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  • Seal Team Six Taxi Driving

    08/09/2017 5:02:24 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies
    Taxicabdepressions ^ | 14JUL14 | Editorial staff
    I picked up a guy a week or two ago who was in his mid 30s that looked a little scruffy, covered in tats and a very wild and woolly beard. He wanted to go to a low-budget, no-name, mom-and-pop motel a few miles away. He looked a little sketchy, but I noticed that he had the eagle and anchor Marine Corps emblem tattooed on his forearm, and I said, “Marine Corps, huh?”He said, “Yes Sir, two tours in Afghanistan.” As I have said before, I always thank a member of our military whenever I encounter them, and I...
  • Uber adds option to tip drivers as it heads in new direction

    06/20/2017 12:25:41 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/20/17 | AP Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart. Besides the built-in tipping option announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money in other ways too.
  • Ride-hailing companies will grow eightfold by 2030, dwarfing the taxi industry: Goldman Sachs

    05/25/2017 7:44:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 65 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 May 2017 | Anita Balakrishnan
    Ride-hailing will grow eightfold by then and could be five times the size of the taxi market, justifying the giant valuations, the report said. At $68 billion and $50 billion, respectively, Uber and Didi are the two most highly valued venture-backed companies, according to data firm CB Insights. Central to the growth of this industry, according to Goldman Sachs, is the proliferation of self-driving cars.
  • Woman charged with rape of male taxi driver

    04/15/2017 5:10:37 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 26 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 12 APRIL 2017 9:28AM | Adam Boult
    A 23-year-old woman from Ohio is facing charges of rape and aggravated robbery following an alleged attack on a taxi driver earlier this year. Brittany Carter is accused of performing a sex act on the driver while a male accomplice threatened him with a knife. The incident occurred in the city of Fremont.
  • Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting as management turmoil at the ride-hailing company deepens

    03/19/2017 4:28:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 62 replies
    Recode ^ | 3-19-17 | KARA SWISHER AND JOHANA BHUIYAN
    Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year. The move by the No. 2 exec, said sources, is directly related to the multiple controversies there, including explosive charges of sexism and sexual harassment. (UPDATE: Uber confirmed the departure and will be sending a statement. (UPDATE: Jones also confirmed the departure with a blistering assessment of the company. It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president...
  • 'Medallion' Bubble Burts Around The World (Taxicabs)

    02/16/2017 2:14:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-16-17 | Tyler Durden
    Sandy Spanos is only 58, but now she could lose her house and be unable to pay for treatment for her cancer, which she was diagnosed with two years ago because the reform will leave her and her husband in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. Mrs. Spanos invested in three taxi licenses so she could enter retirement comfortably with a good superannuation, but she said it has all been ripped from her. What did I do wrong? She asked news.com.au. The Victorian government wants to deregulate the taxi industry by abolishing taxi licenses and introducing a single registration...
  • The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

    12/02/2015 11:09:43 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 36 replies
    There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy's life, a gambler's life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab. What I didn't count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me of their lives. We were...
  • The hot-hot-hot pages of the 2016 NYC Taxi Drivers calendar

    11/19/2015 11:27:07 AM PST · by Talisker · 20 replies
  • Taco Bell Fires Marketing Manager Who Was Caught on Video Punching an Uber Driver

    11/03/2015 1:03:44 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 26 replies
    adweek.com ^ | November 2, 2015, 6:33 PM EST | Christopher Heine is the Digital Editor for Adweek.
    Taco Bell has fired Benjamin Golden, a senior marketing manager who was caught on video physically assaulting an Uber driver in the Los Angeles area on Oct. 30. In a three-and-a-half-minute clip—which has accrued more than 400,000 YouTube views—Golden appears to be too intoxicated to reveal his destination to his driver, Edward Caban. Caban eventually pulled over into a parking lot and told the 32-year-old marketer to get out of the car, which Golden initially refused to do before punching and slapping the driver while also grabbing his hair. Golden, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., got out of the...
  • Uber is vaporizing the taxi industry so a new startup is raising $250 million to help cabs compete

    10/26/2015 8:09:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/26/2015 | Maya Kosoff
    Uber is crushing the taxi industry that has dominated New York City and other cities for so many years. Data from the Taxi and Limousine Commission analyzed by the New York Daily News shows total trips in the first half of 2015 were down 10 percent to 77 million, compared to same period last year. Revenues from yellow cab fares have declined as well. And in July, there were 100,000 Uber trips in New York City per day, a 4x increase from last summer. It's hard for taxis to compete with Uber, the ubiquitous car-hailing service said to...
  • Uber Shows How Free Markets, Not Regulations, Protect Consumers

    09/03/2015 6:18:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/03/2015 | JOHN MERLINE
    It's no wonder cities like New York have been so hostile to Uber. As economist Mark Perry details in a post on his Carpe Diem site, the introduction of Uber and other app-based ride-sharing services has led to a collapse in the price of New York City's taxi medallions. For those who don't know, a cabbie needs one of these limited-edition medallions to operate in the city. As a result, the price for a New York taxicab medallion has been astronomical reaching more than $1 million in 2013. There's even a company, Medallion Financial, that handles loans needed to...
  • The War on Uber

