Comment by kris feenstra on December 12, 2012 at 4:34pm

"...follow customs that may counter your own beliefs or face the consequences."

Although, in this case the law of the land sides with the passenger and not the cabbie (if this was an actual event).

Comment by Strega on December 12, 2012 at 4:51pm

No, the law of the land regarding a London taxi driver is that he cannot refuse to let a customer in his cab if he has his light on - but he can disgorge his passenger at any stage if the passenger gives him cause.  This is so vague in real terms, that nothing is ever done when a taxi either sails past you without stopping when you hail him, or conversely tells you to leave his cab if you are doing something 'unreasonable'.  Black cabs have their own weird code of conduct.

Comment by kris feenstra on December 12, 2012 at 5:55pm

The passenger hasn't given him cause even in liberal interpretation, and one isn't allowed to refuse services on the basis of religious discrimination, no? In the premis and punchline of the anecdote, the passenger's religious belief is the cause for ejection. Taxi cab drivers are also not permitted to tell passengers to 'fuck off' according to London's regulations. While it may be impractical to meaningfully pursue complaints such as these, the cab driver is in the wrong. It's a nifty line for a joke, but I'd say the driver is an even bigger dick than the obnoxious passenger if it was a real-world case. If you agree to do a job, do it proper, not for the law, but for your own dignity.

Comment by Strega on December 12, 2012 at 7:10pm

You may be absolutely correct Kris, morally ethically and legally - but I'm guessing you're not familiar with London cabbie mentality, or the Londoners comfortable acceptance of it.

Comment by kris feenstra on December 12, 2012 at 7:39pm

I am not familiar with it. I'm just stating that the 'when in Rome' element has another side to it here. Expecting Romans to live by Roman laws, even if they typically don't, would not be the imposition of an outsider.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 12, 2012 at 7:40pm

All right Strega luv! – I reckon that cabbie got the right hump with that Muslim. There ‘e wos in the back of my fackin’ cab givin’ it large into my King’s Lear. No way mate was I havin’ that. So I told him I did! I told him good and proper to get the fack out of it mate. Though he was havin’ a laff. No facking way mate. Ger out of it. I opened the Bobby Moore for him I did. Not in my cab. I still have the ump and he is gone lookin’ for a camel with two off ‘em. Ha! whose fackin laffin now mate. Dropped him in the Elephant to find a fackin Camel. The dozey git! Cheers darlin’. Now where’s me Chas and Dave tape?

Comment by Strega on December 12, 2012 at 7:47pm

For Reg, with tumultuous applause!!!

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 12, 2012 at 8:17pm

Confession - I lived for 5 years in old London town and 2 of them down the Elephant. While working as a research economist in a university I also moonlighted as a hackney (cab driver) for a little while.

Nuffin like proper cockney spoken with an Oirish accent lol.

Comment by Strega on December 12, 2012 at 8:34pm

(What's with all the confessions recently?)  I absolve you, Reg, in the name of Fred Housego!

Comment by Unseen on December 12, 2012 at 11:44pm

@Doug Reardon The Church of Christ does not allow musical instruments in their services because the bible says: "Make Ye a joyful noise unto the lord."

You can't make a "joyful noise" with musical instruments? I'd like to understand their interpretation of that passage. It makes no sense to me.

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