Who’re the Worse Fares: Men or Women?

09/13/2006 12:00 AM |

Some of them throw up, some of them don’t tip, some of them change their mind about directions, some of them fight or cuss or just generally behave badly. But who does more of it, gender-wise? The following is a highly unscientific survey that yielded no definitive answers.


ALDO
Where I hailed him:
West Village
Where he hails from: Dominican Republic
Years as a cabbie: 10
Previous profession: Restaurant worker
What kind of a question is that? Of course I prefer driving the ladies! The tips are much better. I like to talk to them: It makes them feel better. Most of the ladies are glad to have someone like me pay them a compliment. It works pretty often. Sure, there’re some women who don’t want to talk. That’s ok. I just try to be myself. They respond pretty well. And in New York, there are some beautiful women, my friend! It’s one of the best parts of my job — just to spend some time with a beautiful woman — maybe on her way to work, maybe on her way home.
   
WASEEM
Where I hailed him:
East Village
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: Student
Sometimes women can be bad, sometimes men can be bad. Usually both are good, but once in a blue moon you get someone that just ruins your night. But it can be either one. You can’t really say that one is better than the other.
   
BASHIR
Where I hailed him:
East Village
Where he hails from: Bangladesh
Years as a cabbie: 6
Previous profession: Student
It depends. Women are friendlier than men on the average. A lot of men treat me badly. They can be really mean and nasty. Women — they can be unfriendly too, but not as much. Why don’t you ask me about young and old people while we’re talking? I think young people like yourself actually tip better. They’re not as greedy. Who are better tippers between men and women? Probably men… for me at least.   
   
FUDAIL
Where I hailed him: Midtown East
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: Grocery Store Clerk
I much prefer the man. The woman… she is always not knowing the directions. Not all are like that, no. Some days I… don’t care to drive a woman. The man is not always talking on the phone.  
   
FELIX
Where I hailed him:
Murray Hill
Where he hails from: Dominican Republic
Years as a cabbie: 14
Previous profession: Record Company Employee
This isn’t for certain, but just in my experience the times that I have had a problem with a customer it has been a man. It has only been a few times that I have had a real problem with a fare, but every time it has been a man. So, for me women have been better. Though the one time I got a very big tip — a guy gave me 100 dollars once on New Year’s — that was a man. So, I don’t know.
   
ANJIT
Where I hailed him:
Midtown East
Where he hails from: India
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Grocery Store Clerk
Haha — I don’t want to say that. Both are customers. I had a woman two weeks ago who threw up in my cab. It was a Saturday night. So, that was bad. Her friend though was very nice. She gave me extra money for the cleaning. It is like everything, you have good and bad with both.