Credit card fees are cost of business for cabbies

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It is true that taxicab drivers pay for processing credit cards. Nobody likes fees, but they are a cost of doing business. The generous tips added by many San Francisco credit card users more than make up for the typical $5-$7 per day that drivers pay for processing payments.

Cab companies do not make a profit from credit card fees paid by drivers. We are required to use third-party payment services and must comply with new federal 1099-K reporting requirement for credit card transactions. Like credit card fees, taxes also are a cost of doing business. Neither is a good enough reason for cabbies to strike.

Some drivers are upset by the new requirement for electronic waybills. They are a form of computerized record-keeping that has been used without controversy for more than 10 years at Luxor Cab and Yellow Cab. They are routine aids in helping to recover lost-and-found items and to identify drivers involved in accidents or complaints. The City’s reporting requirements ask only for aggregate statistics, not for specific fare amounts.

Driver privacy is protected.

Charles Rathbone, Luxor Cab Co., San Francisco

Stimulus was little help

Your Wednesday editorial asks, “What is Obama’s plan to revive the economy? After 2½ years and spending trillions of dollars on bailout, pork-barrel stimulus schemes and potentially inflationary monetary expansion, the U.S. economy is still floundering.” The reason ought to be plain. For the most part, government spending replaces private spending.

Increased government spending can increase prosperity and jobs only if it creates more jobs than the private spending it replaces, and produces output that consumers really want. Most often the spending fails both tests. The government is a group of people spending other people’s money.

Leslie Mangus, San Francisco

Widen smoke-shop target

Why did City Attorney Dennis Herrera target only “a handful of smoke shops” in the Excelsior and Outer Mission for selling crack and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia, as reported in Wednesday’s San Francisco Examiner?

Retail sales of drug paraphernalia on Haight Street should also be addressed. A high school and a large pre-school are located nearby on Page Street near Masonic Avenue, and another public school is located nearby.

Proximity to schools should be looked at for the safety and well-being of our young people and our entire community.

Anh Le, San Francisco

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