A New York City taxi driver sparked a mini international incident on Wednesday when he refused to take the visiting mayor of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, to her hotel in the Bronx.
Carmen Yulin Cruz said she hailed a yellow taxi in Manhattan. After traveling for a few blocks, the cabbie said he would not go any further. Cruz said the driver claimed to not know where the hotel was and refused to go to the Bronx.
“As we are about $3.50 into the cab fare, he told out, ‘You’re going to the Bronx. Well, I don’t know how to get there,’” Cruz told reporters. “I said, ‘What do you mean you don’t know how to get there? I gave you the address.’”
She said a second cabbie did go to the Bronx but complained the entire trip.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was raised in San Juan, condemned the driver’s behavior and promised an investigation.
Taxi drivers are required to take passengers to any address in the city.