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Thursday, May 10, 2021

New York City cabs will soon be accepting credit/debit cards, despite vehement opposition from the cabbies over the infrastructure costs they’ll incur.

If the hacks need any extra convincing that this development will end up making them more money in the long term, here it is:

I’ll start taking cabs more often than I do now. My current average is about never, so nowhere to go but up.

By necessity of City dwelling, I always have some cash on hand. But I’m loathe to drop too big a wad of it at once, like in a taxi. I’d rather spend the money electronically, via plastic.

And I’m just the tip of the iceberg. Generation Plastic, aka twentysomethings, are habitual small-ticket credit card users, so you’d better believe they’ll enthusiastically pull out their cards when it comes time to pay the fare.

Plus, there’s the interactive map lookup and news service to keep the riders occupied. What more can you ask for?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/10/2021 11:08:36 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Tech
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What better way to kick off the 2007 Boston Pops season than by a second-balcony shoving/wrestling match, duly dubbed “The Brawl at Symphony Hall”?

Matthew Ellinger told the Globe this afternoon that another concertgoer hit him in a balcony at Symphony Hall after he asked the man to stop talking during the performance.

“People with a temper like that aren’t really safe in society,” Ellinger said. “If a guy is going to lose his temper at the symphony when somebody asks him to stop talking, that’s just not cool. If I were to let that go, I would be doing nobody any service.”

The ruckus briefly interrupted the performance by conductor Keith Lockhart.

I’m thinking that Vibe Magazine will be looking to acquire the sponsorship rights for the Pops’ 2008 season.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/10/2021 10:03:06 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Society
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