Sorry, I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday. I was tired from being up late Wednesday night thanks to the Toronto Police Services.
Taxis in Toronto have a little yellow light on the back, next to a sticker that says "Call 911 if this is flashing." It's a discreet panic button for when they get robbed or assaulted.
I was biking home last night, and a taxi went through an intersection with its light flashing. So I called 911, saying "a taxi just went past me going east on Queen St with its "panic light" flashing. I saw it at Queen & Sherbourne streets, and it's probably at Parliament St by now. It's a red/yellow taxi, Co-op I believe, plate number ****." I gave a few more details, the 911 operator took my information, thanked me, and I rode home.
Just when I was getting home, the police called me back. Apparently the driver denied having the light flashing, and the cops hounded me, insuating that I’d made a false 911 call! They kept me on the line for a long time arguing, and I didn't get to bed until around 1:30 because of it.
How annoying is that? You try to help, and get more trouble! It's even worse than when I gave that abused topless girl my t-shirt a few weeks ago, and my friend went to the police.
Why do I bother?