Saturday, May 2, 2009

Taxi Cab TV crime!

All new yorkers know that for the past few years yellow cabs have installed tv's in their cars. One of their uses is to swipe credit cards, which I still have never done (I'm a cab-cash only kind of guy). But the other annoying thing they do is play really stupid info-mercials and puke-inducing tv clips from all the worst shows. The first thing I do when I step in the cab is hit the OFF button in the top right corner of the screen. I'm not a tv watcher and I certainly don't want it in my face when headed home from a long night of revelry.

Well the other night something horrible happened. I pressed the off switch and it didn't go off!!! The tv kept going the entire cab ride home. Although I hate tv, when it's on it commands my attention. I tried to look out the window, but my eye kept drawing me to the illuminated screen in front of me. This is the reason why I won't go to bars with tv's either. It was one of the worst cab rides home ever (although not as bad as the time I got into a fight with the driver and he tried to kill us both by driving 100 miles per hour down Ave C).

I thought the screen was perhaps broken but then just last night I stepped into another cab and the tv did the same thing! It stayed on the whole ride! After I press the OFF switch the tv continues to play and the OFF switch disappears. I tried touching the screen all over the place and nothing would happen. I told the cab driver of my dismay, but he had no idea why it was doing it. Is this a city-wide pandemic? Is this the future of cab riding? Will we, the citizens of new york, be forever subjected to watching late night with Jimmy Fallon while crossing the Williamburg Bridge?

Has anyone else experienced the OFF switch nightmare???

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