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Al Roker says cab driver didn’t pick him up because he’s Black

Al Roker at The Moet & Chandon Suite at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

Al Roker at The Moet & Chandon Suite at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

While out with his teenage son, longtime “Today” show weatherman Al Roker was attempting to hail a taxi cab when he was supposedly snubbed. On Saturday night, he sent out a series of tweets voicing his outrage and claimed that he was ignored by the cabbie because he is Black.

“Filed a complaint today after getting passed up again by a NYC Yellow cab. Cabbie picked up a white guy a block away. Wonder why Uber wins?” Roker wrote on his Twitter page.

Photo source: Al Roker's Twitter

“This happens to folks of color every day. And while most cabbies do their job, there are those ignorant, racist ones who hurt the others,” the 61-year-old continued. “What really hurts, my 13 yr. old boy was with me and asked why the cabbie passed us. I said, ‘Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices.’”

Photo source: Al Roker's Twitter

Taxi and Limousine Commission chair Meera Joshi released a statement to NY Daily News assuring that the company will investigate Roker’s case.

“Service refusal goes to the core of the taxi industry’s social contract with the riding public and it will not be tolerated,” she said. “We’re grateful that Mr. Roker took the time to file a complaint, and I can assure him that we will investigate this thoroughly and take every appropriate action.”



3 Comments

  1. Adrian on November 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Apparently there are a number of solutions for this problem; two that come to mind are Uber and Lyft. Let’s see what those same cab drivers do now.

  2. guest on November 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I remember the self imposed cab strike in NYC a few years back was one of the most pleasant days I can remember. There was half the traffic and terrible drivers on the road.

  3. KnutesNiche on November 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    “Roker also described how the situation was made worse since he was accompanied by his teenage son Nick. “What really hurts, my 13 yr. old by was with me and asked why the cabbie passed us. I said, “Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices.”

    Yes, it is true some ppl make ignorant choices.

    Makes me wonder how Mr. Roker responded to his son when asked, “Dad, why do so many of today’s African American music performers hatefully characterize our moms, sisters, grandmas, daughters, aunts and nieces as less than human *itches and *hores unworthy of respect?”

    Black *(Children’s)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; *End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect*; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations
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