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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Taxi Driver Offers Rides Around City In Exchange For Innocuous Swag (and Bullets)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Travis Bickle, too, had a soft-spot for tax preparation
  • Travis Bickle, too, had a soft-spot for tax preparation
So, you remember that old Sesame Street game "One of these things is not like the others"? Let's see if you can apply that logic to this ad from Craigslist's "barter" section, in which a San Francisco taxi driver offers to ferry folks around town in exchange for numerous innocuous items (and one that raises many, many red flags).

We'll make it easy for you and we'll bold the red-flag swag:

So I drive a cab 5 days a week (Saturday - Wednesday) from before dawn

to early afternoon. I know people hate MUNI, hate to drive, and love to

be driven around by smart people who know everything about everything

(i.e. cab drivers), but don't like to spend the $. So if you're still

reading this, you're intrigued to the point of wondering what I would

take in trade. I have a soft spot in my heart for tax preparation,

website design & hosting, HDTV's, comic book graphic novels,

cigarettes, people who like to clean apartments, people who are good at

rewriting resumes (so I can go back to working outside the taxi

industry), pro sports jerseys, gift cards, lcd computer monitors,

baseball tickets, comped meals at restaurants, size 13 sneakers,

massages, nine millimeter ammunition, digital cameras, Rumba

accessories, dental work, and much much more.

Things he doesn't like include long-haired pimps who peddle 12-year-old prostitutes, Albert Brooks, and folks who don't know the answer to the rhetorical question "You talkin' to me?"

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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