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Old September 18 2013, 11:39 AM   #31
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

Back. And don't talk to me.
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Old September 18 2013, 12:30 PM   #32
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

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Back. And don't talk to me.
That must make determing where you want to go and charging you tricky...
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Old September 18 2013, 01:01 PM   #33
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^Vulcan mind meld (though that one's a bit tricky from the backseat, too, unless you have extremely flexible wrists)
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Old September 18 2013, 01:05 PM   #34
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

Back.
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Old September 18 2013, 01:56 PM   #35
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Back. And don't talk to me.
That must make determing where you want to go and charging you tricky...
I can talk to them, I can also read the meter.

I don't mean it literally anyway, I just hate those forced discussions that neither of you really care about, but both feel obliged to engage in. I just want to look out of the window and have my thoughts.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:31 PM   #36
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Yeah I know what you mean. It's a bit like being at the barbers in that respect.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:55 PM   #37
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

As with the other Australians I sit in the front. I don't like the back seat in any vehicle and always prefer to be in the front passengers. The last time I was overseas and caught a cab I asked the driver whether to sit in the back or front.

Recently the news here has been around the idea of "pink taxis" specifically to transport women late at night due to a number of assaults on women (I think mostly intoxicated women) by cab drivers in the last few years. By recently, I mean a recent push, I'm sure I remember this issue coming up a year or two ago as well.
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Old September 18 2013, 05:17 PM   #38
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I prefer to assume that sitting in the front implies a certain familiarity with the driver. If I sit up front in a strange taxi next to a strange driver, I'm imposing familiarity on him, that I have no right to do. Sitting in the back is where I consider it normal for a customer to sit, because I don't know the driver.
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Old September 18 2013, 08:51 PM   #39
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I've taken cabs in NYC, New Haven, Providence, Boston and Dallas. Only once, when I was with my entire family (5 of us), do I recall my father having to sit up front while us girls crammed into the back. As I generally was alone, and am a woman, and the cabbies I've dealt with can't drive for beans, I felt much safer behind the glass in the back seat. That said, I prefer subways, trains, light rail, buses and trollies when possible.
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Old September 18 2013, 10:10 PM   #40
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^ The cabbies you've dealt with can't drive for beans? Well I hope not. They should be driving for passengers.
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Old September 18 2013, 10:44 PM   #41
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

Back sit is the norm here in Italy.

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Many Australians sit in the front seat but that might be a cultural thing.
It seems so.
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Old September 19 2013, 02:06 AM   #42
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I've taken cabs in NYC, New Haven, Providence, Boston and Dallas. Only once, when I was with my entire family (5 of us), do I recall my father having to sit up front while us girls crammed into the back. As I generally was alone, and am a woman, and the cabbies I've dealt with can't drive for beans, I felt much safer behind the glass in the back seat. That said, I prefer subways, trains, light rail, buses and trollies when possible.
Heh. Take a cab in Cairo. Or Mumbai. They make NYC cabbies appear downright cautious!
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Old September 19 2013, 06:24 AM   #43
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Take a cab in Cairo. Or Mumbai. They make NYC cabbies appear downright cautious!
Where do you think those NYC cabbies come from?
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Old September 19 2013, 10:58 PM   #44
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Take a cab in Cairo. Or Mumbai. They make NYC cabbies appear downright cautious!
Where do you think those NYC cabbies come from?
Touche.
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Old September 20 2013, 10:30 PM   #45
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

Back. I used to be a prolific taxi passenger and I've only been in the front a few times in a cab full of other people. On a single occasion several years ago I sat in the front at the driver's invitation.
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