So, you get into a NYC cab…. drive along for a little bit… and realize the driver is playing a CD of some speech. You listen in, and hear phrases like, “Al Queda is performing the work of Allah” and “It is the duty of all Muslims to spread Sharia around the globe”.
What to do… what to do…? You could jump out and run for dear life, but that could be risky, depending on your current traffic position. You could ride to your destination, pay for the service, and not leave a tip.
You could also send a complaint to the taxi commission, describing your discomfort in having to listen to this hate speech while traveling in the city victimized by the 911 hijackers. This last option was chosen by a particular customer, who writes to Atlas of the response received from the commission:
Got an email from NYC 311 regarding a complaint I filed about a taxi driver. It reads, “While we understand that you had a negative experience with one of our licensees, we cannot at this time file charges in relation to your complaint. The conduct you described does not constitute a violation of TLC rules.”
This is in reference to a complaint I filed about a driver who was playing a sermon by an Imam while he drove me to my destination that said the following: “Al Queda is performing the work of Allah” and “It is the duty of all Muslims to spread Sharia around the globe”…
Apparently, listening to hate-speech that is clearly meant to incite violence and praises Al Queda in a city where they took down three buildings and killed thousands of people while he has a fare in the cab is not in violation of any TLC rules… Maybe they should revise their rules…
Hmm…. ‘jumping out and running for dear life’ starts to look more and more promising….!!