Taxi Drivers Share Their "Follow That Car" Stories--And We're Buckling In
If you're a fan of action films or romantic comedies, then you've definitely seen at least one take on the classic "follow that car!" scenario. At some point in the film, someone is jumping into the back seat of a cab and excitedly pointing while telling the cabbie to just follow that car. Sometimes the cabbie jumps into action. Sometimes they just stare at the protagonist like they've lost it. In some films we're chasing down the love of our life before they reach the airport and fly away for forever! In some we're speeding through the streets in pursuit of the baddie. We see it in movies - but there's no way it ever happens in real life, right?
One Reddit user asked:
Taxi drivers - have you been asked to 'follow that car'? If so, what happened?
The responses weren't all from taxi drivers - we guess this is a thing that happens in non-taxi life as well. Who knew? Here are some of our favorite responses.
Taxi followed my car. When my driver understood it- he started driving faster. So when we reached our destination, other taxi stopped near us and my brother came from it and said that I forgot my phone!
His V8 Performance Sedan
A woman got in my cab and asked me to follow her husband's car as she suspected he was going to see another woman.
I was in a clapped out six cylinder and his was a V8 performance sedan. Lost him after a few blocks.
She wasn't impressed.
I work in the taxi industry, drivers will not comply with things like this. Any "follow that car" or "drive fast let's get out of here" gets a customer kicked out.
Chasing The Train
Not a car, but followed a train once. Picked up a fare at a train station who had missed his train. Got him two stops down the line (about 5 or 6 miles away) so he could make it on. Had to drive pretty fast.
Follow Cab, Meet Future Wife
I was on shore leave in Perth. I went to a night club with my friend. He met couple of girls but they were ignoring me. I finally told him I was leaving and would he stay or go. He was staying of course.
I hopped in a cab and asked the driver if there were any good night clubs away from the city. He recommended one called Doors and off we went. We stopped at a light on the Horse Shoe Bridge and I asked him if he knew of any place to meet girls. He looked at me then pointed past me. In the turn lane was a taxi full of girls yelling and waving at me. When the light changed I said "Follow that Cab!" I ended up a block from where I caught the taxi. The door man asked for a cover charge from me. The 4 girls laid into him about how the club never charged when the Fleet was not in and he relented and let us past. Some of the guys I worked with were already in the club, and their jaws drop to see me roll in with four beautiful women. One of the Girls grabbed me to dance and would not let me go. The other guys started hitting on the other girls but they weren't having it. The local girls gave those sailors a clinic in rejection.
The party of girls broke up. Me, my date and her best friend left and went to Doors. We ditched the best friend after much alcohol consumption and eventually ended up back at her place. The next morning I could not remember her name, so when she her friend called to make sure she got home alright I snuck a look at her driver's license. Name, Age, Eye Color memorized. Then her friend asked to speak to me. Chit chatted for a bit and hung up. Found out later the friend was on the phone because the girl did not remember my name and the friend got it out of me.
That was nearly 20 years ago, we have been married for 18 with one son. We moved to America and her best friend also lives 20 minutes away
"Catch That Bus!" - Round 1
I took a bus to the airport and got off without my luggage. As soon as I realized, I ran to the nearest taxi and told the driver to catch that bus. The cabbie delivered. I caught the bus at the last stop before it left the airport, got the luggage and barely made my flight.
"Catch That Bus!" - Round 2
My friend left his bike on the front of a bus. We got in the nearest cab and told him to "catch that bus". I thought this was every taxi drivers dream, and that we would make the taxi drivers day.
He didn't give two sh!ts. Drove slow as f*ck towards the bus and didn't even make an effort to pass cars.
I told a cab driver to follow a car once. I was in the navy and we were out in the middle east where you couldn't have opposite genders in the same cab. We had some free time and wanted to go out, but needed to split up for drives. All over the place were red cabs for women and blue cabs for men. I got in blue cab with other dudes, the ladies and the one guy who was related to one of them got in the red. It was a bit stressful to have some of my liberty buddies in a separate vehicle.
Sober Vans And Fist BumpsGiphy
I'm an uber driver. 2 weeks into it I pick up a rider from a bar, and she asks, "are you up for something different tonight?"
Being the adventurous guy that I am, I say, "sure, what's your idea?"
She tells me she wants to pay me to follow a safe ride van that has her date in it. She thinks he was being different that night and wanted to see if he was going where he said he was. So of course I'm all in. We missed him getting dropped off and followed an empty van around quiet streets for almost a half hour, probably freaked out the driver. When we realize it's empty, I end her ride and start driving her home. But then I get another ride, so she did a ride along for a couple passengers before I was able to take her home.
Two weeks later, I pick her up during the day when she's sober and we fist bumped like old pals.
Easier For Drunk People
I followed the car ... and it turned out it is easier for a drunk person to just tell you to follow someone than it is for them to give directions.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.