New York City Has Nation's Rudest Cabbies, Survey Says

By Ben Fractenberg on September 8, 2010 10:32am 

New York City is the easiest place in the U.S. to hail a taxi, according to a survey by Hotels.com.
New York City is the easiest place in the U.S. to hail a taxi, according to a survey by Hotels.com.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — New York City is the easiest place in the country to hail a cab, but it also has the rudest drivers, according to an unscientific survey by Hotels.com.

Thirty-nine percent of the survey takers voted NYC as having the most reckless cabbies and 38 percent said the city’s drivers are the least friendly.

"You don't get many thank you's, and there are some arguments, but you have to adapt and deal with it being in New York," construction manager David Zidel, 35, told the Daily News. "Sometimes, there are bad or reckless drivers, but when you're in a hurry and need them to drive that way, it can be good."

Hotels.com surveyed 1,900 travelers from over 50 major U.S. cities, judging the cabs on cleanliness, value, quality of driving, knowledge of the area, friendliness, safety and availability.

Las Vegas ranked in the top three in all categories.

“I was [in] Las Vegas and my taxi driver installed a karaoke machine in his car. While we were getting home late in the evening, we were belting out Britney Spears in the back!” said a voter.

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