Premise: car honking is irritating and way too prevalent in Philadelphia. It lowers everybody’s standard of living and increases testiness.
Contributing cause: taxi cabs who honk at anybody they think might be looking for a cab.
Seriously. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t know they need a cab until a cab honks at them. This isn’t Junior Mints you’re selling. (“Want a Junior Mint?” “Um, yeah, sure!”) You either want a cab, or you don’t. I also don’t know anybody who tries to hail a cab in any manner other than standing on the curb, watching traffic, and raising a hand when a cab is spotted.
So, cab driver: is the person you’re honking at doing this?
If not, they’re probably not looking for the services of a taxi.
But we know cab drivers will not stop their pointless honking. Most of them don’t even read this blog. So here’s how we fight this:
If you see a cab, raise your hand and hail it. When it pulls over, wave them off. If they get mad, say, “Oh, sorry, I wasn’t looking for a cab.”
Repeat until everybody hates everybody.