Every neighborhood has its own pet peeve that is a part of the everyday hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. For the residents of South Ozone Park/South Richmond Hill, it's the taxi cab drivers that stand on the corners of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue. One group stands on the corner right by the stairway of the Lefferts Blvd/Ozone Park train station of the "A" train. The other group is stationed on the opposite corner in front of a bakery/pizza shop.
Everyday these cab men and women stand there, saying the same six or seven words that seem to be the only ones in their vocabulary. "Taxi, taxi, taxi...cab, cab, cab...do you need a cab miss?...do you need a cab sir?" They are standing by the train station steps, calling up to peoplewho have just gotten off the train, who are trying to hurry down the steps to catch the Q10 or the Q112, bus stops which are either around the corner or right by the train steps respectively.
After traveling on the train and being at work or school all day, this can be rather annoying. They are very persistent unless you say no or quickly shake your head as you try to dodge them and quickly try to catch your bus or trying to walk away to be on your way to home or to the stores on the avenue. They are in your face, pointing their fingers at you all while saying "Taxi? Cab?". And this happens all the time.
"Getting asked if I want a cab during the day when I just got off the bus is pretty annoying," said Sara Subedar, a 23-year-old college student who lives a few blocks away from the station. "They shouldn't be allowed to pester people. But there seems like nothing can be done about it, so we have to deal with it."
Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done. They are not commiting a crime. They are doing their job. One could only wish that they would do it a little more nicely and consider the people they are trying to get as potential customers. One could be pretty sure that these taxi cab drivers would not like it if they had to face the same thing everyday.