sparky waid Taxi Driver

Sparky Waid – Taxi Driver

By / 21 Mar 2014

 

sparky-waidSparky Waid is our modern day hero in Seattle and probably across the United States of America.  I hope you folks like it and share some of his stories with your friends. I would really like to hear your experiences too. I’ve met Sparky and he’s good man, a gentleman, street smart, and brings America hope when we know that Seattle has a dark side that we tend to ignore and not discuss at the dinner table. He knows excatly what’s going on, he sees the truth about people. Whether you listen to a politician, a cop, news reporter, a criminal, a rich man or poor man -you get more facts and zeitgeist about the current world from a taxi driver than all the TV, movies, pundits, and radio stations.
“There are a lot of pleasures in driving a taxi cab , you hustle and make a honest living, you enjoy it, you have a lot friends; drivers that are your friends; you meet their friends and friends that you meet on the street. “
If you are a taxi driver during the night, you know who doesn’t belong on the streets when you’re working, you must know how to look at a person and tell if they are dangerous.  When to walk away and not pick them up.  Whether you are off duty or not, you should let your friends know why they should not pick them up. There are lots of reasons. Some times people don’t want to pay Sparky, knowing that they won’t call the police, leave the meter running till a report is filled out and then they get a ticket for defrauding a cab driver, and let them walk in the rain. Word spreads fast in the street, there are more taxi drivers out here than the bad guys, and they know some real bad guys. Thank god there aren’t too many problems, and they don’t like to be reminded, but they are always alert to the dangers of passion: hate, love, and the rush that they thrive on.
Sparky WaidAs Sparky recalled, “It was almost 5:00 a.m. when I was down by the marina, I had just dropped off a fisherman, there was light rain, a wet an dreary night and I was leaving the parking lot when I saw the three of them. I pulled over to the curb, and asked are you ok, she could only shake her head, “no”. I got out, opened the back door, she let her two kids in and she buckled them up, I opened the front door. She got in the front seat, I pulled her seat belt out for her as she snapped it into place, I got into the driver’s seat and rolled ahead  a few blocks, so I didn’t get into the bad family situation where I picked her up at. Just a minute I said as I pushed the trunk button, I need to get a book out of my trunk. When I returned I had my bible and three teddy bears, it seams like I need more and more teddy bears in these last few these days.”
teddy-bear“I asked her to please give the kids a bear and for her to keep one for her self, as I looked the number up I needed. I again ask her how can I help you? Do you want me to call the police? “No”, she said and I made the call, and moved up the street. I told her where I was going to take her, only less than five minutes ahead and at that point a woman, would take care of her and they would call the police if she needed to file any complaints, however she and the kids would be fed, and have a warm safe house to sleep in tonight.  As I pulled up people were already waiting outside for her and the two children, there was no luggage, there seldom is, just what they’re wearing.  As I stopped and opened the doors for them, the two kids jumped out and both together said, thank you taxi man for the bears, I said you are welcome, as the mom got out, with tears in her eyes, she could only give me a big hug, and a brief smile, as she and her bear got out of my cab and into the arms of waiting for love and help.”
“I pulled away, smiled, and someone else flagged me down, amazing how life goes on and on. I must remember to go by tomorrow and pick up some more bears for my bear bag I keep in the trunk with my phone address book of people I need to call for help, the bible; every driver has one or should.  There is more to life than a 911 call or getting hung up with the police.  In my world I feel that most of the drivers are real people and have compassion for people like you. And for any other drivers, you have done the same thing, many times, a phone call, a free ride, five bucks, helping people, we just never talk about it, its our thing to do, to help street people, all people.”
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  • Sparky

    June 14, 2014 at 11:59 am –

    Thank you !

Wheelchair Accessible Cabs May Increase Tips for New York Taxi Drivers

Big, fat tips are considered by the Taxi and Limousine Commission for cab drivers that are going to use wheelchair accessible cars and aid as transport service for disabled persons.

Taxi drivers who are eyeing several means to make nicer tips from their passengers could find the solution in driving wheelchair accessible cars.

Picking up disabled travelers and transporting them in wheelchair accessible cabs would mean an incentive for taxi drivers as the Taxi and Limousine Commission are considering to pay extra for such service. The commission is expected to give the approval on September 17.

The current rate for an accessible- ride dispatch is between $6 and $15. With the new dispatch program, a cab driver could earn from $10 to $30 each trip in Manhattan. This huge difference is attributed to the 30 cent surcharge mandatory for all taxi rides.

How much a driver would earn extra will depend on the distance and time when his service is sought. An automatic 50 cents is given already with all accessible taxi trips.

The TLC officials are targeting the year 2020 to have half of the 13,587 yellow cabs be wheelchair accessible. There are currently 587 cruising through town and according to the president of the United Spinal Association, James Weisman, “Anything that makes driving an accessible cab more attractive…is great for people with disabilities,”.

There’s just the problem with Uber, the taxi company who is said to be hacking away yellow cabs. Taxi medallion sales for yellow cabs could be facing difficulty as the company resists having wheelchair- friendly cars. It instead promotes wheelchair- accessible green cabs for disabled passengers using their UberWAV app.

Nonetheless, earning extra could mean a lot for most yellow cab drivers. This solution in the horizon will make a huge deal not only for taxi drivers but especially for the disabled members of the community.

