We once overheard the prime minister of Guinea-Bissau trying to convince the Archduke of Etobicoke that Milli Vanilli had, in fact, lip-synched their biggest hits. That argument is still going to this day.
Where I hailed him: East Village
Where he hails from: Upstate
Years as a cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Student
I was driving these two actors once, and they were rehearsing a scene that was an argument. They'd be fighting and every so often one would say, "No, the line is, 'Fuck you, you piece of shit,' and really scream out 'fuck.'" They kept going back and forth like that. It was great. Hey, sorry for cussing. Do you swear? [Reporter: Sure] Yeah? Let me hear you say "fuck that shit." [Fuck that shit.] There you go! These days, you've got to make sure first.
Where I hailed him: LES
Where he hails from: Bangladesh
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Deli guy
I don't like fighting at all. I try not to listen. No one can make a good argument, everyone just yells. These two people were fighting in my cab about a cat, the guy wanted to put the cat to sleep and the girl wanted to pay to fix it. It was very sad.
Where I hailed him: Port Authority
Where he hails from: Sudan
Years as a cabbie: 10
Previous profession: Computer programmer
I don't know. The only thing I remember is one time two people were arguing about their shower. One person said that if you only have the hot water faucet on, and then you turn it higher, it makes the water hotter. The other person said that it just makes the spray stronger. He was like, "hot is hot." The only reason I remember it is because they got me involved and asked me to settle it. I said I didn't know. In my bathroom there's just one knob and you point it to the temperature you want.
Where I hailed him: Union Square
Where he hails from: Detroit
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Gym teacher
Just the other day, a man and a woman got in, and they were fighting because she found a bra in his apartment. He was like, "I have no idea whose that is," and she says, "It was in your closet!" He then says something like, "Whenever women leave anything at my place I just throw it all in a bag because I don't want them thinking they can just come back. So if you were looking for your panties there and found someone else's bra, that just means they never came back for it. It's probably been there for years." That just makes her madder and she starts threatening to jump out of the cab. I'm like, "Let me know before you do that so I can pull over."