All the time we hear funny yet weird stories about taxi drivers in Jordan, from bragging about wominzing skills to telling absurd lies. Not to mention those hitting on girls and throwing insults on other drivers and pedestrians. Well, I can’t deny I’ve had my fair share of those legendary adventures, but I have to say that they represent less than 5% of my taxi riding experience. Most of the taxi drivers I ride with are very nice people! Most of the time they don’t even try to start any kind of conversation, and even those who blabber too much sometimes are also nice and helpful people. You just have to treat them with respect. For example, when you tell them about your destination, try and say “please”, it really makes a good impression!
Well, you need to put yourself in their shoes. We all come across wierd people and situations that would seem unbelievable, how about driving around all day, giving rides to all kinds of people. You need to speak to someone, it could be very boring with time of you don’t.
Moreover, they even make me feel better about my inability to drive, although the other day one elderly taxi driver told me I should take the driver license because it’s no big deal, and that taxis cause traffic jams because they keep romaing the streets all the time, while private cars are parked most of the time, which makes matters less hectic. He has a point, I liked that he was objective, good old cabbie!
Just thought I need to say that… Have a great day!
Originally Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2007 on http://oeliwat.jeeran.com/archive/2007/9/321854.html