About a month ago, some friends of mine and I caught a late movie. After the movie, we spent about half an hour trying to hail a cab. Many times, empty cabs whizzed by the four of us non-threatening-looking people standing outside a movie theater.
Eventually, we called a cab company to send us a cab.
Were the cabs that went by us already on the way to other places? If not, what's the deal?
Ps. Unrelated story: Back when I wrote for a living, one of my first freelance writing assignments was covering a computer hacking convention in New York. When I told my mother I was covering a hacker convention, she said "Taxicab drivers have conventions?"
And Justice Scalia wonders why some of us are skeptical of new textualism...