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I think I hate San Francisco.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by lefty, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. imatlas

    imatlas Well-Known Member

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    I'm a frequent taxi rider and have no complaints. The only time I remember struggling to get a cab was after a concert. I take a cab to the airport every other week or so and the cab is usually at my door in 5 to 10 minutes. The medallion system is fucked, as is the airport, but on the whole I don't feel a need to switch to Uber or Lyft.
     
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  2. Hayward

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    Do you live west or east of Divis?

    Anyways, I will never be sympathetic to cab companies. I've dealt with Nate Dwiri, et al in too many situations. I witnessed the emotional destruction of someone who the mayor of the day tasked with simply keeping things above board, and she was treated as if she was turning everything upside down. The commission fired her and the mayor rehired her and they still wouldn't take the hint. The regulating commission is completely captured by the cab companies and medallion owners. They pretty much destroyed her civil service career. Yes she made mistakes which they took advantage of, but the point remains.

    Ask yourself why Town Taxi is still in business. One of their drivers raped and murdered a young woman fare a few years ago. The guy was the nephew of Town Taxi's owner, which is why he was never properly vetted. Guy cops insanity plea and the case is never heard of again. Now you tell me why everyone whines over the supposed liability issues of car services.

    Taxi regulation in the city is a complete shit show. I'll tell the time of day to John Whitehurst et al but not their clients. The bile and intimidation come solely from them. To an extent the culture is due to the low margin, cut throat nature of the business. Employers are swine to drivers, so drivers take it out on passengers. This is why I make the stripper comparison; from the gate fee on down the financial model of being an employed taxi driver is quite similar to that of a stripper, though they are generally far less easy on the eyes.

    So yes, I'll keep using Uber despite surge pricing and the supposed "risks." At least they come when I call, and they generally know where I want to go, and even when they don't, they'll get me there anyways.
     
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  3. sugarbutch

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    I have no sympathy for the cab companies, but I do want some regulation of the upstarts. Regular inspection of vehicles, background checks of drivers, etc. Nothing burdensome, and not suggesting a cap on the number of them.
     
  4. Hayward

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    That's a perfectly reasonable expectation until you understand that regulation of cabs is facile at best. Imagine what would happen if Ed Lee imposed NYC type regulation by fiat. You try to get some industries to catch up on current permits as it is they scream "racist" and then call their favorite Supervisor and reporter.

    I'm not confident that Uber's business model scales, either. But it seems to work here as it is.
     
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    A friend of a friend says he actually interacted with this woman, and she was blind drunk. She'd left her purse unattended, and he suggested to her that it wasn't such a good idea to do so.
     
  7. Hayward

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    Oh dear. Such hothouse flowers, these new folks.
     
  8. imatlas

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    She was in the Lower Haight. She got rolled. Next?

    Reminds me of the time my friend started charging people a cover to get into the Toronado. He looked like a bouncer, so people just handed over $5 until we made him stop and buy us a round with the proceeds.
     
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  9. Hayward

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    God, I should try that.
     
  10. imatlas

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    It helps if you're built like a linebacker and are wearing a spiked leather jacket.
     
  11. Hayward

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    This is insane.

    So I'm taking the 49 tonight after Plenary. I get on, it's hella crowded and there are two dirtbags in the back tearing up the laminated windows. 300lb Driver stops bus, gets out, walks to the back door, gets in, tells dirtbags off and ejects them from vehicle. Bus continues up Van Ness.

    BUT WAIT.

    Across the aisle is sitting some jackass who is, for lack of a better description, stimulating himself in his seat. His fly is open, and he is using a fanny pack to camouflage his activity, and it's bouncing up and down.

    Mind you, the bus is crowded. Some poor guy is sitting next to him while he's doing this. The sideways wheel well bench is right in front of him, and it's full. And I and several other folks are standing around him, and we can all see what he is doing. Every now and then he's flashing us.

    Because it's so crowded, we all basically try to ignore him, apart from the teens who are snickering hysterically.

    Once we pass Bush street or so the bus thins out a bit and the whacker moves back to the back seat - next to a woman - and starts whacking himself again.

    So I decide to play white knight and head up to the driver, past the front half of the bus which is still crowded. Mid-crawl I'm called out by a colleague, and all I can do is look at her with my mouth open, point to the front of the bus, and keep going.

    After climbing over a stroller, I reach the front of the bus, where the driver is giving directions to another passenger. So, I have to interrupt and say, louder than I intended, "Driver, sorry, but there's a dude playing with himself in the back."

    Driver stops bus, we get out, go back in the back door, and driver bounces chili-peeler off the bus.

    Back to normal. I head back to my colleague and explain what happened. She's in her 70's, and was nonplussed.

    Should I crosspost this the the transit thread?
     
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    Quote: Definitely.
     
  14. sugarbutch

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  15. Hayward

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    Alameda is a strange place.
     
  16. sugarbutch

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    Her mix of stereotypically black patois and California-isms was amusing to me.
     
  17. troika

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    What I imagine happened

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  18. sugarbutch

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    Nah, man. That motherfucker Putin chased me out. Took all my shit, too. I miss that little giraffe like a motherfucker...
     
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  19. lefty

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    Net, no net?

    Quote: Last year was a record: 46 people plunged to their deaths from the majestic orange bridge. Bridge workers stopped 118 others.

    lefty
     
  20. itsstillmatt

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    Why, exactly, do we want to prevent suicides?
     
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