Cabbie sneers at road wary: 'I'm from Buffalo'

February 11, 2010|By Nick Madigan and Leeann Adams

Samuel Rosado is the sort of cabdriver who takes pride in his work. And that's putting it mildly.

When the streets are filled with snow and the air with howling wind, that's when Rosado displays his mettle. Last weekend, he worked right through the storm, he said, and in three days made $1,000.

"These roads are really bad," he said Wednesday, in the middle of the second snowstorm in less than a week, as he waited for a fare outside Baltimore's Penn Station. "But since I'm from Buffalo [N.Y.], I'm not afraid of this."

Waving his hand at the turbulent elements with disdain, he sneered, "This is nothing compared to Buffalo."

Rosado's bravado extends to disparaging other cabbies, particularly those from subtropical climes. "They're chicken, they're afraid, they're not used to this," he said. "I have the experience."

When the flakes start to come down, Rosado went on, "the cabdrivers here, they leave the customer behind."

He, however, is of a different ilk. "I'm here every single day, giving customers the service they need," said Rosado, who was attired in a wildly colorful sweat shirt and knit hat. "That's why I'm here, to take care of them. And they take care of me, of course."

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