Tell Us About the Drunks…

03/15/2005 2:00 PM |

St. Patrick’s Day is the official opening day for desperate "why isn’t it spring yet" drinking. Everyone’s been cooped up in their tiny, overheated apartments all winter and can’t wait to go wandering from bar to bar in celebration of warmer days ahead. Ok, who are we kidding? Everybody in this town gets drunk all the time, and cabbies end up having to deal with a lot of the results.

Jorge

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Just the other night a man gets in and he asks me to turn up the radio. Then he asks me to change the station. He doesn’t like anything. He keeps telling me to change it, change it. Then finally he gets a song that he likes and he starts dancing, jumping around the back seat, pretending that he is playing guitar and banging on the back of my seat like it is drums or something. I have to ask him to sit down, he’s jumping around so much I can’t see out the back of the car. He was very drunk.

Anand

          East VillageColombia13 Cashier

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Sometimes when they get in they are so drunk they don’t remember that they don’t have any money. Then you drive around to find them an ATM so they can take out money for their fare. Once a guy went to use the ATM after a ride and he is so drunk that he throws up on the floor by the ATM. I saw him in the window. Was better than in my car, though.

Yassin

MidtownIndia          8Shelf stocker

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ChelseaSudan

Years as a cabbie:

2

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Student

Really, I don’t have a problem. I find that people who are drinking tend to tip well. Four, maybe five people jump into the cab. Everyone is happy. Sort of like you and your friends tonight. Am I right? I never have a problem. Really! No, I’m not kidding you. [Ed. This was perhaps the most serene, even-tempered driver we’ve ever encountered.]

Franckien

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Murray Hill

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Haiti

Years as a cabbie:

10

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Factory work

A lot of the time it’ll be a couple. That’s an easy situation to control. Unless they’re real weirdos. Generally they’ll be pretty quiet, play kissy-face or whatever. And they won’t give me any trouble because they want to impress one another. I actually make some good tips off of drinkers. If it’s a single guy he’s just happy to get home. If it’s a group of kids, they’re just happy to get to the bar. No worries.

Govind

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Meatpacking District

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India

Years as a cabbie:

15

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Always a driver

I want to tell you something! They call me names. Habib! Osama! I know it will happen, but I am forced to pick them up. It is horrible. Horrible! They are horrible people. They abuse. It is not right. Not right! Not right.

Monsir

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Lower East Side

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India

Years as a cabbie:

7

Previous profession:

Student

Really, I haven’t had much trouble with the drunk people. I’ve had three guys puke in the cab. That is not fun. You have to go off duty, go to a car wash, and just clean it out. [Sounds like a lot of trouble to me] Oh yes? Well, even worse is when they don’t pay. They tell you they’ll be right back, and then they bolt. This one guy — I took him to the Bronx, he puked in the cab, and then he wouldn’t pay. I had the police chase him down, and they took the money out of his pocket for me. How hard is it to pay for your cab ride? It makes me very angry.