Monday, March 22, 2010
Taxi Ride Turns Scary For One Passenger . . .
Local blogger Hope Bertram had probably the scariest cab ride of her life last week after a night on the town:
"When I got into the cab, I told the driver where I lived and told him to take the drive to my exit and then go west. He got to the drive and went south (the wrong direction) When I told him he was going the wrong way I got uncomfortable (I actually texted a few friends with the cab number and let them know what was going on.). ... I told him that I had tweeted his cab number to 3,000 people and posted a note about it to my FB profile to 2,000 people and that if anything did happen they would know where to look. – I actually didn’t do this, but TOTALLY wish I had. It was cab number 4477 by the way. I then gave him money and tried to get out of the cab and the door was locked. He wouldn’t open the door so I called 911 and told them the cab number and exactly where I was and what was going on."
That's right, Twitter and Facebook may have saved her life.
She also offers some tips for you to stay safe:
* ALWAYS make sure you know what cab number you are getting into AND the cab company (I didn’t do the later)
* Have your phone quickly accessible in case you need it
* Don’t hesitate to text friends with this information or tweet or post something on your FB profile
* MOST IMPORTANTLY – If you feel like your life is in danger, call 911. I might have waited longer than I should, but I really don’t like calling 911 because I don’t want to clog the system with an unnecessary call, but what I realize know, is that my situation wasn’t unnecessary and calling is exactly what I should have done.
* Make sure to report this to 311. They will generate a complaint and prosecute the driver. Your information will stay anonymous. People like this should not be driving a cab.