Some local cab company has had a brainwave: let's make sure AFL players get first priority for taxi cabs when they're out on the turps. Young, cashed up and under-educated footballers are already feted like heroes in this town. The resulting attitude problem is responsible for countless acts of violence such as rape and bashings. How will putting them further on a pedestal help this serious issue?
According to Yellow Cabs:
We think the public interest is best served by getting these role models off the street and into cabs quickly rather than them standing around getting baited and approached. (The Herald-Sun, 8/4/2005)
More importantly, what kind of role models can't be trusted to be out on the streets at night? Even the chief executive of the club in question doubts the ability of his young charges to behave, well, normally:
Perhaps we can take some of the temptation or the dangers of irresponsible thinking out of the players' grasp and push them towards a much more socially acceptable and obviously safer alternative. (The Herald-Sun, 8/4/2005)
I'd support this idea if the taxi cab service was "non-discretionary". That way, members of the public could call them in to promptly remove any AFL player who looked like he was about to kick off a drug and alcohol-fuelled spree.
I for one will not be using the Yellow Cabs any more. Not only will I have to wait longer for a cab so that some footy player can make his getaway from a street-brawl AND help subsidise millionaires' fares, but I'll have an increased risk of sitting in vomit, blood or semen - or risking a needle-stick injury. Yellow Cabs, you can keep your late, pricey, germy, risky service, thanks very much!
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