Twittering Tales — Bad Timing

F2CA1BC7-53E6-4633-91EA-999C7530E8A2In 2009, Ramesh paid nearly a million dollars to purchase a taxi medallion. He thought he was set for life and he could pass the medallion on to his children, giving them a valuable inheritance.

Then Uber and Lyft came along and now that damn taxi medallion is close to worthless.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Wal_172619 @

20 thoughts on “Twittering Tales — Bad Timing

  1. Brendan Birth August 13, 2019 / 3:57 am

    This is a huge issue in New York City. Taxi drivers have committed suicide as a result of what has happened with the rise of Uber and Lyft.

    It seems like those two companies are useful in places where there is little or no taxi service. But in a place like NYC, all they seem to do is increase congestion and undermine yellow and green taxi drivers.

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    • Brendan Birth August 13, 2019 / 3:58 am

      Just to clarify, what has happened is what you describe here–medallions becoming worthless and medallion owners being left practically bankrupt.

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    • Fandango August 13, 2019 / 6:52 am

      They are everywhere and traffic is horrible.


  2. Shweta Suresh August 13, 2019 / 4:35 am

    Poor Ramesh. Hopefully, he still makes enough to get by even with all that tough competition. Great take on the prompt, Fandango!

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  3. Irene August 13, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Oh dear, what a sad story, especially since it is based on facts.


  4. Kat Myrman August 13, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    Wow! I learned something new. Living in a rural area I have no idea when it comes to urban transit. Makes me think of the cashiers now jobless as stores and fast food places set up self serve checkouts and kiosks. All of our McDonalds got makeovers eliminating the need for inside cashiers.

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  5. anuragbakhshi August 13, 2019 / 9:35 pm

    The price of progress. Sigh! Though Uber has been a blessing for commuters like me due to reduced cost and enhanced convenience and comfort, I can understand the pain it would be causing to the regular taxi drivers, and the resulting resentment.

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  6. leigha66 August 13, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    I actually know two Uber and Lyft drivers and the problem is too many drivers out there most of the day, much more than what is needed in this size town. I imagine in bigger cities it is a problem for the taxi drivers. We only have a part time taxi service here (runs limited hours).

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  7. willowdot21 August 14, 2019 / 1:46 am

    It is the price of progress we have the same problems with Uber here in the UK. The Black Taxi Cab drivers hate the Uber drivers …good post. 💜

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