Street survey: New Yorkers' worst cab rides

City residents tell tales of their trips from hell.

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    Eunhye, 20, SVA student, Gramercy
    "I'm from South Korea, and the cab drivers there are kind of rough. Once I was in kind of a ghetto neighborhood, and my cabbie started driving like he was a stunt driver in an action movie. He was going super fast down really narrow streets; he even went down a flight of stairs in the cab. Drivers here can be bad, but at least they don't do that."

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    Johnny, 37, actor; Trenton, NJ
    "I was on my way to Yankee Stadium, and the cab I was in hit another cab and just drove off. He left a part of his bumper behind and he didn't even stop. That must have been 20 years ago, and I haven't been in a cab since. One and done."

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    Carlo, 40, actor, Chelsea
    "I once told a cab driver to take me to Penn Station, and he asked me which one. I had to spell it out: You know, the one with Madison Square Garden on top of it? He was kind of an older guy. He may have remembered the old one."

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    Dave, 47, environmental project manager; Huntington, Long Island
    "I gave a driver a certain amount of money for the fare, and he calculated his own tip before giving me my change. I was gonna tip him, but c'mon. What if I wanted to give him a dollar? You can't do that. But I'm a New Yorker. I usually walk or take the subway to avoid that stuff."

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    David, 67, unemployed, Flatiron
    "Taxi incidents? Just the regular stuff: accidents, you know. A cab I was in got rear-ended while on a first date once. I guess we could've stuck around to see how it ended up but we fled pretty quick. We were on a date; there's no way we wanted to deal with all that."

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    Jared, 19, student, Gramercy
    "On New Year's Eve, I got kicked out of a cab and had to run the rest of the way home in the cold. The guy was running the meter when he shouldn't have been, and I caught him. When I called him out, he got pretty defiant, then I got defiant, and, well, that was the end of my cab ride."

Photograph: Lindsay M. Taylor

Eunhye, 20, SVA student, Gramercy
"I'm from South Korea, and the cab drivers there are kind of rough. Once I was in kind of a ghetto neighborhood, and my cabbie started driving like he was a stunt driver in an action movie. He was going super fast down really narrow streets; he even went down a flight of stairs in the cab. Drivers here can be bad, but at least they don't do that."

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Corey Kosak
Corey Kosak

Re Carlo: Maybe he he was trying to be helpful, and figure out whether you meant New York Penn Station or Newark Penn Station.