Kelly Dessaint

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…

Even if Karl gets in the way, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is a must for San Francisco tourists. (Courtesy photo)
Don’t be the passenger who trusts GPS over a seasoned San Francisco cab driver. (Courtesy photo)

The passenger is always right

The shortest distance between the DJ club and your apartment is a…

Don’t be the passenger who trusts GPS over a seasoned San Francisco cab driver. (Courtesy photo)
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)
Intoxicated customers can be a double-edged sword. (Courtesy photo)

A good night in a taxi comes at a price

"You know it’s a slow night,” Juneaux once joked, “when you’re hoping…

Intoxicated customers can be a double-edged sword. (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)
Sometimes you need to dole out some street justice — even in line at the cabstand. (Courtesy photo)

What makes a cab driver a jerk?

Colin has a long list of rules for the proper driving of…

Sometimes you need to dole out some street justice — even in line at the cabstand. (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)
(AP Photo/John McConnico)

A fool’s money is not long in his pockets

It’s only 10 p.m., but when the guy wearing a green suit…

(AP Photo/John McConnico)
If you can’t get a fare home safe, you’re not much of a cab driver. (Courtesy photo)

What’s in a passenger?

Not much is happening. Just a boring Thursday night. I pull up…

If you can’t get a fare home safe, you’re not much of a cab driver. (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)
Driving for a living in San Francisco is risky business, and it’s no easy task navigating the streets without cutting a few corners. (Courtesy photo)

A hard lesson learned in the fast lane

Well, they finally got me. After a solid year of driving a…

Driving for a living in San Francisco is risky business, and it’s no easy task navigating the streets without cutting a few corners. (Courtesy photo)
Even if a pickup location is out of the way, many taxi drivers will still take a fare due to the decreasing number of calls for service. (Courtesy photo)

Magnificent Meg and the dispatcher

There are days when L-I-F-E gets in the way of driving a…

Even if a pickup location is out of the way, many taxi drivers will still take a fare due to the decreasing number of calls for service. (Courtesy photo)
Whether you're using a smartphone app or a traditional meter, it's totally unacceptable to swoop another person's taxi. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Following the night, for better or worse

All good rides are alike, but each shitty ride is shitty in…

Whether you're using a smartphone app or a traditional meter, it's totally unacceptable to swoop another person's taxi. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Yellow Cab declared bankruptcy recently, and while the techies see that as a victory for market disruption, concertgoers might see it differently when they can't find their ride. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

All the young passengers

The kids were out in full force this weekend, despite the downpours…

Yellow Cab declared bankruptcy recently, and while the techies see that as a victory for market disruption, concertgoers might see it differently when they can't find their ride. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Driving a taxi in The City opens up one’s

Late-night adventures in an imbibing city

You know it’s a slow night when you decide to hit up…

Driving a taxi in The City opens up one’s
Forcing a cab driver to slow down or slsam on his breaks is a sure-fire way to create a new enemy on the streets. (Courtesy Photo)

The taxi you yield to may be your own

I’m heading west on Sutter with a fare, bobbing and weaving to…

Forcing a cab driver to slow down or slsam on his breaks is a sure-fire way to create a new enemy on the streets. (Courtesy Photo)