The cab ride that restored my faith in humanity …

A photographer I know invited me to the opening reception of his exhibit last Saturday. greedBecause it was a rainy day the friend I was going with and I decided to take a taxi.

As luck would have it, part way there we drove right into a protest. There’s no way the driver could have known — there were no signs, no indication of a march and we didn’t see them approaching until we were more than half way down the street.

We all groaned, including the cabbie. My friend suggested he turn around and take another street. He said he couldn’t turn around, rightly so, because by then the protesters were upon us. “Besides,” he said, “this is the street we have to take to get there.”

And then he totally blew my mind. He said he’d shut off his meter (which he did) until the protesters passed and we were in the clear.

WTF????

No, it wasn’t an Uber. I know, everyone loves Uber. Everyone raves about Uber. Everyone takes Uber. What can I say? I do not. I don’t think it’s okay that their rates automatically “surge” when the demand for taxis is high. Can surgeons charge more money when it’s a busy day in the operating room?

Our was a regular, run of the mill Maple Leaf taxi. It was clean, it didn’t smell and the driver knew where he was going.

But most important of all, he is an honourable man — at a time when honesty, integrity, decency, principles, kindness, generosity, compassion and “honour” are in desperately short supply.

It’s not easy to make a living driving a cab, nor is it a fun way to spend eight to 10 hours a day, what with congestion, construction, detours, jaywalkers, cyclists who don’t stay in bike lanes, double-parked trucks and cars in no-stopping/no-parking zones and an endless supply of rude and cranky passengers.

Yet this man, an immigrant by the way (I say that only because of all the immigrant-bashing going on currently), deprived himself of a full fare — to which he was certainly entitled — so that we didn’t get stuck paying for getting stuck behind the United Steelworkers’ Union.

As I write this I can’t help but think of Donald Trump’s 14k faucets and the culture of greed that will destroy us if we don’t put an end to it.

In case you’re wondering, our driver got a huge (yuge) tip!

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9 thoughts on “The cab ride that restored my faith in humanity …

    • Yes, exactly. It’s just that unfortunately, it’s always the bad guys and the bad behaviour we tend to hear about.

      • Sadly, I think we have an appetite for human horror — what I’m not sure of is whether or not it’s entirely our fault, or whether the media have “trained” us to crave (demand) it by feeding it to us all the time, because it’s good for their ratings. People have always done bad things, but the news didn’t go on and on and on about it every minute of the day, 24 hours a day — we didn’t know about much of it. You know that saying, Sue — “nice guys finish last.” Well I’m beginning to think that in some ways, that’s true.

      • Partly media training, I think, Fransi. Maybe it is some remnant of t he survival instinct…wanting to know where the sabre-toothed tgers are hunting today so we can steer clear. Or maybe we have just lost something in our lives that we are trying to fill with unhealthy stuff for want ofbetter. Whatever it is, I’d like to see more good news stories.

      • So would I, Sue. And I think a great many others would as well. Maybe if we all tuned out the media would finally get the message. And maybe if all those awful people stopped getting all that attention they’d stop too. Ahhhh, a girl can dream, can’t she?

      • We can dream. I don’t do newspapers, TV or magazines any more Never listen to the news, just keep an eye on news events online. At least that way I get to choose what I read.

  1. Ah a good apple Fransi – few and far between, I’m sure he felt the better of having both of you as his fare. As for bad news V good news. The bad far outweighs the good in media land so the ball is firmly in our court – the off button is a great invention.

    • Alas you are right about bad v good. And also about the off button — i am definitely a fan of the off button 🙂

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