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Old September 17 2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Taxi - back or front seat?

If you are catching a taxi and are the sole passenger, are you more likely to sit in the front next to the driver or would you sit in the back seat?
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Old September 17 2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I always sit in the back seat. I assume that's what you're supposed to do, unless there's so many passengers that there's only room in the front.
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Old September 17 2013, 11:56 PM   #3
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I sit in the front for two reasons a) it is easier for me to get in and out of the taxi when I have the extra leg room and b) it is easier to speak to the driver.

Many Australians sit in the front seat but that might be a cultural thing.

One driver says he often prefers it because it means he caanot be attacked from behind.
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Old September 17 2013, 11:59 PM   #4
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I've never seen a passenger in the front seat of a taxi.
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Old September 18 2013, 12:07 AM   #5
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

What's a taxi?
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Old September 18 2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I've never seen anybody sit in the front unless the back seat is full
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Old September 18 2013, 12:13 AM   #7
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

Front seat always, that way I can look him straight in the face if he thinks he can rip me off.
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Old September 18 2013, 01:06 AM   #8
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I've never even heard of sitting in the front seat of a taxi barring maybe the extreme situation where the back-seat is going to be full.
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Old September 18 2013, 01:41 AM   #9
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I used to sit in the front seat when I lived in a small town. I continued the practice when I moved to a very small city. As soon as I moved to a larger centre, I made the move to the back seat (I had been given some strange/unfriendly looks from the drivers, so I figured that sitting in the front was strictly "small town").
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Old September 18 2013, 01:51 AM   #10
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

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I've never even heard of sitting in the front seat of a taxi barring maybe the extreme situation where the back-seat is going to be full.

^This. The few times I've taken a taxi, the driver opens-- or at least unlocks-- the back door; there is no option WHERE you sit. You sit in the back, period, unless the back seats are already full.
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Old September 18 2013, 01:52 AM   #11
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I just think it'd be awkward ridding shot-gun with the cab driver. Just looking over at him like, "Sup? Wanna grab some Arby's?"
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Old September 18 2013, 01:58 AM   #12
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

I have never had a driver open a door. Occasionally they don't even get out to open the boot/trunk if the customer has something to put in it and the customer does it all themselves.

The only time I have known a cab door to be locked is one News Year Eve when I was catching a cab home from the Casino and the driver urged myself and my friends to lock our doors as we drove through the city centre. He said that if we didn't the drunks would try to climb in, as no cabbie in their right mind services the inner city on New Years Eve. He said it was the one day of the year when drivers could be as fussy as they wanted to be about who they took for fares.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:01 AM   #13
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Re: Taxi - back or front seat?

^Cabbies get robbed and killed here fairly regularly. Those doors are f***ing LOCKED. They only unlock them when you are about to get in or out.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:37 AM   #14
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^Cabbies get robbed and killed here fairly regularly. Those doors are f***ing LOCKED. They only unlock them when you are about to get in or out.

here in Ireland its the customers that get robbed by these hungry mutants.
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Old September 18 2013, 02:39 AM   #15
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^Cabbies get robbed and killed here fairly regularly. Those doors are f***ing LOCKED. They only unlock them when you are about to get in or out.

here in Ireland its the customers that get robbed by these hungry mutants.
That seems like it would be incredibly easy for the police to catch them.
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