Cab Drivers Are Now Physically Yanking People Out of the Backseat Rather Than Driving Them to Brooklyn

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Anyone who has ever tried to get a taxi to Brooklyn knows that it's a dicey proposition. Many cabbies will refuse even though they're legally required to take you, and rather than climb in the backseat of a car with a hostile driver, oftentimes you'll feel obligated to wait until you find someone friendly who will take you willingly. Not so with Amanda and Michelle, both 31, who decided to draw the line when a driver began screaming "No! No! No!" at them when they asked to be taken to Bedford-Stuyvesant from midtown Manhattan.

"I kept saying, 'You have to. It's the law,' " recounted Michelle, who works for an Internet company. "He kept screaming at us to 'get out, get out,' but we wouldn't."

"Then he said, 'You're gonna be sorry!' and took off up Sixth Avenue," she added.

"He was driving erratically, doing the 'gas-and-brake' thing, going in and out of lanes," said Amy, an editor. "He was swearing, calling us 'bitches.' He was very angry." The driver then turned onto 48th Street, the women said, and pulled over. He got out, popped his hood and tried to lure them out of the cab, telling them the cab was "broken," they said. When his passengers didn't fall for it, he got back behind the wheel, drove another few feet and stopped again. He flung open the back door and then lunged when he saw he was being videotaped on a cellphone.

Watch the below video to see what happens when the driver, Paul Efobi, tries to haul them out of the cab physically.

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