D.C. councilwoman says daughter was briefly “kidnapped” over cab fare dispute

posted at 10:01 pm on February 20, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Washington, D.C.’s cab cartel and local government have fought popular Uber car service harder than in almost anyother city, repeatedly putting Uber through the regulatory wringer to maintain a monopoly for cab drivers who yell at you and won’t accept anything but cash. The reason they’re putting up such a fight is precisely because they are so very bad. With precious few exceptions, there’s no way they can compete with a service that actually serves its customers.

How bad are they? They kidnap people instead of letting them pay with a credit card, as the law requires them to do:

A taxi driver locked the daughter of a D.C. Council member in his car and drove her away from her home after a late-night dispute over an inoperable credit card machine in an incident that the council member said Wednesday “meets the definition of kidnapping.”

The November incident, in which police declined to arrest the driver, came to light Wednesday in a taxi cab commission oversight hearing chaired by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3).

According to a police report retained by Cheh, her 26-year-old daughter arrived in a cab at her Cleveland Park home after midnight early in November. She attempted to pay the fare with two different credit cards. After both were declined, she stated that she would pay cash but would also “report [the driver] to the taxi cab commission because . . . the credit card machine was not working properly.”

At that point, the driver locked the doors and drove several blocks to Connecticut Avenue and called 911 to report that he had a passenger refusing to pay her fare. Cheh’s daughter, who is also an attorney, filed a police report and stated that she had been “taken against her will,” according to the report.

This does not surprise me at all.

Long live Uber and the object lesson it gives this town of big-government liberals in the abuses government-sanctioned cartels will perpetrate to keep their positions, and the liberation from crappy service the free market can bring. They’re all literally “limousine liberals” now, and they’re better for it. Now, to get them to take this lesson and apply it to other areas of life and the economy.


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Well, nothing like living under the rules you pass.

Is there.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Regulate an industry into mediocrity, then uphold same, and guess what you get.

Hint: This isn’t the customer service you’re looking for.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

DC residents and politicians deserve each other.

xNavigator on February 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Drama queens.

SouthernGent on February 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Long live Uber

Ahem.

righty45 on February 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I’ve noticed the recent open reg is not bringing more hits…

OmahaConservative on February 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I wish DC nannies had never meddled in the zone system.
Cabbies are getting desperate. Think they’ll ever vote conservative?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I’ve noticed the recent open reg is not bringing more hits…

OmahaConservative on February 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Where is everybody?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Cabbies are getting desperate. Think they’ll ever vote conservative?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM

No. Most work in urban areas controlled from the top down by Democrats.

xNavigator on February 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

righty45 on February 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You say you are a righty? I wonder.

From the article you linked:

Given everything we know about Uber’s shark CEO and the company’s general fanatical free market indifference towards the people it services, it’s hard to imagine this was some rogue initiative of startup bullying. Corporate culture, poison or positive, always comes from somewhere—and all’s fair in love and Ayn Rand book clubs.

jaime on February 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Omaha

How do you see the number of hits for the site? Is there a setting on your computer? Just out of curiosity do those stats provide trend lines as well or do you have to track those on your own?

I’m excited about seeing them. Please share.

Mormon Doc on February 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

DC has the worst cab system in America. Never cared for it.

CycloneCDB on February 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

DC has the worst cab system in America. Never cared for it.

CycloneCDB on February 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Were you around for the zone system? I much prefer it to the current meter system.

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Where is everybody?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Waiting for QOTD?

Alien on February 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

came to light Wednesday in a taxi cab commission oversight hearing chaired by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3).

According to a police report retained by Cheh, her 26-year-old daughter arrived in a cab at her Cleveland Park home after midnight early in November. She attempted to pay the fare with two different credit cards. After both were declined, she stated that she would pay cash but would also “report [the driver] to the taxi cab commission because . . . the credit card machine was not working properly.”

So as long it no e-fuk you or you vewy precious offspring, every one else, live with it. Right?

cabra viejo on February 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

off topic Catherine, but Bill OReiily displays ignorance on a daillty basis

kenny on February 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I’ve noticed the recent open reg is not bringing more hits…

OmahaConservative on February 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Where is everybody?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

As a new poster, I try to hit each headline every day. I’d like to post something that might help or convince a lib-troll to see another side, but with every headline I’m convinced if we lose the don’t win the Senate…Good Night America. I’m not even convinced that will stop it from declining farther.

P. Logan on February 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Wait a minute! That was a daughter of a member of ‘the ruling class’!

There are “different” rules for them!

