Not a cabbie? Why not? :)

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Why I would not want to be a cabbie

  1. Low pay

    13 vote(s)
    41.9%
  2. Don't like driving/traffic/amateur drivers

    10 vote(s)
    32.3%
  3. Smell of drunks and/or drunks vomiting in car

    21 vote(s)
    67.7%
  4. Runners (fare-evaders)

    18 vote(s)
    58.1%
  5. Verbal abuse

    17 vote(s)
    54.8%
  6. Robbed and/or bashed

    23 vote(s)
    74.2%
  7. Killed

    20 vote(s)
    64.5%
  8. Not being able to say "Are you talking to me?" that many times... ;)

    9 vote(s)
    29.0%
  9. All the opportunities to tell people about :Fish:

    1 vote(s)
    3.2%
  10. Something else that Pete the cabbie knows nothing about... ;)

    4 vote(s)
    12.9%
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  1. Pete

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    Before the board change the Would you if you could? poll had a question about what you would not want to be. "Taxi driver" was out in front of the pack.

    So the 13 years worth of cabbie experience in me wonders why no-one else wants my job :smilewinkgrin:
     
  2. Gina B

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    You have to ask why someone would want to smell the half-digested regurgitations of another human or want to clean it up, or why they wouldn't enjoy being robbed or injured to the point of death?

    Have all the fumes finally gotten to ya Pete?
     
  3. Pete

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    Gina, yeah, all the fun stuff.....who would want to miss any of that?!?! :confused: :D
     
  4. Alcott

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    Based on your experience as a cab driver, from a random sample of 100 passengers, how many...

    are drunk?
    demand the impossible [like make a 10-mile run in 5 minutes]?
    accuse you of cheating or stupidity?
    count the fare out to the penny [don't tip]?
    bolt away without paying?
    try to rob you at gun or knife point? [make this one out of 1000 if more applicable]
     
  5. Pete

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    Alcott makes me think again :( ;)

    Hard to pick it out of 100. After midnight on Friday & Saturday night shifts 80-90% of the fares would be drunk. But then you get into the subsets of drunks: Happy, loud, quiet, aggressive, slurring, sleeping, you name it. I just do the Tuesday & Wednesday night shifts now, and usually go home early (midnight) so don't get as many "interesting" people as I used to. Maybe only 1-2 jobs a night out of 10-20 (if that). Although a couple of weeks ago there was a big night in the pubs and clubs so I stayed out and picked a few up.

    The impossible is VERY rare. The Friday and Saturday night crowd like to ask for a burnout. Not very often I give them one though.

    When I realise half way through a fare that there could have been a better way of doing it I tell the passengers I'm stupid before they call me a cheat, saves trouble.

    Tipping isn't a part of the culture in Oz. On a good night I can get up to $20ish, but most of the time it's around $5.

    "Runners" (fare-evaders) are part of the game, but (no pun intended) I've had a pretty good run. Maybe 20-30 or so in the 13 years I've been in the game.

    No one has ever tried to rob me. Look at my profile pic and you'll see why ;) One fare said a few years ago "It's funny, it seems the later in the night I get in the cab the bigger the drivers are" :D
     
  6. mcdirector

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    Well gee Pete! And here I was having my annual struggle with continuing to teach! Guess I'll have a go at it one more year!
     
  7. Pete

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    mcdirector, teaching & driving a cab are almost the same thing.....only difference is teachers have more monsters but the cabbies' monsters are bigger :eek: :laugh: :smilewinkgrin:
     
  8. Salty

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    cutomers complain too much
     
  9. SaggyWoman

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    To each his own.

    The job I am in now, I have some taste of all of the above, and I am no cabbie.
     
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    My main reasons for not even considering that job were my hatred for driving and my great ability for getting lost. :laugh: I lived in the same small city (50,000-60,000 people) for over 50 years and still got lost.
     
  11. David Michael Harris

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    Traffic. I have seen London. But if the meter is running. :)
     
  12. Salty

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    I will leave my Americian Express card home, before I forget my map prior to getting in my taxi! :thumbsup:
     
  13. dcorbett

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    same here. Same people, different day.
     
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    :tear:Well, here in NZ you can get murdered for a lousy $20.00.....pretty pathetic leaving a widow and 2 littlies.....I can really burned up about stuff like this...the loser who murdered this poor guy was probably hanging out for another drug hit or somesuch so he could feel like a man rather than the pathetic low life that he is:BangHead:
     
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    There was a programme in the UK the other night about the dangers that taxi drivers face, quite a few of those interviewed had been attacked viciously or robbed. It's not a job I would want.
     
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    Anyone can drive a wee little car. 44 passengers at a time anyone?
     
  17. Johnv

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    I would not want to be a cabbie simply because God didn't call me to be one. If God called me to be a cabbie, I'd be one.
     
  18. Salty

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    God sent me a note to inform you that he is calling you to be a cabbie (we have a very strong union!) :laugh:

    Welcome to the meter box! :wavey:

    Salty
     
  19. David Michael Harris

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    What did He call you to John?
     
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    He called me to be an IT specialist. I'm perfectly happy there. Others would find it tedious and uninteresting. Also, the job allows me freedom to teach music at a local Christian school a few times a week. Not, THAT is somethiing I find incredibly rewarding, but I never saw myself doing that as a living. So I've got the best of both worlds career-wise.
     

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