To think during the Obama Depression one could sympathize with a man making a living driving a cab 50 hours a week to support his family, but not when you cross the Gay Mafia:
THIS man does not deserve to be treated like a crim inal.
Cabby Medhat Mohamed is the new poster boy for sexual intolerance in this libertine city. He's been branded by Council Speaker Christine Quinn as potentially the biggest bigot ever to scar the populace. Mayor Bloomberg labeled the distressed driver a "disgrace."
Mohamed faces the indignity of having his cab license yanked by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. He's already lost his job.
But Medhat Mohamed is no bigot, and he's not a disgrace.
He's also not a prude, a gay basher, a homophobe or the more colorful invective that's been lobbed in his direction by a chorus of yuppies with a large bone to pick.
All Mohamed did, he insists, was ask a gay couple to halt their hot-and-heavy antics in the back of his taxi. When they refused, he asked them to leave.
Mohamed says the couple's behavior was so distracting, he feared he might have an accident.
And now, after all the noise and bother, he would kick them out again.
"Losing your job, or losing your life -- which one is better?" he told me.
New York City cab drivers have a hard enough time making a living as it is, putting up with a low salary, often reckless bicycle messengers, traffic laws, stopping for jaywalkers/pedestrians, insane Taxi & Limousine Commission fines, etc. Regardless of who's in the back seat, it's a perfectly reasonable request to ask two people in the back of your cab to stop going at it, especially since safety should always be the cabby's priority. Folks need to rally around Medhat Mohamed.