At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport in the United States, it would appear sharia law is literally being road-tested...
Some cab drivers are refusing to take passengers because they are carrying alcohol, such as bottles of wine or cases of beer, which conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Airport staff say Muslim drivers have refused to take passengers with alcohol 922 times in the past year.
These cases involved duty-free alcohol rather than alcohol being consumed in the cab. Officials are now meeting to resolve the issue. Sheesh...in Sydney such denial of service would constitute a breach of the taxi license and suspension would result immediately.
Meanwhile at Perth's domestic airport last Friday night, a taxi blitz was conducted by Centrelink, Taxation and Federal officers. Some 30% of drivers checked are suspected of welfare fraud. Who'd have thought such a thing occurs in an honourable profession,
"They search us like criminals," said taxi driver Naim Mohammed. "It's a busy Friday night, there are five flights arriving, people are waiting because the police are stopping all the taxis."
Last night at Sydney domestic airport, Transport Department officials were fining drivers who arrive via an illegal entry shute. It's an old short-cut for many drivers despite it breaching road rules. As one driver commented, if a driver complied with every little road rule then we'd make no money.
Sadly we take some risks from time to time, at our peril. One such risk is driving a cab,
TAXI driver Trevor Andrei is determined to stay on the job, despite being bashed on his first night at work...
"I was dropping off a group of intoxicated guys at the address they had requested, when all of a sudden they got out of hand and started smashing windows and throwing bottles at the van," he said.
The attack had left him more than $3000 out of pocket.
But it's not about the money, right. Like Trev, all cabbies simply want to get passengers home safe and sound. Why ? Because we care...