I’m slowly developing a phobia for mid-afternoon taxi drivers. I’m not sure if they’re all absolute twats, or if its just me. Can’t possibly be me. I hope not anyhow…
Taking a cab between 3:30 and 4pm is easily the biggest pain in my relocated ass right now. My current schedule requires me to commute at this time of the day, and it very rarely goes smoothly. Taxis usually change from the day driver to the night driver around 4pm. And to do that they need to go pick up the second driver in a certain part of town. If your destination is not reasonably near that part of town then your shit outta good fortune, as I all too often am. Typically, the conversation with the driver goes something like this:
I can’t go.
I’m changing shifts.
Me: 那，你交班的话， 你干吗停车？快去交班吧，别浪费我的时间。
If you’re changing shifts, why stop the car? Go change shifts then, and stop wasting my time.
Usually I would not be so snappy, but recently it’s not unusual for this scenario to happen a few times in a row, leaving me running late as a result. But my question to all “Old China Veterans” out there is this:
Is it illegal for taxi drivers to refuse to take customers in this way? I was under the impression (from one of my old Chinese text books) that if a taxi driver refuses a customer, you should take down his car number （车号）and report him no matter how many 我们也不容易s he spits out (means “we don’t have it easy either”). I mean, that’s what Mary did in my text book. But yet when I see Chinese people being refused, they seem to accept it quite easily. So I’m left questioning as to whether or not this law really exists. Or this just another 没办法 situation, and there’s really nothing we can do about it？
I swear ta gawd I just might have to go all Taxi Driver on some of these guys myself if this keeps up…
Disclaimer: I’ve just quit smoking and I hate everyone.