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(Reuters)   Irish millionaire buys taxi license so he can drive in restricted lanes. However he must pick up passengers if hailed   (story.news.yahoo.com) divider line 110
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2003-03-03 09:56:36 AM
Ireland's Taxi Drivers Union has accused O'Leary of abusing the licensing system and of "making a mockery" of the rules of the road.
Yeah? Well, change the licensing system so that it restricts certain people. That should make things better, adding more regulation. Oh, and make sure that you don't exclude all cabs that are in good condition while you're at it. It sounds like he's found a loophole. But that loophole can strangle him if he doesn't accept fares. Sounds fair to me!
 
2003-03-03 10:38:11 AM
Why is the Irish government dealing with some pathetic taxi license issue? What about all the tyrany and the fightin' and the bombs and the guns and the tyrany and the fightin' and the bombs and the guns and the tyrany and the fightin' and the bombs and the guns and the tyrany...

/O'Conner]
 
2003-03-03 10:41:12 AM
I would guess that everyone's going to know him when they see him, and he's going to get hailed all day. It would have been a good idea if he had been able to keep it quiet.
 
2003-03-03 11:05:20 AM
Bump -

You forgot the fightin'
 
2003-03-03 11:18:31 AM
Bump, you're slacking. I think you used that quote last week(?) on the Bono thread.
 
2003-03-03 11:43:40 AM
Sorry - I have a limited image of the Irish... kind of an internal characature of Uncle Fester foaming at the mouth with some self-rightous rant about the fightin' and the bombs and the guns and the tyrany and the fightin' and the bombs and the guns and the tyrany and the fightin' and the bombs...
 
2003-03-03 11:52:40 AM
Bump, your forgiven. I was just pointing out that I wasn't asleep during class.
 
2003-03-03 01:00:03 PM
Bump, thats pretty annoying isn't it??
 
2003-03-03 01:00:42 PM
I thought they were too drunk in Ireland to drive?

/ I've got nothing
 
2003-03-03 01:00:47 PM
I didn't know there were any Irish millionaires, what with every one of them being a stupid drunk and all.

/sarcasm
 
2003-03-03 01:01:42 PM
I would totally do this.
 
2003-03-03 01:02:27 PM
*** Off Topic ***

Did Fark go down over the weekend for any of you? Or was it just me? from two different PC's I tried the page but it could not be found. Anyone else?
 
2003-03-03 01:03:49 PM
Manaquin or blow up doll in theback seat.. problem solved.
 
2003-03-03 01:04:08 PM
Nice idea. He probably has his own driver, anyway, so presumably he won't ever have to stop to pick people up, as he is his own fare.
 
2003-03-03 01:04:25 PM
Kevra

I'm married - nothing ever goes down on me.
 
2003-03-03 01:06:17 PM
Ohhhh, you said for not on. Sorry, my mistake.
 
2003-03-03 01:07:05 PM
I hate cheap millionaires.
Buy a freakin helicopter.
 
2003-03-03 01:07:20 PM
MayoBoy/b>

Amen to that. Unfortunately.
 
2003-03-03 01:07:42 PM
ummm....

couldn't he set his fares extremely high, like $10,000 a minute, so that no one ever asks him to stop?

smart bastard.
 
2003-03-03 01:08:06 PM
And he lied on his resume... that bastage
 
2003-03-03 01:08:24 PM
The headline could be an idea for a new reality TV show on Fox.
 
2003-03-03 01:08:44 PM
o wait..that was a different O'Leary
 
2003-03-03 01:08:56 PM
Would you like some Grey Poupon? And a ride?
 
2003-03-03 01:09:52 PM
pretty good idea really. I'm assuming he has a driver so he'd never have to pick up a passenger unless for some reason his driver was just driving around without him. And heck if he ever goes broke he can just drive around and make a living as a taxi driver. He's only planning for his future.
 
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2003-03-03 01:10:47 PM
passenger: So, you're a cab driver.

driver: No, i am a millionaire who just does this in his spare time
also: irish millionaire = oxymoron?
 
