Final, final thoughts from me:
1-There's at least 1 taxi driver I read about in SF that works for Lyft on the side while he's driving his cab so he can make some extra money. Just a thought.
2-I don't get in a cab w/an attitude-that's entirely fabricated. In fact, I often greet them from the sidewalk kinda apologetically b/c I know how much (at least **here in LA**) they tend to hate short rides. I explain myself that I just can't walk far. I strive to be polite & friendly. And then-not always, but far too often-I still get treated poorly.
3-If you read all my posts honestly, they're all essentially saying the same things. I've never changed my stance. But if the way I explained the last one was helpful to you in seeing that I'm not bashing all taxi drivers, or even the general taxi services in all regions, then I'm glad.
4-I haven't taken a Lyft in SF yet so I can't speak to their expertise. But in my experience in LA (30+ lyfts), they are generally good, safe drivers. I myself tend to have a lead foot, so it's almost frustrating w/just how careful many of my lyft drivers are! To be clear, I'm saying that's a good thing for safety and laughing at myself for being impatient/a fast driver.
Some day, I hope services like Lyft & taxis coexist peacefully and that I can say my experiences with both in LA are positive.
Robert, you can create whatever baseless narrative you want. I have had good & bad taxi drivers of many different races and from many different countries-white included on both sides of that; good & bad. I have never said anything here that relates to drivers' race. The same can be said of my experience with Lyft-a fair amount of diversity there too. Less diversity in terms of their careers-more than half of the Lyft drivers here are actors and other entertainment industry workers-some would say "struggling" to pursue their dreams-using Lyft to help supplement a very tough field to make it in.
For the last time, what I've been relating here is my experience with cabs in LA. There ARE some great exceptions I've had here in terms of drivers-again regardless of race and nationality. They should all treat their customers that way: with respect, courtesy, honesty, and abiding by the law. That's part of the job! But way too often in Los Angeles, that hasn't been my experience. So I've taken my ride needs elsewhere.
I did apologize for referencing myself as an "American" or even "citizen" because that poster was right-we're all one global community & we're all human beings. I never *intended* it to be offensive towards non-citizens or anyone, but I reflected and then understood how it can be offensive & divisive rather than uniting. It was an oversight and I was wrong.
But I won't apologize for something that's not there, and I won't apologize for speaking out against or taking my money away from a system that often treats me and many others poorly for a higher price than alternatives.
Farewell. I mean that. I wish nobody here ill will & I do wish you all the best.
Calling me a bigot for words that have been put in my mouth by other commenters and their over-analyses and unfair reaches, and trying to find anything possible to invalidate my experiences as a taxi and lyft passenger is all people here continue to do to distract from the issues.
Whatever is right.
Ps-If "citizen" still isn't enough for you, let's just say human being. I honestly had no intention to insult non-citizens who live & work here. The connection I was trying to make was that of a communal one-as a nation. But really, it should be as a planet if you really want to look at it deeply. So upon further reflection, I can see how the words I used ("American" or even "citizen") could offend some. For that I do apologize.
Fastfood Delivered-Do you know how difficult parking can be in LA? Sometimes I can't even park within my short walking distance of where I'm going in certain places. And beyond that, if you're out drinking you shouldn't be driving. That's where taxis, lyfts, ubers, etc make a lot of their money and save lives.
I never said ANYTHING about cabbies' ethnicities. That came from your words & is quite uncalled for. Ridiculous. My point was that you have a disabled citizen who's being routinely mistreated. And yes, as someone who can't walk more than a few blocks & takes lots of rides, LA cabbies as a group, in my experience mistreat me and act like jerks towards me and many, many others: http://keeplalyftalive.blogspot.com/2013/0… Again, you're not showing any care about the actual issues that are facing the customers-much like the treatment I get from *most* taxi drivers when I need short rides here.
Trying to tear down an industry-give me a break. Taxies will be fine, but if they continue to in general treat customers like crap we deserve other options. For the umpteenth time, there are great exceptions, but unfortunately here they are exceptions...in LOS ANGELES. Also for the umpteenth time, I've always been talking about my experience with drivers in this city-not everywhere! Competition will hopefully force the taxi companies and drivers (the ones who are treating us poorly) to improve.
Uninsured-that's just not true. Also on the T.O.S. front, Lyft's are very similar to those of flywheel which dispatches taxis!
On me *courting* lyft-cmon man! It's so clear you are just grasping at any little threads you can. LYFT HAS MADE MY LIFE DEALING WITH A DISABILITY BETTER. END OF STORY.
And I'm sick of this stuff about stories & discussions about Lyft & the like being paid advertising-yeah it's great for them, but it's a big issue right now, so of course it's gonna get press. Of course the people working for it & we supporters of it are gonna make noise like the taxi side is gonna make noise against it.
So many of these arguments I see are just attempts to distract from anything substantial, or arguments that it hurts taxis. A service, company, or employee doesn't have the right to just do business & succeed unchallenged regardless of quality of service and value. Deal with it-it's the 21st Century, you've got innovative competition, and it's time for everyone to better their services.
Oh, and in reference to the "free-lancing for Lyft" thing, maybe someone thought that because I was on HuffPost Live Friday w/one of the Lyft co-founders and a couple journalists. I was invited by the HuffPost staff and obliged because of how much I love Lyft. I will say that coming from a journalistic education & background, one thing I *was* disappointed with was that there wasn't a cabbie or a taxi rep in on the discussion because I do value fairness in story-telling highly. It was however more of a panel discussing it from the ridesharing perspective rather than a debate. I imagine people here will trash it's value completely now, but I do my best to be honest.
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