GarandFan on February 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

She attempted to pay the fare with two different credit cards. After both were declined, she stated that she would pay cash but would also “report [the driver] to the taxi cab commission because . . . the credit card machine was not working properly.”

On another note, this is very poor writing.

Woman attempted to pay with 2 different credit cards. BOTH WERE DECLINED. Don’t know about you, but in my world, “DECLINED” means that the cards were read – and rejected because the holder was over their credit limit.

If that was so (which would explain why she offered 2 different cards), then obviously the credit card machine was “working”.

GarandFan on February 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

…if we lose the House or don’t win the Senate… Duh, sorry.

P. Logan on February 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM

As a new poster, I try to hit each headline every day. I’d like to post something that might help or convince a lib-troll to see another side, but with every headline I’m convinced if we lose the don’t win the Senate…Good Night America. I’m not even convinced that will stop it from declining farther.

P. Logan on February 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM

imo. Though debate can be healthy at times, Hot Air is not really the place to convince lib commenters. IT IS fun tho- to chat with like-minded patriots who are on the front lines (of battle) every day. The commenters here provide invaluable information- anecdotes, research and conversations- about the issues of the day.
Stick around!

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The obvious solution is for DC to provide limos to Council members’ family members.
I man, the rest of us can cope with the taxis, but our betters are just so precious.

Kenosha Kid on February 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM

The obvious solution is for DC to provide limos to Council members’ family members.
I man, the rest of us can cope with the taxis, but our betters are just so precious.

Kenosha Kid on February 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM

How about a police motorcade like the Queen of Texas gets?

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I’ve noticed the recent open reg is not bringing more hits…

OmahaConservative on February 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

…wait until the elections get closer

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

It’s a real shame that Ms. Cheh’s daughter wasn’t packing heat so that she could defend herself. Being victims, and forcing victimhood on others, is what democrats do best.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

“A gaffe-prone, race-baiting autocrat-appeaser who believes she’s royalty?”

Kenosha Kid on February 21, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Currently you can fly SFO to LAX on Southwest for $58.

$68 Billion / $58 = 1.72 Billion fares.

Sure the $58 ticket is low. But what will the real cost of the rail project be by the time it’s done. And then you still buy a ticket to ride the thing — maybe, just maybe $58. But probably more.

Then again, some guys really, really like trains. So there’s that.

Kenosha Kid on February 21, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Just can’t get that worked up over this. When I used to live in nyc, a couple of friends and I took a cab from Manhattan to Brooklyn to crash at a friend’s hohse after a night out. We reviewed our cash situation and realized we had only slightly more than the fare. My friend got out telling the guy we were going to get more cash after already putting the money to pay the fare in the pay slot. The guy must’ve thought we were trying to skip the fare because he backed up, knocking my 2nd friend down and took off with me in the car. I yelled at the driver that the money was in his pay slot and we were trying to get more for a tip. He popped a u turn two blocks away, counted the money then unlocked the door and told me to get out.

Not much different than this nonsense except I don’t have any politicians in the family.

njrob on February 21, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Yeah, DC taxi drivers are the worst. They tell me that there are all sorts of crazy rules they have to follow that make it almost impossible for them to make money.

Plus 95% of them are Muslims from places like Djibouti, which only adds fuel to the fire. I’ve been in many physical altercations with them.

The Russians control BWI though. Which is weird.

WhatSlushfund on February 21, 2014 at 1:53 AM

LOL, one time, this was like two years ago, this driver I had felt that some woman had cut him off, so he got into a mile-long chase with her and was seriously trying to run her off the road, and was shouting obscenities at her, and was throwing stuff out of his car like coffee cups at her car.

LOL. Welcome to our nation’s capital. What a frickin zoo.

WhatSlushfund on February 21, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Oh yeah, and, relating to the story, take some good advice from a long-time Washingtonian: NEVER EVER use a credit card in a DC area cab. You’re begging to be ripped off. This chick was probably drunk, got a Muslim driver, and was dumb enough to use a credit card.

WhatSlushfund on February 21, 2014 at 2:21 AM

And then there was the interesting case of the dude who shot the Muslim cab driver in retaliation while wearing a wet suit and a blonde wig. I really want to write a book about this guy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/12/AR2010031204140.html

WhatSlushfund on February 21, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Long live Uber

Ahem.

righty45 on February 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Anything that CRUSHES Unions – No Matter HOW it does it…..is Great…

If It Makes Union Bosses and/or Members “Disappear”……..it’s my first choice……

williamg on February 21, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Most of the DC city council is corrupt. Many of the cab drivers are crooked too, so I doubt either party is blameless.

zoyclem on February 21, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Well, nothing like living under the rules you pass.

