U.S. Comedian: Toronto Taxi Nearly Threw Me Out for Mentioning Uber

American comedian Hannibal Buress told talk show host Seth Meyers on NBC Late Night he was nearly thrown out of a Toronto taxi for mentioning Uber, during a ride last week at NBA All-Star Weekend.

Buress got into the cab with this cousin and were a few blocks away from where they were staying. The cabbie said it would be a “$20 flat rate” since it was a “van-cab”, but Buress said no and asked for the meter to be turned on.

The taxi driver relented and said he was having a good week, and offered to give Buress a free ride in a “condescending” way, because “I’ve had a good week and a good day, and I’m not going to let you ruin it.”

That’s when the comedian refused and said “I don’t want your free ride—that’s why Uber is crushing you guys,” which caused the taxi driver to snap and tell them both to “get out of my taxi right now.”

Check out the clip below:

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Toronto taxis originally planned a major strike during NBA All-Star Weekend, but canceled at the last minute, after city councillors got involved to cool things off.

[via CBC News]

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