Nowadays, a lot of commuters prefer to skip riding taxi cabs by taking ride-hailing apps such as Grab and Uber. A lot of individuals do so, not just because these are convenient for going from one place to another, but also because the drivers of these vehicles are more reliable and polite. If you check your social media accounts regularly, then you’ll be able to see a lot of posts about rude taxi drivers who fail to give their passengers the comfort they deserve. However, despite these kinds of news, not all taxi drivers should be feared by commuters. Many of them are trying to make ends meet by doing a good job. Unfortunately, due to the bad reputation of cabs in the Philippines, drivers don’t usually earn much money. This is why they tend to look for passengers on the road for 24 hours straight just to be able to provide for their families.
One woman witnessed how difficult the life of a taxi driver really is when she chanced upon one.
Facebook user Cristina Tan shared her experience when she hailed a taxi cab on her way home. According to the woman, the driver refused to give her a ride, not because her destination was too far away, but because he said he was too tired and sleepy to be able to drive the vehicle.
Because the woman wanted the old driver to still be able to earn some money, plus she wanted to get home, she decided to do what others would never even think of doing – she offered to drive the taxi going to her destination while the driver slept at the backseat.
Now, this might seem unusual but the driver surprisingly agreed. At first, he didn’t want to let Cristina drive since he thought that women like her don’t usually know how to drive a manual car. However, she assured the old guy that she knows how to drive one until she was able to convince him to accept her offer.
So next time a taxi driver refuses to give you a ride, think of how difficult their jobs are too. A lot of them may be scammers but a huge number of them are just trying to get by.
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