On the eighth day of October 2010, I made a bad decision for my family.
I was on vacation with my children and wife in Orlando, Florida, and had just finished our last day adventuring around Universal Studios, when I decided to take a Yellow Cab Company taxi, instead of our usual taxi service, Gold Company (Ahmed, Mohammed, and the rest of the polite, conversational, professional and punctual family that I highly reccomend if you choose to vacation in Orlando).
When we finished our laborious day walking miles around at the amusement park, we went to the taxi counter at the foot of the escalators at Universal, and were directed towards a Yellow Cab car. The worst mistake of my life.
Upon entering the vehicle, the driver, whose name we were not given, looked at us very strangely. He was brusque and impolite, treating my family without respect. However, we decided to just take the car across the street to our room at Hyatt Place Universal.
The driver was obviously upset that he had wasted his time driving merely across the street, about two miles, but that was a lot, when our family had been walking for hours. He ordered us to fasten our seatbelts while driving at an outrageous speed, making turns carelessly and recklessly, putting my family in danger. He nearly sped past a red light, at which point, I ordered my family to vacate the car at the intersection. A deranged man. We walked the rest of the way to the hotel.
After we arrived at our hotel, quite a bit shaken, particularly my kids, to no surprise, there was my friend, Mohammed, of the Gold Cab Car Company. I will never trust my family in the hands of a Yellow Cab Company driver again. The company did little to reassure me that this would never happen to anyone else.