-- oddly posted by The Tennessean
as a “latest headline” when it originally ran in March -- reminds me of how much trash-talking I’ve heard about cabbies in this town. It's about how the taxi commission is complaining that Metro cabbies don’t speak English well enough or properly kowtow to drunken conventioneers and CMA sleaze from LA.
Here’s a news flash, Walter Cronkite: Taxi driving is a dangerous
, low wage
proposition. That’s why some cabbies have banded together, threatened strikes and tried to organize
. Hell, we’re lucky to have taxis at all given that there are hardly any sidewalks and the MTA keeps cutting bus service.
I know, I know. These swarthy, accented chauffeurs are all closet terrorists who will run you down
the first time you bad mouth Allah. But seriously, can you get into a drunken, early-morning argument about religion with anyone
and expect things to end well?
Every cabbie I’ve talked to — and there have been many — works 12-hour-days, pays a huge monthly nut to the cab company and can barley make ends meet. There’s a reason that newly arrived immigrants do this work: It sucks. So please, Nashville, give these guys a break already.
What do you people have against cab drivers?