2003-03-03 01:12:18 PM
So how much does he charge?
 
2003-03-03 01:12:40 PM


This just in: Here's the photo of the millionare taxi driver. Want a ride?
 
2003-03-03 01:12:51 PM
FYI - Ryanair = Europe's Southwest Airline
 
2003-03-03 01:12:57 PM
The whole idea that taxis should be licensed is absurd to begin with! If I want to go out right now and earn some money by giving people rides, and people voluntarily get in my car and are willing to pay me the amount I tell them I am willing to do it for, what in the hell should the GOVERNMENT have to say about it?!?
 
2003-03-03 01:13:02 PM
Coming to Fox: "Joosph Milyanairr"

Maybe the hot blond will go down on him in the front seat.
 
2003-03-03 01:14:19 PM
DoubleGGuy:

damn skippy
 
2003-03-03 01:14:46 PM
GGuy: I think it's probably to prevent serial killers from just rounding up victims. Or something along the lines of such safety issues.
 
2003-03-03 01:18:19 PM
There's an outfit like that in my town. They don't have a taxi license so they can't charge people but they rely on donations.
 
2003-03-03 01:20:22 PM
I guess you don't become a multi-millionaire without learning to game the system.
 
2003-03-03 01:20:50 PM
It's not bad enough that he's cheating the sysytem, but he's driving a Mercedes "saloon"! Only in Ireland...
 
2003-03-03 01:21:21 PM
DoubleGGuy

It's not absurd, it's a way of guaranteeing certain basic standards of quality. Like taxi drivers knowing where they are going, not having had 14 DUI convictions and so on.

It's much the same as licensing pilots.
 
2003-03-03 01:24:49 PM
Bump,

I believe that you are thinking of Northern Ireland (part of the UK) rather than Ireland.

Ireland is a rather peaceful place. 58 homicides for the entire country, a rate of 1.6 per 100,000.

For comparison:

Northern Ireland: 168/9.9 per 100K
US: 15,900/5.5
England/Wales: 850/1.6
South Africa: 52,485/121
Columbia: 29,555/69.9
 
2003-03-03 01:26:56 PM
Reminds me of a joke.

An American tourist is knocking about Dublin, intent on seeing the sights. He hails a cab, and instructs the driver to take the scenic route. The driver agrees, and when the tourist is safely buckled in and comfortable, he takes off at 75 mph. They're rocketing down the road, the tourist clutching the seat white-knuckled when they come to a red light. The tourist thinks "Surely he sees it and will stop", but the driver slows not a bit as he charges through. Chalking it up to a mistake, the tourist is willing to hold his tongue until the driver careens through two more red stoplights. "Sir!" screams the tourist "You're supposed to stop at those red lights!" "Lad", the driver shouts back, "Neither I nor any of me 5 taxi-driving brothers ever stops at a red light!!!" As the tourist is contemplating this, and dictating his last will and testament into his mini tape recorder, the driver comes upon a green light, and stands upon the brake pedal. The car screams to a stop, smoke pouring from the tires. The disheveled and very shaken tourist asks "Why in the name of St. Christopher did you do that???" The driver looks back with a gleam in his eye and a slight smile upon his face and says "Because Lad....ye never know when one of me five brothers will be coming through!"
 
2003-03-03 01:31:37 PM
Tigger and Kadath:

Oh...so I guess nothing is safe unless the GOVERNMENT makes it safe. This is precisely the attitude I'm challenging here, and precisely the reason GOVERNMENT has grown to the huge, mammoth size it is today. Noone is willing to accept any risk at all anymore.. So sad! And at what cost.
Noone seems to really care about the cost.

Do you not think cab companies would check backgrounds if not for the government? If they wanted to win customers, they would. And if I want to exchange more risk for a lower price, that's my right. And you should have no say about it at all!
 
2003-03-03 01:34:26 PM
M.C.PeePants - so true. maybe you're not a geek after all. ;)
 
2003-03-03 01:36:39 PM
Zeke,

Are you saying that Ron Jeremy has given up porn and is now a taxi driver in Dublin?
 
