taxi

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)

Bicyclist collides with taxi near Fisherman’s Wharf

A taxi struck and seriously injured a bicyclist near San Francisco's Fisherman's…

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)
San Francisco is promoting instability by allowing its flawed “S” medallion program to continue. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s medallion program and the damage done

I reported to work on April 1 to find that my assigned…

San Francisco is promoting instability by allowing its flawed “S” medallion program to continue. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
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)
The massive influx of visitors in San Francisco has wreaked havoc on the streets in the form of increased traffic, road closures and unexpected protests. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Battles on the streets before the Big Game

Last weekend, the No. 1 topic of conversation in my cab was…

The massive influx of visitors in San Francisco has wreaked havoc on the streets in the form of increased traffic, road closures and unexpected protests. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)

Uber isn’t to blame for Yellow Cab bankruptcy

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

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)
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)

Armed suspects flee Union Square robbery in taxi

A 22-year-old man was forced to withdraw cash from an ATM in…

(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)