Sparky Waid – Taxi Driver

By Ken Fujimoto / 21 Mar 2014

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Sparky 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.

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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.”

What are lease drivers doing

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by : Sparky

Anthologized by: Sparky

Attributed to: Sparky

What are lease drivers doing?

Well I know that I will get a lot of feed back from this, and I know that the truth hurts at times. I also know that when people like me that have lived day by day; it is way hard to see the other side; but I am telling you this; stop and smell the roses!
You and I know how much a lease is per day and weekends, but lets say it $100.00 7 days a week or $700,00 per week and I don’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that that’s about $3,250.00 – per 4 week month and gas, bring it up to $4000.00. But wait that’s for a 12 hour shift, so the owner gets another $4,000.00 for the other shift. The total for the month is $8,000.00 per month. Are you taken home that kind of money come on be honest, this is almost grand theft the way I look at it. For $8000.00 per month I could work out a deal some where.
What do you think it takes to (outfit the car?) If you want to look on e-bay and or other places you will find a meter is about $225.00 new, online used, $100.00 bucks, top sign is about $100.00 and that a is nice one, The larger A frame type roof signs are about $350.00. You can get a nice sign lettering job for about $250.00 installed from any sign company, well most sign companies. So you have a smart phone get smart, perhaps you can find another driver and team up with. I see there adds in every city. Yes I know about insurance; bonding; city and state licenses; permits and police inspections and State client contracts. Did I forget any thing, yes the little problem of the medallion, well now they are falling in price fast aren’t. The $ one million dollar real deal. Well I am sure that something could be worked out between the two of you. Just my thoughts for what it is worth.
Cars online on Craigslist and other sources I use look New York and all big cities have lots of town cars for sale. They have lots of Lincolns driving past, fares won’t know that you are driving a 1999 or newer, it is all in appearance and attitude 1999 cars don’t coat much to get you going. You can get something going, talk to people, talk to the for hire owners just perhaps they want there cars out there also. If you are honest, maybe there will lease to own the car to you. Get busy people are not going to come to you, so get on the phone make some contacts, call some limo people and see what they have for sale. Call some wineries and see if they know of any limos or blacktop cars for sale good but cheap. But I know you can get a better deal that what you have going on now, trust me. Start you own company, just do it stop giving your cash away!
Let me know what you feel about your own town car service, or for Hire Company, and more money. Thank you, everyone for reading my blog. I do hope you find something useful. I hope you find the rush in driving a taxi cab as I have, I know you will learn but most have the rush. That’s why we are here, shift after shift. If I have written something that offends you, I am sorry, it is the way I feel about things. Enjoy your visit enjoy your day – enjoy life. I am trying hard to get it all that is written disjointed, jointed. I hope you make great tips on your shifts day or nights.

YO TAXI

Do you think a taxi Driver should carry a gun while he/she is on their shift?

  • Someone pulls a gun on you at 2:30 a.m. in some dark lighted street or alley and you say,
  • I will shoot him I have a gun. Well there are two sides to every story, right?

What if, just if, the person you just shot and killed did not have a gun or weapon on them. You were shaking, scared, sweating and they were faking it, is that murder? What if they did not have a gun, and took yours away and shot you, what if, tough guy.

People that are real bad people, you might not want to mess with, and unless you go to the rifle range and unless you have had a lot training and work out every day, and you can hit, fight, be at the top of your game don’t carry a weapon. The person that wants your money, wants cash to buy a fix, some crack, to pay some bills, cookies and milk what does it matter, just give them cash and, and hopefully they are gone out of your life. Look just carry the fake wallet with $ 25.00 bucks of ones in it get it? Your life is worth more than pride here. Just keep a fake wallet and $25 ones in it and give it to them, and you want to cut the bottom out 3/4 the way so you can see money in either up or upside down position save your life and save your money.

Live till the sun comes up if you are lucky.

I had a very bad problem for myself, well one of dozens, however I was packing late one night when this hack packed and if wasn’t for the grace of god and my good luck and my heavy street wise street smarts bull crap I do, It would have gotten dirty fast!

It was about 3:00 A.M. It was busy, we were hustling and the radio was chanting away, the sidewalks were hustling with people, I smelled money!

I always keep the radio low for my ears only, always alert for my car numbers. Out of the corner of my eyes at a glance I saw a shadow sort of a person, way deep down I knew better, but I live for this rush. I pulled over the guy jumped in back r/s, right side, late night, no one gets behind me nor the front, I need distant between me and my fares.

Well we had only gone about one or two blocks and there I was , I can feel it, I can smell, I just know that, look out here it comes. The hair on the back of my neck started to raise up, I dropped my left hand down to the side pocket on my Ford Crown Victory 3 year old ex-police car bought at auction and

What do taxi Cab Drivers do at Bar Rush Time,

When Bars close?

Was now the pride of the fleet? I knew that I only had maybe a block left before all hell broke lost, and it did! Very slowly I laid my AE~ 50 cal Desert Storm on my lap, just then the guy says to me, hey pull over by that corner store, I need some smokes, I eased the car over to the right, no one on this street, store was closed here it comes, I held the steering wheel with my right hand on my weapon grip, she was ready to go, so was I. Just then as he lays the barrel of a 38 on the center top back of passenger seat and turns it towards me pointing it at my head, in that second I knew he did not know weapons, I slowly eased my barrel up and talking to him telling him that I only had a little money in my wallet but I will give you that, right then he saw my gun barrel slide over the center seat as I acted like hey, here is my wallet, take my money, he was , wrong and yes it is big and large, but look around you there are big weapons on the street do you think a 22 or 38 is going to kill you, yes perhaps a 50/50 chance, but if I put a cap in you with my EA Desert Storm 50 cal. you do have a problem and I won’t.

Well any way he tells me, hey look man I don’t want any problems, I just needed a smoke, a few bucks. I say to him as I looked straight into his eyes, This is great, let’s have a smoke together, look I have this problem here, you don’t have any smokes and I can’t get to mine, let’s do this, you drop your wannabe gun over the seat, just drop it. I will relax a little and I will give you a couple smokes to go or you can stay where you are at and die in the back seat. He did the right thing that night.

It was my Friday that night, I haven’t smoked in 8 years True story~

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                        Sparky

I also want to say that you will have a gun on you when the police come, I don’t pull a weapon on people that think there tough or threaten, and I have other ways. Sometimes I would say, hey look: here the deal, I will give you my wallet, and money, but I know Jim, or any name and he is not going to like this, make sure you want to this, or leave and I won’t tell him. Two have walked away from my cab. There is a street code!

Did you realize that as fares get in your cab at the airport know, if you’re a nice person or not, so do the bad guys. I believe that cab drivers sometimes just piss people off with their bad attitudes. Sometimes thinking out loud that you are a better person than a drunk will get you in trouble. When you first sense a problem with any one stop it right there. Stop the car at the first light, right away, don’t let it keep going ask them to get out of your car say I am calling you another cab they are only a few blocks from here, please leave. If that don’t work get out of the car take your keys with you walk in front of your car slowly, like you’re thinking go in back of the car and open the back door, tell them to get out of the car, if they do not get out fast, jerk the drunk out of the car ; ( telling him before; during and after to calm them; why you are doing this, tell them the other cab is just 1 minute away, leave! Never turn your back on then, back up slowly and drive away.