Scary Cab – Not so Happy Hour
Something really scary happened to me last week and I wanted to let you all know about it to keep you safe and smart when you travel late at night.
I went to happy hour with my friends and ended up taking a cab home after having a few cocktails.
When I got into the cab, I told the driver where I lived and told him to take the drive to my exit and then go west. He got to the drive and went south (the wrong direction) When I told him he was going the wrong way I got uncomfortable (I actually texted a few friends with the cab number and let them know what was going on.)
THEN THINGS GOT SCARY
He turned around at the next exit and was being a jerk when I made him turn the meter off – and even turned it back on right away before heading back in the right direction. So then he starts driving really fast going in the right direction and starts asking me weird questions like if I’m single and how much I’d been drinking. Really freaked out, I was glad that he did get off at the correct exit when we reached it.
AND THEN REALLY SCARY
A few blocks later I directed him to go left and he turned right, again going the wrong direction on a dark street – so then I asked him, if everything was ok and if he was drunk His reply was, “Why, are you scared? The last time I went the wrong way with someone it was a gay guy and I asked him if he was scared and he thought I was going to beat the crap out of him.” (he actually didn’t say “gay” but I’m not going to repeat what he said)
Ok, now I was really freaked out so I told him that I had tweeted his cab number to 3,000 people and posted a note about it to my FB profile to 2,000 people and that if anything did happen they would know where to look. – I actually didn’t do this, but TOTALLY wish I had. I then gave him money and tried to get out of the cab and the door was locked. He wouldn’t open the door so I called 911 and told them the cab number and exactly where I was and what was going on.
They asked if I needed them to send the police and I said yes, all the time repeating what they were saying to the cab driver and saying – “Are you going to let me out of the cab, our would you like the police to come?”
He opened the car and I waited for him to drive off before I walked to my house, staying on the line with 911 the whole time.
MOST IMPORTANT PART TO READ
So why am I sharing this information? Because when I told my friend about what had happened she told me that this summer a woman had been raped by a cab driver and had gotten on at Clark and Fullerton (I got in the cab at Fullerton and Lincoln) and I want you all to be safe
Here’s the story: http://bit.ly/7bMZLG
I really depend on a cab to KEEP me safe, not make me feel like I’m in danger. I always take a cab when it’s late and have them watch me go through my entry door – Every experience till now has been wonderful, so I’ll continue to do this and be smart
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
- ALWAYS make sure you know what cab number you are getting into AND the cab company (I didn’t do the later)
- Have your phone quickly accessible in case you need it
- Don’t hesitate to text friends with this information or tweet or post something on your FB profile
- MOST IMPORTANTLY – If you feel like your life is in danger, call 911. I might have waited longer than I should, but I really don’t like calling 911 because I don’t want to clog the system with an unnecessary call, but what I realize know, is that my situation wasn’t unnecessary and calling is exactly what I should have done.
- Make sure to report this to 311. They will generate a complaint and prosecute the driver. Your information will stay anonymous. People like this should not be driving a cab.
I’m not sure what have happened if I handled the situation differently, and I’m really not going to think too much about it. I did file a complaint and am pursuing it with the city.
PLEASE share these tips with your friends and stay safe!