Great stories from the back and front of a taxi cab
Breaking news: Townsville cab driver Mike Caldwell 68, drove a naked man 1500km to Tennant Creek and let his passenger do all the talking?
Hang on a second, does that surprise anyone else? No - not the naked part - the passenger talking bit. Every cab I have ever caught the cabbie has talked my ear off. It’s incredible how much information a person can pack into fifteen minutes while driving on Sydney roads. Double that when there’s traffic, of course.
That’s not a criticism by the way.If you’re going to be stuck in a small vehicle with a stranger, why not be entertained? And cabbies have some of the best stories, especially the ones about how they ended up behind the wheel.
All that has set us off in search of some wacky cab stories, and you can check them out below. But what about you, can any of your experiences rival these?
A tale of holiday survival, from our own Tory Shepherd:
We left early one morning to get from Bali across to Lombok and over to the Gili Islands. We just jumped in the first cab that came along; it looked blue-ish, and the blue ones are meant to be the best. Friendly guy. High as a kite. Doof doof. Made it clear straight away I would have to hold the door closed myself. With no seatbelt on. Ah well, part of the adventure, right? On Indonesian roads you need to make a lot of noise, make yourself seen, so horns are used more often than brakes. Driver was cruising through plenty of traffic, beeping people out of the way. Then we realised not only did his doors not close, his horn didn’t work. For our benefit alone he was saying ‘beep, beep’, everytime he swerved around another vehicle. Beep beep. He almost had us fooled. Then his masterful use of the gears made it clear the brakes didn’t work either, at which point we opted to get out and hail another car.
Late for the wedding in New York City
If it were not for one taxi driver a few months ago I would not be married. You see, my wedding was scheduled for high noon, and the limo service we had hand picked for reliability was not coming through. While waiting at the church, I got word that my bride to be was stranded because the limo was a no show. However, within a few minutes a taxi pulled up and out came the smiling, beautiful bride to be. In her eyes no limo compared. As I found out later, the cabbie saw her on the curb, stopped and asked if he could help. Excited that he was heading to a wedding, he quickly threw on a tie (why he had one in the cab is mystery), and sped off to the church. He could not have been more helpful and excited. In fact the pictures taken of my wife exiting the taxi, with him helping her to the curb, are the highlights off our wedding photos.
And a surprise delivery in a London cab…
I didn’t deliver the baby. The girl did it nearly all by herself in the back seat. I picked her up off the Moss estate to take her to the hospital. She was doing the moaning of a woman in labour, but her boyfriend kept saying, “You’ve got an hour, you’re all right.” I said, “You haven’t, she’s having a baby.” So I parked round the back of the doctors’ surgery in town, and we got the doctors to come out - we had a big audience by now - but by the time they came out, she’d had it. I remember saying, “I didn’t think it would come that quick.” She was taken to hospital with her boyfriend, and the doctors went back inside, and I was left with the mess to clean up. Luckily most of it happened on a towel. It could have been much worse. I was chuffed afterwards. I got myself on telly - on the morning news, and at dinnertime on ITV and BBC. It was an experience, without a doubt. You see it on television in America and you think, will it happen to you? And it happened.
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