yesterday, i got off from work a little after 5 pm. i didn't have a ride home so i had to take a cab. i knew cabs were not scarce in the area since it was a busy thoroughfare. but after an hour, i was still there, trying to get into one. i waited in all the strategic spots i could think of near the hospital but i still had a hard time.

i saw a lot of cabs pass me by but most of them were occupied. still, i waited patiently until at last, i saw a vacant taxi! i quickly hailed at the driver before anybody could beat me to it. it has been my routine, before entering a cab, to tell the driver my destination since i've had experiences before when rude drivers would refuse to get me to my destination because of "traffic". it turned out this driver wasn't an exception. so i waited for another taxi again.

after 4 or 5 more taxis, all refusing to bring me home, my temper was near boiling point. the cabdrivers all had excuses. one told me he was going to makati which was in the opposite direction to where i was going. 2 or 3 drivers told me it was ma-traffic. hello?! it was 5 pm! i didn't think there was a single area in metro manila where the traffic was light! and it was friday! !$@*&%

i really don't understand why there are taxi drivers who refuse to go anywhere where they think they would be caught in traffic. if they wanted to avoid getting caught in traffic, why don't they just ply the road in the wee hours of the morning. coz i'm a hundred percent sure they wouldn't be caught in heavy traffic, in any traffic! kainis!


Anonymous bugsybee said...

You know, this is one thing I hate about going to Metro Manila. It is so hard to get a taxi because the drivers choose their passengers. It really irritates me especially when I am so tired I just want to get home so I can put my feet up. Even if you want to report to the LTFRB, the rule is they wait for at least 3 complaints before they act ... IF they ever act at all. But if you asked me, one violation should be enough grounds for disenfranchisment. After all "public utility vehicles" are for service, not for profit.

Feb 18, 2006, 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger atticus said...

cool. ako kapag ayaw akong ihatid, bumababa ako tapos iniiwan kong bukas ang pinto. kapag tipong bababaan ako ng bintana para tanungin kung saan pupunta, hindi ko na sinasagot. sinisenyasan ko na lang na pass na ako. i think thrice na akong nanipa ng taxi sa galit.

Feb 19, 2006, 8:56:00 AM  
Blogger GEL said...

IT sounds frustrating for you and the driver. I don't like taxis because I feel the pressures even if the driver is a great person.
Hope you had a terrific Valentine's Day! Want to hear my voice? come to my blog :D.

Feb 19, 2006, 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Rudy man said...

o nga. why don't they just get a new job. their job is to drive along metro manila, what do they expect?

Feb 20, 2006, 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger kero said...

bugsybee: isa pang nakakainis with some drivers is when they try to give you the price and not use the meter. when they do that, i get out of the cab na.

atticus: di ko pa naman ginagawa manipa ng taxi. sinasabihan ko na lang sila ng wag na sila pumasada kase traffic sa lahat.

silvermoon: i didn't do anything on valentine's. it was just a regular day for me... hope yours was a lot better than mine =)

rudy man: ewan ko ba talaga. isa syang malaking talinghaga.

Feb 20, 2006, 8:42:00 PM  

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