2003-03-03 01:40:06 PM
He still doesn't have to stop for Danny Glover, though.
 
2003-03-03 01:41:07 PM
GGuy(or should that be GGGGuy?):
As for cab companies checking backgrounds:
If there were a cabbie murderer, do you think the public would calmly check to see which company had hired him and avoid that one, or do you think instead there would be mass panic and all cab usage would drop off severely?
If you want to save money by taking risks, you still can. Expired food is cheaper, for example. Government is a necessary evil. It may be huge(even mammoth), but it provides a lot of things you take for granted. I should indeed have a say about what my government chooses to do. That's what makes it mine.
 
2003-03-03 01:41:55 PM
DoubleGGuy

For the vast majority of situations I would agree with you; however this is a tragedy of the commons situation. The number of cabs would increase to a point deleterious to transport in the particular town as a whole. (Same argument as pollution - there is no market for your pollution, thus the cost of it is not factored into the supply curve). Thus everyone is better off if the number is limited as it is not possible to solve the missing market problem in this case.
 
2003-03-03 01:44:26 PM
Being a cabbie is a fine and noble tradition. You can get the equivalent of a phd in sociology, psychology and philosophy in about three months on the job. Plus you are probably an "expert" in politics, economics and world affairs. Then there's the stories - enough to make most people blush!

I once drove cab many summer's ago in a very small but affluent community - could write a book about those days! Very interesting job.

And NEVER tell your secrets to someone who rides in a cab often.
 
2003-03-03 01:54:19 PM
DoubleGGuy... great. So you think that the situation in the 1880s in new york city was perfect? You think the free market took care of that situation pretty well?

The fact is that IN AN IDEAL WORLD, a totally free market would be great, because everyone would realize that in the end, doing the best thing is what's best for them. But that's not the case for the free market any more than it is for communism.

That's why you have to have some oversight. Where that line is is open to question - but you seem to think it doesn't exist at all. THAT is patently false. In reality, cab company managers will see that they can cut their bottom line by a few percent and get that vacation in Caracas if they cut staff costs - and hey, these background checks are expensive.

The problem is that people are too stupid to police themselves on a small scale, and unless you have an oversight system which is based on a different scale than those who are regulated, you end up with conflicts of interest and bad things happening.
 
2003-03-03 01:56:29 PM
Kadath:
As for cab companies checking backgrounds:
If there were a cabbie murderer, do you think the public would calmly check to see which company had hired him and avoid that one, or do you think instead there would be mass panic and all cab usage would drop off severely?


If a cab company hired somone who was a mass murderer, you can be sure it would be all over the news and you can be sure people would avoid that company's cabs like the plague. By the way, I do support licensing drivers.. I just don't see the need for the extra license for cabbies.

Government is a necessary evil. It may be huge(even mammoth), but it provides a lot of things you take for granted.

And they provide a large amount of bullshiat, too.

I should indeed have a say about what my government chooses to do. That's what makes it mine.

But you should have no say about choices I make whose implications have no impact on anyone but me..the choicemaker.

Tigger:The number of cabs would increase to a point deleterious to transport in the particular town as a whole. (Same argument as pollution - there is no market for your pollution, thus the cost of it is not factored into the supply curve). Thus everyone is better off if the number is limited as it is not possible to solve the missing market problem in this case.

The number of cabs on the road is naturally limited by the demand for that type of transportation. The government need not impose an artificial limit. I don't understand what you mean by "a point deleterious to transport".
 
2003-03-03 02:04:03 PM
Perisoft:
I'm not familiar with the 1880s NYC situation you describe. Sorry. The entire difference between you and me is summarized by your statement :"The problem is that people are too stupid to police themselves on a small scale."

I don't even know where to begin an argument with someone who thinks the government can make better decisions regarding personal choices involving the weighing of safety and cost. Sorry.
 
2003-03-03 02:05:06 PM
better choices than an idividual, that is.
 
2003-03-03 02:09:30 PM
This guy should get the Hero tag for beating the system.
 
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