How, oh how have we managed to survive so very, very long without video screens in the back of our taxis? What were we doing with all that time on our hands? All those under-stimulated moments when we were forced to talk with our companions or, even worse, with the cabbie? Thank god we won’t have to think about stuff anymore. Thank you advertisers, thank you Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). Thank you all.
Where I hailed him: Gramercy
Where he hails from: Ghana
Years as a cabbie: 12
Previous profession: Hospital worker
I don’t know much about it, but I don’t think it’s going to work very well. The passengers have the computer in back where we can’t see what’s happening, so they’ll mess it up. But it’s not between us — it’s between the medallion owners and the TLC
Where I hailed him: Greenpoint
Where he hails from: Bangladesh
Years as a cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Fast food worker
It’s really horrible for us because when you turn on the meter the sound and the ads on the screen start and it’s noisy and you can’t control it, only the passenger can. And it’s very expensive to install, and all the medallion owners are being forced to install them. And always with electronics the passengers can be very stupid — especially at night they get drunk and they play with the screen — pushing, pushing, pushing it — they’ll break it, and it will be very expensive to fix.
Where I hailed him: East Village
Where he hails from: Senegal
Years as a cabbie: 1
Previous profession: Parking attendant
Yeah, it’s a good idea. Wait — who has to pay for this? The medallion owners? Oh, no, it’s a bad idea then. If someone else is paying for it, why not. But if the medallion owners are paying for it then they will just pass the costs down to the drivers. So the drivers will end up paying for it. Always. .
Where I hailed him: Lower East Side
Where he hails from: Bolivia
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: N/A
It costs money, and we’ve gotta see how it comes out. I don’t know how it’s gonna be, and it’s gonna probably be bad in the beginning. But you know, everything goes bad in the beginning. It costs — I’m paying $1,500. I could get it for free, but I’d rather pay $1,500 because they said I could get advertising money. So that’s gonna be a little better. If I own it, you know, it’s mine. I don’t have to worry about nothing, no one taking money from me or nothing. A lot of people don’t like it, because you have to pay, the credit card machine, all that…