looking forward to the book.

Now I have another blog to read and keep up on!

G-Lock said...

Yeah, seriously, grab the mace!

Loopy said...

Wow I could never put up with people like that. I love these stories and your writing is so awesome. I found this blog the other day and read through the whole thing in one sitting.

sugiero said...

He looks like one too...

Congrats for your book!!

Best regards,

sugiero

aby said...

Hi.
I just found your Blog, and I like reading it already. Keep posting the interesting stories...

Anonymous said...

Yes this guy's a pig, but I'm tired of looking at him. How about a new post? I do appreciate your blog very much, Thanks

Anonymous said...

I'm a newbie cab driver in South Carolina who recently stumbled across your bloag. All I can say is that I absolutely love it! For comparison's sake do you have to lease rthe cab there or do you get meter split? We pay $69/day for leasing which includes taking the car home and we buy our own fuel. The cab co takes care of insurance and repairs. What is the going rate there? County council sets the rates here which are $2/mile with a $1.60 drop charge in the city and or $5 drop charge in the county, $20 flat rate to the airport. -- Driver 12

culturedrone said...

hey man this is a GREAT blog--what a good idea to post your experiences driving a cab in NYC. congrats on your book deal as well. i found a link to this blog on the site of another new yorker (engine engine #9 is the blog name) and i'm glad i did. just wanted to say so. one question: it must be scary sometimes when you are confrunted with "assholes" while driving. do you carry any pepper spray or something for protection?

Alan said...

I'm a photographer.
I'm italian.
I'm a 'voyager'.

But you...M.P. are GREAT!

lastlifeinmyuniverse said...

haha nice comeback !

Mary said...

Always entertaining and educational. Love the writing. Thank you.

SonicWorx said...

This is the best blog ever!

NY'er said...

Time for a reality check--

You wrote that two *YOUNG AND PRETTY* streetwalkers by Queens Plaza were picked up by someone driving a Mercedes?!!

Something is wrong with this picture. Very few, if any, streetwalkers are pretty much less young. Well-told story though--with a good, snappy ending.

Why don't you write about amorous couples in the back of your cab? Now that would be an entertaining story.

tyka82 said...

wow.
you got 140 comments?! for a single post? well, but your story are interesting indeed. two blogs of Indonesian people, that I know got so many comments:
1. Ex Miss Indonesia who now work in Parliament and date a very handsome Indonesian actor
2. An Indonesian who ever become the cover of SPanish Playboy.
*grin*

I'm not a smoker, but I let people to smoke near me whenever they want.
I'm from Indonesia, by the way. And your blog, definitely goin to be one of my fave to keep on readin! bravo!

http://summer82.blogspot.com/

UNSURE said...

Red necks live everywhere. The city tries to swallow them up, but it doesn't work.

Matt said...

It amuses me how you didn't know those two were hookers. You can never be too sure. Sometimes, the darndest people are hookers.

Pamela said...

The fact that you get to put the guy's face on your blog so we can see what he looks like is a great addition to your story. Love it. I came across your blog quite by accident and have enjoyed reading about your adventures in NYC.

Congrats on your book deal!

Pamela Troeppl
Columnist and Author
www.pamela-troeppl.com

Imagesmith said...

Ya gotta come the great state of WV & drive a cab, I think you'd find it is heaven when compared to raw apple.

EverJack1 said...

Lol..... Sometimes, those 'pretty' hookers are trannys who may look like women, but usually don't quite sound like them.....

EverJack1

El Mas Chingón said...
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El Mas Chingón said...

Wow. You definitely have a dangerous job. I stumbled onto this site by chance and I like your blog.

Congrats on the book deal, NYH. Keep your posts coming and stay safe out there.

Jen said...

I think I missed the point, because all I could think was, "Wow! A cabbie who actually knows where "Grand and Graham" is in Brooklyn." I live near there, and it's a tough one to get across sometimes. "No, Graham like the cracker!" :) Seriously, I'm enjoying your writing, your perspective and wit, and I'm looking forward to the book. Take care!

