Monday, March 15, 2010

"Mexico's Pink Taxis Cater to Fed-up Females," by Catherine Shoichet

(Photo and article courtesy: ABC NEWS and The Associated Press)

Creepy Cabbie Taxing Your Patience? Mexico's Women-Only Taxis Offer Safe, Pink Environment

Each pink taxi comes with a beauty kit, a GPS system and an alarm button.

The new fleet of 35 cabs in Mexico's colonial city of Puebla are driven exclusively by women and don't stop for men. The cabs cater especially to those tired of leering male drivers.

"Some of the woman who have been on board tell us how male taxi drivers cross the line and try to flirt with them and make inappropriate propositions," said taxi driver Aida Santos, who drives one of the compact, four-door taxis with a tracking device and an alarm button that notifies emergency services. "In the Pink Taxi they won't have that feeling of insecurity, and they feel more relaxed."

Women's rights activists are aghast at the cars' sugary presentation and said the service does not address the root of the harassment problem.

Read the remainder of the article HERE.

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