Cabbie Rage: Ugly Exchange Between Fare, Driver Caught On Video

Man Says He Just Wanted A Ride, But Instead Man Behind Wheel Had Other Ideas

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yellow cabs are supposed to take you wherever you want to go in the five boroughs, day or night.

But in the case you’re about to see, when a passenger asked to go from Manhattan to Brooklyn, things got ugly — and it was all caught on camera, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

If a cab driver has ever refused to take you to where you wanted to go odds are your story is not as crazy as this one.

The young man who made the video said he was on the Lower East Side on Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. when a cab driver refused to take him to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Things got nasty in a hurry. The video appears to show the driver attempting to throw a punch.

Guzman talked to the young man, but he was nervous about going on camera. However, Taxi & Limousine Commission Deputy Commissioner Ashwini Chhabra confirmed his people are investigating his complaint.

“We have received a complaint. It was made via the Web, We received the complaint this morning and we are investigating,” Chhabra said.

New Yorkers knew what the young man went been through.

“Any true New Yorkers knows you have to get in the cab first before you tell them where you are going,” one man said.

“It’s gotten to the point where I just jump in as fast as I can because I think that the car driver, taxi driver is going to turn me down,” another man said.

One cab driver told Guzman they make money at times like the evening rush and they don’t want to leave Midtown. The trick, as the driver put it, is to hit your off-duty light before someone gets in the cab.

“There are all kinds of tricks and work-arounds to our rules. Something like that, we would investigate that,” Chhabra said.

The TLC is trying to locate the driver on the video. It wants to hear his version of it.

The TLC said if you can, file a complaint online and even have a hearing over the phone.

Has something like this ever happened to you? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Hawk

    Find the reasons for refusals. Don’t just pass empty comments. The passengers and TLC knows the facts as well (cheap fare, high gas price, no fare from brooklyn, bronx and queens and many more to list here). Talk reality as its harsh….

  • brook lyn

    its not about the black n white its all about the time n money … plus black take you to bronx n brooklyn n never tip u n most of the time they just run away .. haha

  • Bell Toller

    The passenger has no right videotaping the driver. This is a violation of the privacy act.

    Also maybe the passenger made racial ephithets at the driver.

    • NewYorker

      Ha! You can videotape anyone, anywhere in public. He has no expectation of privacy. Exactly what ‘Privacy Act’ do you think you’re refering to?

    • brooklynite

      What “privacy act”? Have you ever been in a cab or car service? Half of them have cameras in there already to videotape YOU. Also, “maybe” he made racial comments? Do you have ANY proof of this? No? Ok, so “maybe” you molest children. You can’t just make stuff up, and say it “maybe” happened. The fact is cab drivers here do this stuff all the time. Sheez…

  • sally rogers

    Take a livery. They are greatful for the fare and the ride is more comfortable than a yellow.

  • POV

    While in a cab in Manhattan, the little tv in the back seat showed a notice that it was a rule for cabbies to take passengers where they wanted or face a fine. Were they told this? Wouldn’t it simply be easier to hire a car service?

  • Raissa Castillo

    I don’t take yellow cabs because they refuse to take me to Queens from Manhattan. I never sit down then tell them. I will tell them Queens and they would leave me.

    • the rudedude

      You must be a Samuel L Jackson

  • Steve

    This has happened to me several times. I live in The Bronx, and I have been refused service to the Bronx , before I even get in, so like many others, I open the door and jump right in. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what happens and it’s even worse if you are Latino or Black. You shouldn’t have to argue your way into a cab.

    • brooklyn

      It’s definitely worse if you’re black. But the interesting part is that all the cab drivers who refuse to take blacks to their neighborhoods are also either black, Latino, or Arab.

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