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Passenger gouges SF cab driver’s eye during altercation

A passenger was apparently so unhappy with the direction his cab driver…

 

“Do you know how much money I made last year? Half a million dollars.” (Courtesy photo)

The existential financier from Madison, Wisconsin

I’m on 11th Street, waiting for the light to change at Folsom.…

 

Even if Karl gets in the way, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is a must for San Francisco tourists. (Courtesy photo)

Selling San Francisco out of the back of my taxi

"Welcome to summer in San Francisco,” I tell the two girls from…

 

When it comes to fake cash, everyone’s a phony. (Courtesy photo)

Fake $100 bill prompts violence and confusion

I don’t hear the details over the two-way radio as it unfolds,…

When it comes to fake cash, everyone’s a phony. (Courtesy photo)
Unlike Uber and Lyft, driving a taxi requires quick thinking, a sharp wit and cat-like reflexes. (Courtesy photo)

Take this app and shove it

Back in my Uber days, passengers regularly asked me if I liked…

Unlike Uber and Lyft, driving a taxi requires quick thinking, a sharp wit and cat-like reflexes. (Courtesy photo)
Cab drivers, like many other professionals, are often held to the standards of those who came before them. (Courtesy photo)

I drive a cab so you don’t have to

There are days when I don’t even want to think about driving…

Cab drivers, like many other professionals, are often held to the standards of those who came before them. (Courtesy photo)
The worst cab driver in San Francisco might be on to something the rest of us are missing. (Courtesy photo)

The worst cab driver in San Francisco

The worst cab driver in San Francisco doesn’t work the DJ clubs,…

The worst cab driver in San Francisco might be on to something the rest of us are missing. (Courtesy photo)
The rules and regulations required of taxi drivers in San Francisco are enough to inspire a revolt. (Courtesy photo)

The Rogue Cab Company of San Francisco

As rain falls hard on a humdrum night in The City, the…

The rules and regulations required of taxi drivers in San Francisco are enough to inspire a revolt. (Courtesy photo)
But part of being a cab driver is the ability to overcome obstacles, remain calm and get the job done — no matter what the night throws at you. (Courtesy photo)

Being resourceful just one part of a cab driver’s job

It’s all downhill to the National yard, I think, with relief, as…

But part of being a cab driver is the ability to overcome obstacles, remain calm and get the job done — no matter what the night throws at you. (Courtesy photo)
As the sun rises after a long night shift, San Francisco smiles upon its working stiffs. (Courtesy photo)

On the recitation of the waybill

The National barbecue is a cross between a hobo cookout and a…

As the sun rises after a long night shift, San Francisco smiles upon its working stiffs. (Courtesy photo)
Despite their expected resistance, even taxi drivers use ride-hail apps from time to time. (Courtesy photo)

One app to rule them all

Every other Thursday, before I start my shift at National, I head…

Despite their expected resistance, even taxi drivers use ride-hail apps from time to time. (Courtesy photo)

Uber isn’t to blame for Yellow Cab bankruptcy

So the biggest cab company in San Francisco has gone bankrupt. Conventional…

(Joe Manio/2003 S.F. Examiner)

A fare in the backseat is worth two on the street

“Flywheel rules!” Mark exclaims as he climbs into the backseat of my…

(Joe Manio/2003 S.F. Examiner)