Taxi Drivers Still Ahead of Kaiser Patients?

I had so hoped for a better update to this story I wrote a while back but, so far, not so good. I even sent the link to their head office. Apparently they don’t think it’s important enough.

Taxi Driver Reading the Paper

I was on my way in to get some medication and look what we have here.  Now, if he was there to pick up a patient I would have been cool and that, while still irritating, would have at least been understandable, but, he was kicking back and reading the frickin’ newspaper!

I couldn’t even make it to the door before my blood started boiling. I whipped around, grabbed my camera and had a rage fest of picture taking. Now everyone can see just how ugly this situation is!

Full scene of my pet peeve

Gratified after getting my photo evidence of this continuing atrocity, I went in to get the medicine and continued to bitch to the people behind the counter. It’s not their fault and it’s not their doing, but they are the sounding board. The nice young man behind the counter said, “oh, those stalls are reserved for them.”

“I know they are,” I responded, “THAT is the problem!”

Cars at Kaiser Urgent Care

By the time I got back outside, the cars of other Kaiser clients were still trying to untangle themselves in the tiny space (no, my car is not there) and the taxi was gone. Guilt! Of course, peeking at me from over his newspaper while I was taking his picture couldn’t have been very comfortable. He was reading the classified section… maybe he was looking for another job. Good idea!

What’s the update? No change. As I was leaving another car was beeping at me because he was trying to turn in to join this picture — a good-size SUV too! I bet he parked in the stalls marked for the taxis. I hope so. I left, still breathing hard and trying not to let it turn into road rage.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 M.R. Field // Jun 28, 2007 at 2:50 am

    It is good to see posts across the Home Turf Network talking about traffic, pedestrians, and other transit issues. This is an issue in every community. Plus, I do not feel so alone when I push public transit on the Around Des Moines site. What this post raises, indirectly, is the question that all locations need to solve. That is, which form of transit should have the highest priority? People who drive their own vehicles, want the convenience of nearby parking. People who walk, want doorways convenient to sidewalks. Bicyclists need places to lock their bikes. Taxi drivers need to be visible to their customers. When I was living in the Boston area, I would miss buses because a pharmacy I used sometimes gave priority to motorists using the drive-through service. This meant I lost not only the time it took to provide service to the other customer, but also the 30 minutes it took for the next bus to arrive. If the motorist were to wait for me to be served first, he or she would have lost 5 minutes at the most.

  • 2 Evelyn // Jun 28, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Hello, M.R. Field! Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Yes, we do have a problem here with too many people and too many cars. This particular situation however, is people trying to park and get into the clinic. Those two stalls used to be for patients. The problem is that security got tired of chasing the taxis away from the front of the hospital. My original comment in the original post about this situation is that they might consider looking for a new security company that doesn’t mind doing their job so much. Maybe the taxi driver can share that page of classifieds with the security guard! I just feel that the clinic is being unreasonable by allowing first preference to go to a loser taxi company. I will NEVER call this taxi company. Ever. Apparently you have a problem with preference being given in the wrong place too! They need to ask us about these things! Thanks again! 🙂

  • 3 Steph // Jul 18, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Hi Evelyn,

    My husband and I had an issue with a security guard over a parking spot once, and while not the same as yours, it was a doozy! We were looking for a parking space at Tower Records during their going out of business sale, and when one opened up, we grabbed it, only to be told by some mall security guard that we were going to *have* to move because we allegedly cut off another guy who was going for the same spot. Sorry, but we were ahead of him. I tried to explain this to the security guard, but he made US move instead of this rich moron who wanted the spot we’d already taken. I know it sounds petty, but I hope someone caught the security guard who did that to us and canned him!

  • 4 Evelyn // Jul 18, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Hey Steph,

    It doesn’t sound petty at all! I have been petty and irritable about this situation for a long time and I almost got into a physical altercation with the guard just yesterday. I don’t care how wrong you may be, I don’t care how much of a b*tch you’re being, NO lame security guard has the right to lay a hand on you! Yes, that happened yesterday and I’m still very unhappy about it. I reported it but that doesn’t take away the anger. Like I said, I’m the petty one. You sound like you had every right to be upset!

    You have no idea how timely your comment is! Thank you so much for reading, so much for visiting and SO much for your comment! I think I just might have a good day afterall! 🙂

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