Las Vegas — I was in a good mood Saturday morning. I went to the carpool area of the D Las Vegas Casino to take a taxi to The Mirage Casino to do a Detroit News column on watching the NCAA tournament games from one of the large sports books.
A taxi just finished dropping off two passengers when I tapped on the window. He slowly rolled down the window and looked at me.
“Could you take me to the Mirage,” I asked.
I could tell that the guy was nervous. He said he could not pick me up at that spot that I had to walk over to the taxi stand. It seemed odd considering no one else was waiting there but I walked over to the taxi stand. Did I tell you that home team drove right by me and didn’t even look my way? I think I got a quick side glance as I think about it later. He did not burn rubber but he took off pretty briskly.
I was pissed. I’m thinking I do not want to give this ass my money any way. Do things like this still happen in 2013?
I walked around the block to a waiting taxi and the guy took me to the Mirage. Later I told my story to another taxi and he nodded his head. He said Las Vegas still has some taxi drivers who are afraid to take black male and Hispanic customers. He said I probably would have been fine if I had a female with me or a white guy. Now I was really pissed. He said there are very few guys like that, less than two percent, but I found one of them.
This is not the first time this has happened. I’ve had New York taxi drives slow up and blow by me. I flew into Chicago’s Midway and went to the front of the taxi line.
“I don’t go to the South side,” the driver screamed frantically.
I got out of his cab, went to the next guy and he took me to the downtown Marriott. I did not want to give that guy my money. I told the story to the other taxi driver and he laughed.
Any way I am returning home. Vegas was a blast. I just won $50 on video poker and am ready to see my family.
It was just this one incident that ticked me off and made me realize we still have a little ways to go.