I think that what the taxi business as a whole has been doing for years has been wrong -- and now that it's falling apart, it's dumping the burden of that on the individual drivers, and telling the drivers that they can only protect themselves through violence, because the industry sure as hell isn't going to help them.
Taxis in most cities are artificial monopolies. Drivers have to pay in to get access to that -- the 240,000€ sum in Paris is actually not even close to the worst. (In New York, taxi medallions can easily run $1.3M) Individual drivers can't afford that, obviously, so they have to either rent medallions or take giant loans in order to buy their own. The profit went to the people owning the medallions.
This was a workable business for individual drivers for exactly as long as the monopoly was in place. And the business worked out just the way monopolies always did; taxi service is terrible. I expect that, when I get into a taxi in most places, at best the experience will be somewhat unpleasant; at worst, the driver may get lost, or attempt to cheat or rob me. If I try to call and order a taxi, that translates to "in 30 minutes, a taxi may or may not show up." Every bad thing I've ever heard said of Uber drivers has been no less (and no more) true of taxi drivers.
Uber has been basically breaking this monopoly. And from the perspective of everyone but the taxi industry, that's great; people get a (much) better service (much) cheaper.
For the taxi industry, it's a catastrophe, but a catastrophe of its own making: it's imploding because it's taken comfort in being a regulated monopoly for so long that it forgot how to compete. So it's going to collapse, and most of the jobs in it are going to disappear because the businesses are going to disappear.
However, unlike most monopolies, the taxi industry has done a very thorough job of pushing the risk onto its lowest-level employees, by treating them as not just contractors, but contractors who had to own a special zero-value item. (At least Uber drivers only have to own a car; if Uber folded tomorrow, they'd still have a car.) The taxi companies own shockingly little of the risk; they may go out of business, but it's the individual drivers who often have huge loans that won't magically disappear if the value of a medallion plummets.
And the taxi industry isn't making any attempt to help. I haven't seen a single taxi company anywhere attempt to compete with Uber on service. Nor to think through protections for its employees. Instead, it's telling its drivers that if they want to have any financial future at all, it's their responsibility to stop Uber.
And so what happens? Violence in the streets. Petty thuggery, because the industry wants to offload even the risk of fighting its foes onto its workers.
So I have exactly zero sympathy for the taxi industry. I have somewhat more sympathy for the drivers affected, but that's ultimately limited by the fact that none of what I described above was ever secret; the drivers got into this game knowing what it was. And it's even more limited when the taxi drivers' response seems to involve not just trying to shut down a city, but taking competing drivers hostage, or assaulting drivers and passengers alike.
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A friend had her mail stolen last Fall (not in the GANC area) and has been living a nightmare since. Last week LA police arrested the gang involved and recovered files and equipment used. Of interest was their M/O. After stealing some mail from her mailbox and others in the neighborhood the thieves created fake photo ID cards (CA driver's licenses) with their pictures on them.
They then went to the post office and placed a "vacation hold" on the victim addresses for a couple weeks. Then they would pick up the saved mail and have a treasure trove of information. Once they got social security numbers, bank accounts, and credit card numbers she, her siblings, and her parents were doomed.
Her home phone land-line was shut off and re-routed to a different address where it was converted to Magic Jack and then forwarded all calls to a stolen cell phone. When banks and credit card companies tried to call her to report suspicious activity the thieves would answer those calls and tell callers the charges and purchases were fine.
It got even more sophisticated when the thieves waited until 3 a.m. to call credit card companies and request additional cards and change of addresses. After 1 a.m. most companies route calls offshore and security is lax. The incoming calls to 800 numbers appeared to be from her phone number. On it goes! That was just the beginning. It can go on for years.
If your mail was stolen you might consider putting an alert on your credit with credit reporting agencies and watching your accounts very carefully. Take the same steps you would if your identity was stolen. They really aren't stealing your mail--but your identity information.
A post office box is the best answer--at USPS or a private place. Never put outgoing mail in your box. A really secure locking mailbox is another possible solution but most of them I have seen are a joke and will not stop a determined thief or even slow them down. If you find one please share it with the group.
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