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Cabbie Returns $187K, Gets Meager Reward

Fare left inheritance in Boston taxi

(Newser) - A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police say. Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday. "... More »

Spooky Tale in Japan: 'Ghost' Taxi Passengers Near Tsunami

Taxi drivers swear they had eerie encounters

(Newser) - When a Japanese college student started corresponding with taxi drivers in Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture for her senior sociology thesis, some became irritated, while others pretended they didn't hear her, Asahi Shimbun reports. But seven out of 100 drivers actually answered Yuka Kudo's odd question—"Did you... More »

Escapees Fought About Killing Cabbie: Sheriff

California prison inmates allegedly drove him up to San Jose

(Newser) - Three fugitives who broke out of a California jail in January—and were captured about a week later —apparently kidnapped a taxi driver and got in a physical fight about whether to kill him. That's one claim authorities made today about the remarkably complex breakout, the AP reports.... More »

Cab Passenger Rants About ISIS, Attacks Driver

'He came out of the house carrying a rifle in his hand'

(Newser) - Around 1am on Thanksgiving day, a Pittsburgh taxi driver picked up a man outside Rivers Casino—and ended up in a hospital bed after a possible hate crime. The passenger was talkative: "He started the conversation and began to ask questions like, ‘You seem to be like a... More »

Cabbie Refuses to Pick Up Black Exec, She Fights Back

Baqir Raza is ordered to pay $25K in fines

(Newser) - For Cynthia Jordan, a 57-year-old vice president at a stock transfer firm in New York, it was just another day when a taxi driver refused to let her, a black woman, ride. Except Jordan was with her two daughters on Oct. 19, 2013, and when she saw the look on... More »

Guy's 300-Mile Cab Ride to See Fiancee Doesn't End Well

It might've been sweet if he had the $749 fare

(Newser) - Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare. Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. But... More »

John Nash Wasn't Supposed to Be in Cab That Crashed

The couple's travel arrangements had changed

(Newser) - Renowned mathematician John Nash and his wife, Alicia, weren't supposed to be in the cab that crashed into a guardrail on the NJ Turnpike on Saturday, killing the couple , according to the New York Post : Their flight from Norway to Newark Airport got in five hours ahead of schedule,... More »

San Diego Cabbies: Body Odor Test Stinks

Taxi drivers take issue with 'dehumanizing' practice at airport

(Newser) - Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. For years, inspectors with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority have run down their checklist for each cabbie—proof of insurance, functioning windshield... More »

Cab Driver Dies in Freak Accident With Own SUV

It rolled backward on him; bystander jumped in empty vehicle to stop it

(Newser) - A livery driver was killed in New York City yesterday in a bizarre accident. The 58-year-old double-parked his Ford Expedition and was opening the door for his fare when he realized the SUV was rolling backward, reports the New York Daily News . The driver jumped back in partway and tried... More »

How a NYC Cabbie Evaded $28K in Tolls

Police say he was a skilled tailgater

(Newser) - How would a cabbie manage to cross the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York City more than 3,000 times without paying a dime in tolls? Pretty easily, it turns out. Police say Rodolfo Sanchez figured out that if he tailgated the law-abiding, toll-paying car ahead of him closely... More »

DC Councilwoman: Taxi Kinda Kidnapped My Daughter

Bizarre tale as council reviews taxis that violate rule requiring card swiper

(Newser) - It's always annoying when a cab won't take your credit card, and it's even more annoying when that leads to them locking you in the cab and driving off. That's what allegedly happened to the daughter of DC council member Mary Cheh, the lawmaker said during... More »

Found in Back of Vegas Cab: $300K in Cash

And cabbie turns it in

(Newser) - Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat. But this stash turned out to be cold hard cash. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Gamboa was making a pickup Monday at the Bellagio when a hotel doorman noticed the brown paper... More »

New York's Oldest Taxi Driver Dies at 94

Johnnie 'Spider' Footman had been driving cabs about 70 years

(Newser) - Johnnie Footman has collected his last fare. Footman, the oldest cab driver in New York, died this week, age 94, reports the New York Times . "He was here Monday and he died Tuesday," says an owner of the 55 Stan cab depot in Queens where Footman worked. According... More »

Norwegian PM Goes Undercover as Taxi Driver

Jens Stoltenberg says it's the 'one place people really say what they think'

(Newser) - Norway's prime minister has come up with a novel new way to poll his constituents: going undercover as a taxi driver. For one day in June, Jens Stoltenberg dressed in an Oslo taxi driver uniform, got in a cab, and started picking up unsuspecting passengers. "It is important... More »

American Killed in Fight Over $1.60 Taxi Fare

Bangkok cabbie pulls machete after expat refuses to pay

(Newser) - One man is dead and another could face a death sentence after a dispute over a $1.60 taxi fare in Bangkok. Police say a taxi driver has confessed to killing American expat Troy Pilkington with a machete after he accused him of rigging his meter, threw a cup of... More »

Vegas Taxis Bilked Passengers Out of $15M

Tourists routinely taken on the scenic route, audit finds

(Newser) - Visitors to Vegas might expect the odds to be stacked against them in casinos, but a Clark County audit shows that taxis are also taking them for more of a ride than they bargained for. Cabbies bilked their passengers out of an extra $14.8 million last year by engaging... More »

Boston Cabbies Must Pay Bribes to Drive

'Globe' investigation finds that drivers have to shell out cash to get keys

(Newser) - If you hail a taxi in Boston, your wallet is going to take a hit, and now the Boston Globe explains part of the reason why: Drivers have to pay bribes and all kinds of other hidden expenses to fleet owners if they want the privilege of driving. No payout,... More »

Cabbie Returns Passenger's $222K

Vegas gambler pays him $2,000

(Newser) - Say you find $222,000 in your cab. What do you do? You get it back to the passenger who left it, right? That's what cabbie Adam Woldemariam did when he found a laptop case stuffed with the cash in his taxi last month. Woldemariam, 42, described as a... More »

London Cabbies Sitting Out Olympics

Some 40% of drivers to strike over city rules

(Newser) - London is planning travel restrictions for some 109 miles of its streets during the Olympics; a third of that distance will be reserved for athletes, members of the press, and officials. London cabbies aren't happy about it: Some 40% of the city's 23,200 black-cab drivers plan to... More »

The Weirdest St. Paddy's Customs

Including a 32-mile walk and the world's shortest parade

(Newser) - St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about beer drinking and snake exterminating: there are a wealth of other odd traditions surrounding the holiday. AOL News reports on a few:
  • For 35 years now, a Toronto man has walked to a town 32 miles away for a drink, honoring a
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