So lets flog a dead horse Cab drivers in Vancouver suck, probably some of the worst in the world but I thought i would add this anyway
I thought I would share this uplifting story of human triumph from downtown Vancouver last night 07/14/07.
Last night I headed downtown to Thurlow and Robson to pick up my girlfriend from work, she works at Joe Fortes. She was late coming out which is not uncommon for a busy restaurant on a Saturday night.
I was parked across the street in an alley waiting for her to finish up when a man in his late 40’s early 50’s stumbled around the corner. This man was well dressed clean shaven and in general good order except for the fact he was drunk to the point of being unable to stand properly.
At first I didn’t really pay any attention to him but when he tripped over nothing almost smacking his head on the pavement I decided I should probably help. I asked him if he was okay and he replied quite clearly that he was fine. I persisted and asked if he would like me to hail him a cab. He quite eagerly accepted my offer to get him a cab, so off I went to get a cab.
I hailed a total of 4 cabs, each one was quite willing to pick me up but as soon as I called this guy to get in the cabs would drive off. One cabbie actually had the balls to pick up 2 other people while I was getting this guy over to the cab I had hailed. I had a few abrupt words with the cabbie before he drove off suggesting to me that I should call an ambulance instead of a cab.
The gentleman thanked me for me efforts and stumbled off down the alley. I find this most frustrating because it is not unrealistic that this guy was going to get hurt or worse. I understand that the cabbies are worried that he will throw up or not have cash, but that’s their job!! If you are driving a cab in downtown Vancouver on Saturday night you will have to pick up drunk people. It is gestures like these which so quickly validate what Thomas Hobbes suggested about individuals wielding power; it would start a “war of every man against every man" and make life "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
And to the cabbies who may or may not be listening, and you know who you are…You can LICK ME ASS CLOWNS!!