As we've noted before, driving a taxi in San Francisco is about as dangerous as being an unarmed cop. But being a passenger in a cab is no relaxing trip to the spa either, as one man learned last weekend when he got into a dispute with his cabbie over the fare.
The 30-year-old passenger told police that on Saturday about 12:25 a.m., he hailed a taxi and asked the driver to take him to Octavia and Hayes streets. While en route, passenger and cabbie got into an argument over the price of the trip.
After it became clear they weren't going to agree, the cab driver pulled out a knife and demanded the passenger's cellphone and debit card, police said. The victim gave it to him and he got out of the cab near Octavia and Hayes.
The victim called police, who are now investigating whether the suspect was impersonating a cabbie, or if he was actually a licensed taxi driver, said Officer Gordon Shyy.
"It was just described as a yellow cab," he said.
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