Are there etiquette rules for hailing a taxi?
One lady seems to think so.
Yesterday morning I rolled my wheelie bag to Columbus Avenue and stood mid-block, because taxis can get ticketed for picking up fares in the crosswalk.
At the corner two woman were also hailing taxis — in the crosswalk — but it’s not unusual to be one of many vying for a cab on the same spot in New York City.
After I had assumed the position — luggage in front of me, arm outstretched — one of the woman started yelling at me for “getting in front of her in line.”
Taxis in Manhattan are plentiful, and I could already see about six of them with their lights on headed our way.
I chose to ignore the yelling at first, but she decided to walk over and confront me.
“Excuse me,” she said with quite a bit of ‘tude. “You just walked in front of me.”
“Taxis can get tickets for picking up people in the crosswalk,” I said calmly. “I simply moved down.”
“You moved ahead of me,” she repeated, hands on her hips.
I just turned away and continued to signal for the cab. It was a moot point as far as I was concerned.
“And me, eight months pregnant — nice,” she huffed, and walked way.
Now, I hadn’t really paid attention to her in the first place, and I certainly hadn’t noticed she was pregnant under her heavy winter coat. But I don’t think that knowledge would have changed my behavior….or should have.
Nobody made her get pregnant. And nobody made her stand in the crosswalk.
Everybody makes their own choices.
Some…are simply poor ones.