Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is visiting New York City. Her hotel is in the Bronx. The Daily News reports that on Wednesday she hailed a yellow cab and asked the driver to take her to the hotel. Once the trip began, he told her that he didn’t know how to get there and kicked her out of the car. She then hailed another cab. This driver took her where she needed to go, but complained the whole time.
“I shouldn’t have to come to the Bronx,” he kept whining.
Unfortunately for these cabbies, Yulin Cruz has some influential friends, like City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who tweeted about the incident. Yulin Cruz is filing a complaint with the Taxi & Limousine Commission.
It’s illegal for cabbies to refuse a fare based on destination and against TLC regulations to be rude.
Cabbies don’t want to take people to outer boroughs because they often have to drive back to Manhattan sans passenger. But they still just got paid for a long trip, and it’s also their job to drive people places. Suck it up! Carmen Yulin Cruz will probably take an Uber next time she visits New York.
(Photo: Tristan Legros)