Is there.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

So as long it no e-fuk you or you vewy precious offspring, every one else, live with it. Right?

cabra viejo on February 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Cheh’s been a strong supporter of uber. And, if the cabbie had been living under the rules, the incident never would have happened.

Were you around for the zone system? I much prefer it to the current meter system.

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I wish DC nannies had never meddled in the zone system.
Cabbies are getting desperate. Think they’ll ever vote conservative?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM

The zone system was the ultimate nanny meddling. Ever notice how dirt cheap it was for lobbyists, congresspeople and other power brokers to get from downtown to the Hill or Union Station? Conversely, if you lived outside the central zone, or were a poor tourist, or coming in from the airport, it was very easy for a cabbie to cheat you. Like most conservatives, you like nannying when it benefits you.

Plus 95% of them are Muslims from places like Djibouti, which only adds fuel to the fire. I’ve been in many physical altercations with them.

The Russians control BWI though. Which is weird.

WhatSlushfund on February 21, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Many physical confrontations? Do tell.

FWIW, DC’s Uber is currently thriving

urban elitist on February 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

I had my debit card rejected once. Cause there wasn’t anything in it to debit.

BigAlSouth on February 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM

righty45 on February 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You say you are a righty? I wonder.

From the article you linked:

Given everything we know about Uber’s shark CEO and the company’s general fanatical free market indifference towards the people it services, it’s hard to imagine this was some rogue initiative of startup bullying. Corporate culture, poison or positive, always comes from somewhere—and all’s fair in love and Ayn Rand book clubs.

jaime on February 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Let me solve the mystery for you. He is not. As a matter of fact, he’s a lefty sock puppet. His comments on Hot Air center on social justice, gay rights and attacking the Conservative commenters. His normal line of reasoning is, “If you truly believe this, then you must accept my assertion of this …” Pick a topic, he’ll apply it.

And he’s a moron. I’ve seen him ask a question, get it answered and then act like it wasn’t to keep his assertion going. One of the worst here. You can tell by the hack site he linked to he’s an idiot.

hawkdriver on February 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM

FWIW, DC’s Uber is currently thriving

urban elitist on February 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Great, Healthcare under the ACA isn’t. You were such a great proponent of the law. Where the heck have you been to explain this mess to us?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

She must not have brought her Nomenklatura Membership Card.

Akzed on February 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM

GarandFan on February 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I agree about the poor writing, though it is possible to have a charge not go through and the person operating the machine will tell you it was “declined”. Many credit card reader operators are not as smart as the card they’re swiping.

Cheh’s been a strong supporter of uber.

urban elitist on February 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Ahah! I smell a fish.

GWB on February 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

in which police declined to arrest the driver,

Proper respect for Islam saves a lot of trouble.

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Ever notice how dirt cheap it was for lobbyists, congresspeople and other power brokers to get from downtown to the Hill or Union Station? Conversely, if you lived outside the central zone, or were a poor tourist, or coming in from the airport, it was very easy for a cabbie to cheat you. Like most conservatives, you like nannying when it benefits you.

urban elitist on February 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Weak.

The airport was $20 either way – zone or meter. The same lobbyists, etc. going from Union Station to Dupont in one zone also paid for three zones going from the Iraq Embassy side of the Dupont Circle three blocks to 21st and P.

bettycooper on February 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

GarandFan on February 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

some POS terminals will show declined when they cannot connect to the processor service due to an issue on the processor end. trying the second usually done to rule out an actual issue with the first card.

dmacleo on February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

The solution to this is to create a commission to study the problem, then create a department to handle it. More government is usually the best course of action.

KMC1 on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I wish DC nannies had never meddled in the zone system.

Cabbies are getting desperate. Think they’ll ever vote conservative?

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM

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The zone system was the ultimate nanny meddling. Ever notice how dirt cheap it was for lobbyists, congresspeople and other power brokers to get from downtown to the Hill or Union Station? Conversely, if you lived outside the central zone, or were a poor tourist, or coming in from the airport, it was very easy for a cabbie to cheat you.

urban elitist on February 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

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Holy BALLS . . . I believe you just made a case against your ‘socialized-government’ Democrats.
Unless you’re claiming that most of these lobbyists and “power brokers” are NRA Reps.
.

Like most conservatives, you like nannying when it benefits you.

urban elitist on February 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

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No, we just want unregulated capitalism.

listens2glenn on February 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

“…to maintain a monopoly for cab drivers who yell at you and won’t accept anything but cash.”

And drive as slow as molasses in January. I cringe when I inadvertently end up behind a DC cabbie. I could walk faster than they drive.

NavyMustang on February 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM