Friday, October 12, 2007

Creepy Cabbies

Just lately after Sly Fox Queer Central Wednesday outings I have had problems with the drivers of cabs I catch home. I have had enough of 'oh, so this is a lesbian bar... are you are a lesbian? you know some lesbians give me sex instead of the fare... I like to have sex with girls and boys... when was the last time you had sex? was it with a boy or a girl?' conversations with creepy cabbies. Its disgusting, uncalled for and more difficult to manage when you've had a couple of beers (or more). And given the fact that a large number of young dykes/queer women/lesbians/transwomen etc attend this event every week and rely on cabs to get home safely it is quite a serious matter- nobody deserves this sort of harrassment. I called the Sly after I got home this week with details of the offending creep, and their security was going to keep an eye out for him, but that didn't seem like enough. Especially as it appears that some drivers are deliberately picking up female passengers at the Sly so they can be sleazy towards the 'lesbians'. Whether this merely be for 'sport' or has more sinister intentions, its still totally unnacceptable.

So today I email the ACON anti-violence project with details of the last couple of disturbing cabbie incidents I've had and asked them for advice. If you have had any similar encounters please email them:



Blogger Ali H said...

I know it's hard to remember when you've had a few (and especially when they're being gross and you just want to get as far away as fast as possible), but it's worth trying to remember to take down their cab number. Call the cab company and report them- it's not just creepy & horrible having people like that out there, it's probably outright dangerous.

Of course I rarely remember to do this but... I figure you could disguise writing down their license number as sending a text message. Check their ID tag on the front of the cab.

So sorry to hear you've had to deal with this.

6:24 pm  
Blogger nixwilliams said...

hey - it's good that you're getting the word out about this. the more people talk about it and are aware of it, the more likely people will be able to combat it.

6:38 pm  
Blogger Miss Y said...

Yep, I've had problems in the past as well. Have done the same as you by phoning sly straght away to keep an eye out. I think this is a problem that has gone in waves for years and probably could do with an AVP letter to the Cab companies? Talk soon.
Love Y

9:23 am  
Blogger Zoo said...

thanks sweeties!

yeah, in the recent instance I took down the cab number (heehee! it was indeed using the 'text message' technique of sneaky recording) and reported it to the AVP. will post whatever response i get from them, and maybe even talk to the managers at the sly about making security's presence felt more strongly by the cabbies, maybe having the MCs chat to the audience a bit about safety when catching cabs etc. there must be some solution, and in the meanwhile will just keep spreading the message via word of mouth...

4:16 pm  

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