The taxi I rode to work this morning was really crappy: old, dirty, smelly and the airconditioning didn’t work. When he pulled over maybe I should have signalled “no” and waited for a nice new one. . . but I didn’t. Instead I figured, he must be poorer than the drivers of new taxis, and has a harder time getting passengers, so it’s an altruistic thing to help him out. On the other hand, maybe that’s just rationalizing. What do you think? Do you turn down many crappy old taxis?
On a similar subject, what pisses me off is taxi drivers who post a no-smoking sticker on the window, but you get inside and it smells like an ashtray. It’s false advertising, and I always feel I should get out immediately because the driver’s a dishonest bastard. What do you do?