Bro said...

Your post reminded me of my days as a cabbie in Sydney. It was before it was illegal to smoke in cabs and I was a non smoker so did not enjoy the close confines of THEIR smoke plus the smell fares who would follow.

This night this guy got in with his wife. I could hear the opening of the matchbox (told you it was a long time ago) at fifty paces and I asked if he could wait until they got to their destination (not far) until they lit up.

The man was okay with this. His wife not. So she lit up three cigarettes at once and proceeded to draw on them and puff smoke into my face.

Yes what to do. I figured my night was ruined and I would need to go shower and get some eye drops. So I drove them to a police station BEYOND their destination -- so they would have to get another taxi back -- parked and went inside the police station and (it was not illegal to smoke but one could make a reasonable request -- eg no vomiting and no sex) told the police I had passengers who were not complying with my reasonable request. The police got them out of my cab.

I drove home.
Bronwyn

Gee I can still smell the smoke.

Chuck said...

seems the posts are coming fewer and far between, spending more time on the book i suppose, it would be nice to come by and stop seeing the same asshole's face, keep on bloggin' check out www.chuckslodown.blogspot.com and take care.

Anonymous said...

"they said, 'Oh, near the train.' Which made me think maybe they weren't hookers. Maybe they just needed to go somewhere on the subway"

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If they had to go somewhere on the subway, they would have boarded the subway-train from Jackson Heights itself ;)

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Canton, Ohio. Love your blog, read it daily - sorry you did not run over the ass-hole!!
Has any one identified the idiot yet?? Wishing you safe travels!

Anonymous said...

hookers indeed

Anonymous said...

Hello from Key West, Fl where obnoxious drunks flood the streets and outnumber the sober working folks: & hookers, transexuals and divas abound - love the blog - hate the guy- if he showed up here someone would kick the shit out of him !!

Daniel said...

that's good stuff

mayorbloomberg said...

I think you should allow smoking in your cab. I always ask if it's okay, and I'd say 4 out of 5 times the cabby says it's cool. Usually he'll just roll down the windows (and, often, puff one himself). Within 5 seconds of the cigs being tossed out, the car smells fine.

If anyone ever complains about a very slight lingering remnant of cigarette smoke, you should tell them to take their fragile nasal passages elswhere.

Anonymous said...

You idiot, there is something called an anti-smoking law and they don't want the risk of getting fined either. If passengers can't help themselves from sucking Nicotine for a few minutes, they shouldn't be taking a taxi.

Thinking Fool said...

"The girls had walked up to the crosswalk and were just sort of standing there when a nice Mercedes sedan pulled up next to them. A short discussion took place through the window, then both girls got in the car and rode away.

I guess they were hookers after all."


Maybe they were on a scavenger hunt and had to get a ride in a Benz.

Anonymous said...

fool your a scavenger

Anonymous said...

i can believe you cussed those guys at 1am -- thats dangerous!

but they sound like punks -- classic.

Get a gun.

IM me your cell - so i can text you - i can send them free now at

http://www.Buddytext.com

you know who (can you say - YAAAAA!) ;)

aMoLk said...

I am usually polite enough to ask the cab driver before smoking in the cab.
Me and my friend used to live in Long Island City and we're both Indians.

Hey, the 2 guys in the blog could've been us. Well, its just a thought anyway.

Its a small world.

BTW, Nice Post!

Eugene Weixel said...

Talk about cajones! It takes courage to drive a cab and especially at night. You know that not only might these jerks have done you harm, they might have dragged you into TLC court. Your blog is a service to cabbies for helping educate members of the public.

phthaloblu said...

Great comeback and good for you for sticking up for yourself. I, myself, might have lost control and driven over their worthless carcasses. Some people are just miserable and they're not happy unless they've made everyone around them miserable. NYC rocks! Love it, miss it.