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5th-Jan-2010 02:50 am
Poll #1507441 Seating Arrangement

Have you ever rode in a taxi by yourself?


The last time you rode in a taxi by yourself you sat...

In the front passenger seat
In a back seat

I call it a...

Hired car
Something else
5th-Jan-2010 11:17 am (UTC)
I've never rode in a taxi ever.
5th-Jan-2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
I call it a taxi, cab (only for black cabs), black cab, minicab.

I would *never* ride in the front, it is far too pally.
5th-Jan-2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
I always ride on the front seat when driving alone - that's the common thing to do where I'm from.

I said "something else" in the third question as my primary language isn't English - we call it taxa in Danish.
5th-Jan-2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
There are two types of taxi or cab here in the UK, the taxi and the minicab, though some places don't have the black cabs that are most common to London. In the black cabs, one can't sit at the front as there is no front seat. In a minicab one can, but I never sit at the front next to the driver in one of those unless I know the driver (which I have done occasionally in the past) or I'm with other people.

I'm not sure if it's changed yet - as I've not taken a cab for a couple of years - but they were supposed to be bringing in licencing for minicabs in the UK which would (supposedly) make things safer... generally minicabbing can be done by anyone otherwise. Black cab drivers in London do what is colloquially called 'The Knowledge' first. Nothing is a guarantee of safety though.
5th-Jan-2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I've never ridden in a taxi either. There are very few in my city and you have to call and request one to come pick you up.
5th-Jan-2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I've only ever ridden in the front seat when I'm riding with my family, and there's no room in the back seat for me.
5th-Jan-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
At least here in Philly I think they rather you sit in the backseat. I also always sit back there because that's where they put the credit card machine.
5th-Jan-2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I ticked "back seat" because I usually sit there but sometimes I sit in the front as it doesn't bother me.
5th-Jan-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
i got shouted at the only time i ever tried to sit in the front!
6th-Jan-2010 04:48 am (UTC)
I went on a study abroad trip to Mexico and had to take a cab pretty much everywhere. Usually my roommate came with me places, but not every time.

Anyway, apparently sitting in the front seat is baaaaad news.
6th-Jan-2010 06:53 am (UTC)
I've only ridden in a taxi once and I was all by my lonesome. A friend called it for me to take me to the airport this past summer, and I asked her where I was supposed to ride before it came. She told me I could choose either, but she preferred the back seat. So, I sat in back. It was a very nervous time in my life - I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing.

Edited at 2010-01-06 06:55 am (UTC)
6th-Jan-2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
it's taxi in German too, and it is nothing special really to go in a taxi is it? I just went in one yesterday night because i missed the last s bahn (public transport) by 5 minutes
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