I worked last night as a taxi driver in San Francisco. I made a whole 23 dollars for working 12 hours. The job market is slow and not much for other choices when it comes to work.
Some of you may know, I was involved in an accident back in April 10th of last year. At the scene of the accident I was blinded and lost the feeling and functionality of my legs. They were regained within hours after the accident. However I still am faced with ongoing problems of my legs and vision. My near sighted vision has not regained all the way, and my legs sometimes have a numbness feeling and wont work.
I want to share with you the events that have happened over the course of the year and ongoing of the continual harassment that a driver in San Francisco faces without any help from the city or others.
Last night was a pretty good night. However a person left his cell phone in my cab. He called the company and then decided to email a group I belong to asking where I was at. First of all he left his phone in my cab and am I really responsible for being the brothers keeper. Some people can be really retarded.
While I drove last night I had problems with a slight pressure in my head from the accident months ago. A few times I had to stop and relax and stretch. The numbness continued in my legs for the entire night. My symptoms could have been exacerbated by the fact that I have stopped drinking soda when I work and have limited myself to juices and water.
I had a party at Mayes Last Night on the 7th of February.The Environment was wonderful, the place was clean and very nice inside. Love the art work being created during the party.The Food was great, we were served Fried Shrimp and Oysters with garlic Bread. Cudos to the chef. The Oyster Guy, Great Job and thanks again.The Service was unexplainable. The Cocktail Waitress was very rude to me and my guests. At one point several of my guests came up to tell me that she was rude to them. A couple guests told me the waitress yelled at them. The bartender actually called some of my guests semi-homeless people. We did not feel welcome in the establishment by the bartender or the waitress even from the beginning of the party. One of my guests got there about 5 minutes early and was told they knew nothing about the meet and greet. We were trying to give away door prizes and we politely asked if the music could be turned down and was told to wait a minute. After about ten minutes we figured our request had been ignored. It is very hard to recommend this place for a party. We just wanted to have a good time and enjoy the place so we could recommend to friends.The Wait Staff and Bartenders made that very difficult. Some of my guests were afraid to go up to the bar and buy a drink because they heard from others how rude the waitress and bartender are.I mentioned I was going to invite the Taxi Drivers around 9:00 p.m. and they would arrive around 9 or 10. I was told no problem. To my surprise the kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m. and they ran out of food according to the waitress. We had several drivers come in only to be disappointed by having no food.The overall experience was indifferent. I felt very bad for hosting a party at Mayes, and the guests were a little frazzled. I hope the staff does not do this to all the guests.
While I was driving last night another driver (Rob)from the same company drove up next to me at 30th and Mission and threw a bottle at my car calling me a faggot. I wish I could report these things to the company but am not allowed because I could be fired.
I asked for Mondays off so I could heal from my injuries and was told no.
Last Night while I was working and my vehicle was parked at the cab company, once again someone keyed my car. They wrote faggot in the side of my car. At least this time they did not kick in the side of my car like they did months ago. A driver who attacked me in line and I called the police was the suspect. I was told not to do a restraining order because if I did I would be out of work.
I wonder how I live in a city that is so accepting of a persons lifestyle, that events like this can continue to happen. I notified the city when the earlier events happened but did not hear back from anyone. I decided to start this blog in case something happens to me at work. I wish I could simply go to work and not have any problems.
I have been receiving text messages from a driver I worked with at the cab company. The messages are stating that he will have my A Card pulled from SFMTA. I guess this is the retaliation for writing the truth about my taxi experiences?
Gas prices on the rise, will the San Francisco Taxi Drivers get relief from the rising costs. Taxi drivers are required to pay for their own gas for the taxi they drive. We make on average about 150 a night for a 12 hour shift. The gas price increase could make it where we make less than minimum wage.
This is a very difficult morning for me. I was planning on going to two events today but when I woke up. I could not move my legs. My legs have been giving me trouble since the taxi accident I was in back on April 10th of 2010.Missing events make me very sad.