Last night after work, I met my sister for some shopping and ramen eating time. Exhausted and over-fed, we decided to get a cab home.
At one point, we were talking about a story that's been in the papers here recently, about a serial rapist who had been released on parole, attacked his girlfriend and was on the run. In the original conviction, the judge had said this guy had commited acts so vile, it would be against the good of public morals to release the details.
My opinion is that he should never have been released on parole. He's forfeited his right to be treated as a human being.
According the cabbie, the rapist had probably been set up by the media and some "psycho" chick out to get him.
Maybe the cabbie was just making conversation but a complete lack of awareness that maybe two women in his cab would not want to hear this type of thing. You are pretty vulnerable when you're in a cab.
He then went on to say some woman are nuts and men have to defend themselves against them but they get the blame, the woman never does. He did, begrudgingly add, 'so long as no one gets really hurt...'
By this stage, I was sending text messages to my sister, not sure how to react.
Normally, I'd have argued with him but I was so tired, I just wanted to get home.
We live a long way out of the city so getting out of the cab would have meant a long wait for another cab and we didn't feel any threat or danger from him (but that might not be the case for a younger girl on her own in the cab at night).
What would you do if you were in a cab and felt uncomfortable with the cab driver?