Where I hailed him: LES
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 18
Previous profession: Always a driver
This one time, I saw three boys standing in the rain in Times Square at two o'clock in the morning. I saw two cabs pass by them, and I knew they weren't going to get picked up. But I felt so bad because they were my son's age, and I could just see my son standing there. I picked them up. Sure enough, they take me to one stop in Washington Heights, and one boy gets out. Then another boy gets out at the second stop, then the third boy goes to his stop and he says, "Oh no, I don't have any money but the second one went to get the money." We wait for five minutes. Then he's like, "Oh, I'll go find him." I said, "Listen, I know by now you don't have any money, but you remind me of my son, so that's why I picked you up, I felt sorry for you. So you can do what you like, but just know that." And he said, "Uncle, I only have seven dollars." And he gave me the seven dollars. And I told him not to do that again. He said he wouldn't do it anymore, but who knows. Teenagers are teenagers.
Where I hailed him: Grand Central
Where he hails from: Brooklyn
Years as a cabbie: 12
Previous profession: Worked in a drug store
Well, don't be an idiot. Don't do anything stupid. This is a safe city now, and it's easy to stay out of trouble. It wasn't always that way; I got mugged twice as a kid. Punks. I probably didn't even have $1 on me. One time I even had to go to the police station to look at pictures to try and point out who did it.
Where I hailed him: Nolita
Where he hails from: Hong Kong
Years as a cabbie: 6
Previous profession: Restaurant owner
You know what to fight crime with? The sixth sense. Look at people, the way they talk and carry themselves. Like if a guy you've never seen before wants you to let him into your apartment building? Don't do it. Giuliani really cleaned up the city, and for that I am thankful, but things could get bad again, with so many people having lost their jobs.
Where I hailed him: Port Authority
Where he hails from: Nigeria
Years as a cabbie: 8
Previous profession: No previous profession
I've never had a problem with anything like that. Look at me, I'm pretty tough. No one wants to mess with me. I think if someone were looking to rob a cab, they'd wait for a weaker driver, to be honest. So I don't worry.