    07/22/2015 5:55:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | John Stossel
    Hillary Clinton gave a speech warning that the new "sharing economy" of businesses such as the rideshare company Uber is "raising hard questions about workplace protections." Democrats hate what labor unions hate, and a taxi drivers' union hates Uber, too. Its NYC website proclaims, "Uber has the money. But we are the PEOPLE!" The taxi cartels, which provide inferior service and are micromanaged by government, don't like getting competition from efficient companies like Uber. Clinton didn't mention Uber by name, but we don't have to wonder which company she meant. The New York Times reports that Clinton contacted Uber and...
  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed

    05/24/2015 7:08:06 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 119 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 24, 2015
    US mathematician John Nash, whose life story was turned into the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, has died in a car crash, local media has reported. Nash, 86, and his wife Alicia were both killed when their taxi crashed in New Jersey, the reports said. The mathematician is renowned for his work in game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. His breakthroughs in maths - and his struggles with schizophrenia - were the focus of the film.
  • Bob Simons driver had dead arm, 9 license suspensions

    02/13/2015 5:38:54 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/13/15 | By Larry Celona, Georgett Roberts and Jamie Schram
    Bob Simons driver had dead arm, 9 license suspensions CBS newsman Bob Simons black-car driver was a rookie with nine license suspensions who is suspected of speeding during the fatal crash and had just one hand on the wheel because he had a dead left arm from a suicide attempt, sources said Thursday. Investigators believe Abdul Reshad Fedahi, a 44-year-old Afghan immigrant who lives in a homeless shelter, mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake after sideswiping a car on the West Side Highway at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, law-enforcement sources said. He hit the gas pedal instead...
  • Pictured: Cab driver who had his license suspended nine times before he crashed and killed Bob Simon

    02/12/2015 2:12:34 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2015 | Louise Boyle
    The cab driver in the crash which killed veteran CBS correspondent Bob Simon had his license suspended at least half a dozen times prior to the fatal accident, according to police sources. Reshad Abdul Fedahi, from Queens, New York, also had two previous traffic convictions, NBC reported. The license suspensions had been cleared up, authorities also said, and Mr Fedahi, 44, was driving on a probationary license. Daily Mail Online was awaiting a comment from the Taxi and Limousine Commission on the driver's previous suspensions but the agency earlier confirmed that Fedahis probationary license had been suspended pending the outcome...
  • London Taxi Chief Compares Cyclists To Islamic State Militants

    02/06/2015 3:38:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | 06 Feb 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Add this to the list of evidence about, shall we call it, the rivalry between motorists and cyclists: The head of London's taxi drivers' association has compared cyclists to members of the self-described Islamic State. Steve McNamara's comments come just days after London cleared the way for the spread of segregated bike lanes and dedicated traffic signals. "The loonies out there in the cycling world, they're almost the sort of ISIS of London," McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, told LBC Radio. "Their views and their politics if you are not with them and we...
  • Police: Man calls taxi after robbing bank

    01/22/2015 12:18:21 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    WIS-TV.com ^ | January 22, 2015
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS-TV.com) A man arrested and charged in connection with a bank robbery on Dutch Square Boulevard appeared to have just about everything with the incident planned out -- that is, except his getaway. Police say Darrell Lee Daniels, 37, walked into the Wells Fargo bank at 101 Dutch Square Boulevard shortly before noon with the intent to steal money. He allegedly passed a note to a clerk indicating that he was armed, and demanded cash.
  • Driver: The Taxi and Limousine Commission ruined my life

    11/28/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by TBP · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2014 | 10:15pm | Rebecca Harshbarger and Daniel Prendergast
    A Pennsylvania limo driver says he lost his job, and his life was destroyed, when a ruthless undercover TLC inspector pulled a sting on him and seized his employers car at JFK Airport, leaving him stranded for days. Michael Davis, 49, his wife and two young sons are now facing eviction from their Allentown, Pa., home after he was forced to fork over thousands of dollars to his former employer, who sued him for losing the town car. It messed up my life, Davis told The Post, referring to his May 14 run-in with Felicia Harper, a member of the...
  • The Knowledge, Londons Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS

    11/10/2014 4:11:45 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2014 | JODY ROSEN
    The examination to become a London cabbie is possibly the most difficult test in the world demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine citys 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself? At 10 past 6 on a January morning a couple of winters ago, a 35-year-old man named Matt McCabe stepped out of his house in the town of Kenley, England, got on his Piaggio X8 motor scooter, and started driving north. McCabes destination was Stour Road, a...
  • Friend: Andy Kaufman Is Still Alive

    09/28/2014 10:09:08 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Larry Getlen
    Friend: Andy Kaufman is still alive Could faking his own death be Andy Kaufman's biggest joke yet? In 1980, legendary comedian Andy Kaufman and his writing partner, Bob Zmuda, wrote a script for a film called “The Tony Clifton Story,” based on a character of Kaufman’s. On Page 124, there is a block of dialogue intended for Kaufman to speak as himself, informing viewers of Clifton’s demise. Among the lines: “On June 12, 1980 . . . Tony Clifton, at the age of 45, died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Hollywood, California.” Four years later, at age 35, Kaufman himself would,...