More insights and tips for taxi cab drivers may be found on Taxi Cab Tips (www.taxicabs.com).

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yo-taxi.com sparky waid new web site!

Hi everyone!

Welcome hacks~

Welcome all taxicab drivers, for hire, independent contractors, lease operator’s and limousine transportation providers and owners worldwide around the globe

It has been a long long week~

I just had a class in wordpress and I have my books all open so we will see~

Any one lqqking for me now that I think I have a handle on things a bit can find me at:

yo-taxi.com  This is my only web site and you can enter my facebook or G+ from that site or search

sparkywaid@gmail.com This is my business e-mail for yo-tax.com

sparkywaid@aol.com  This is my personal e-mail

These are the 5 major sources, but I am in a lot of SO sites floating around lqqking for fares.

Lqqk soon, next 30 days most likely,  for our new book: Out the Chute coming out!

 

New York Taxi Driver Tried to Abduct Me……

EXCLUSIVE: ‘New York taxi driver tried to abduct me – and I feared being trafficked for sex until I jumped out of car’: Woman’s dramatic claims of kidnap on 2am journey home sparks internet debate

  • Yinan Xia has posted a lengthy Facebook account saying that journey home from Manhattan to Jersey City turned into nightmare 
  • She writes that she is suffering from severe mental trauma after taxi driver went miles off route while she sat in the back in ‘terror’
  • Told of jumping from moving cab at toll plaza and running towards female worker who said: ‘It’s going to be okay, I’ll take care of you.’
  • Account shared more than 8,000 times has raised series of questions – including why she did not initially mention that she had been drinking
  • But Xia, who is a volunteer counselor for domestic violence victims accused critics of ‘victim blaming’ and stood by her version of events
Dramatic account: Yinan Xia has written about how she feared being abducted - and how she escaped by jumping from a moving cab at a toll plaza

Dramatic account: Yinan Xia has written about how she feared being abducted – and how she escaped by jumping from a moving cab at a toll plaza

A young woman has sparked a debate on social media after claiming that a New York City taxi driver tried to abduct her and turn her into a sex slave.

Yinan Xia said that she became terrified she was being abducted when the driver sped off onto a highway in New Jersey instead of taking her straight home.

The volunteer domestic abuse counselor jumped out at a toll booth and ran to police before posting an account of her ordeal on Facebook, which has now gone viral.

In her post she included the route that the driver took and revealed she is suffering from severe mental trauma.

The post sparked a mixed reaction on Facebook and while some praised her bravery others said that it was ‘suspect’.

In response Miss Xia posted a robust defense in which she said attacked the ‘victim shaming and blaming’.

She also said had drunk two vodka and oranges and that her usual limit was eight or nine cocktails – but denied alcohol had anything to do with what happened.

Her account has now been shared more than 8,000 times.

Recounting her story Miss Xia, who works for the New York Asian Women’s Center, which advises victims of abuse and violence, said that she and a friend got into the taxi over the weekend after working at a fundraising event.

They dropped the friend off at 2am and the driver offered to take her to her home in Jersey City for $40, so she agreed and he turned off the meter.

But Miss Xia became anxious when the driver began to ask her personal questions and turned around in his seat and told her she looked pretty.

Key detail: This is the map which Yinan Xia shared to show the difference between what she said was her intended destination - Jersey City, NJ - and where she left the cab- right beside Newark Liberty Airport

Key detail: This is the map which Yinan Xia shared to show the difference between what she said was her intended destination – Jersey City, NJ – and where she left the cab- right beside Newark Liberty Airport

Posting: This is the beginning of the post which has been shared thousands of times. The full post is reproduced below

Posting: This is the beginning of the post which has been shared thousands of times. The full post is reproduced below

Working: Yinan Xia says she was working at a 'tasting event' before the ordeal, and initially did not mention that she had been drinking. She later said she had two cocktails and was not impaired; her usual limit is eight or nine she wrote

Working: Yinan Xia says she was working at a ‘tasting event’ before the ordeal, and initially did not mention that she had been drinking. She later said she had two cocktails and was not impaired; her usual limit is eight or nine she wrote

She wrote: ‘When we passed through the tunnel, his car began to speed up in a westward direction (I lived right by the water south of the tunnel).

‘I asked him numerous times to make a left and head south, he insisted he knew where we were going.

‘I watched in terror as my GPS showed our location from one highway to another highway with hardly any cars on the road and further away from my intended destination.

‘I called my friend who I just dropped off earlier about what was happening, and proceeded to take screen captures documenting my route after failed attempts to stop the car or change directions’.

Miss Xia said that the driver began to shout at her and told her she didn’t know where she was going and that she should ‘just shut up’.

She wrote: ‘My instincts told me that I needed to regain control of my own environment.

‘The longer I stayed submissive and in the car, the more dangerous and further away I will be from help. I needed to be brave, just like how brave our survivors were to leave their abusers’.

Miss Xia wrote that she opened the door of the moving taxi as it reached a toll booth at the EZ toll pass on I-78.

She wrote that the driver slowed down she jumped out and ran to a female toll booth employee who kept her away from the taxi driver, who was ordering her to get back inside and claiming that she was trying to evade the fare.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265214/New-York-taxi-driver-tried-abduct-feared-trafficked-sex-jumped-car-Woman-s-dramatic-claims-kidnap-2am-journey-home-sparks-internet-debate.html#ixzz3oBrjRflG
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