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October 9, 2009
I don't know if the hockey player assaulted the cabdriver, if he's a rotten tipper, begrudging two dimes. But everybody should work a minimum-wage job sometime. Doing grueling work for little pay and less respect helps you empathize with McDonald's counter people, janitors mopping bathroom floors, and yes, cabdrivers.

An African American author once wrote of taking a cab, sure the white driver wouldn't believe she was a prominent writer going to a conference. But the driver, struggling poet himself, was excited. The writer recognized her prejudice--not thinking of a cabdriver as a potential writer. The two became friends.