|Photo by John Han.|
But I'm not sure I'm convinced that they're doing as equally good of a job in deterring crime, even though it is claimed that they do.
A Yellow Cab driver was robbed late during the Saturday night shift, March 12, 2011. Yellow Cab posted a notice on the wall warning drivers to be careful out there. According to the notice, the driver dropped off at Palou and 3rd St. at 2 am. Then, two twenty something men jumped in the cab and were vague about their destination. After that, one of the men pulled out a gun and demanded the money. The driver was not injured but lost some $400 and a cell phone.
I hope the SFMTA will deal with safety issues around cab drivers, and give its discussion equal priority as it is giving to the sale of medallions and franchise peak permits. It is too easy to offer answers such as, "cameras deter crime". I doubt the cab driver who was robbed Saturday would agree with that.