Hailed in: Midtown
Hails from: New Jersey
The recession’s not over, what are you talking about? [Well, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, it’s been over since June, 2009.] Well, that’s bullshit. Ok, it may be, like, “technically” over, but it’s just as bad as ever. Tips still suck, my brother still can’t find a job after looking for months, and he’s a college graduate! And my family can’t afford to eat out or do anything we want because we don’t have the money.
Hailed in: Financial district
Hails from: Cote d’Ivoire
I like driving Wall Street guys because they always give me investment advice. I remember a few years ago everyone was terrified about the economy, and it’s still bad, but it doesn’t seem as bad now. The Wall Street guys aren’t as panicky, at least, but they always have a lot of money anyway. [Do they give you good investment advice?] Some try to, but I don’t really have the money to invest so I don’t bother to remember any of the advice.
Hailed in: Port Authority
Hails from: Queens
The economy’s still in the fucking toilet, man. Just garbage. It’s probably fan-fucking-tastic for all those asshole bankers who got us into this mess, but it’s still shitty for me. [Do you think the stimulus worked?] I have no clue, dude. It didn’t help me personally, but I’m sure it helped someone somewhere. All that money, it had to help someone. [Would you support a second stimulus?] Maybe. If the rich all pay for it then yeah. Build some factory in Queens and Brooklyn so all my neighbors can get jobs.
Hailed in: Prospect Park
Hails from: India
You know, I never actually felt the recession. I know people who did, who lost their jobs, but I didn’t personally. I’ve been driving this cab for five years now, and I never felt like I was going to lose it. And my wife works and her job is pretty stable as well. We’re both lucky, but if we didn’t read the papers we wouldn’t have known how bad it was for other people. I guess tips went down a little this past year, but I never had much trouble finding customers. It wasn’t so bad, really.
Hailed in: Grand Central
Hails from: Egypt
The economy is bad, but it’s always been bad for me. You don’t make a lot of money as a cab driver. You can make good tips, but since they installed the credit card machines I get paid in cash less, so I have to report more in taxes. That adds up. But even a few years ago, before the crisis happened, I was still living paycheck to paycheck. Rent is expensive, gas is expensive, food is expensive, and I want to send whatever money I have home to my family. That doesn’t leave much left for me.