Dude’s Guide to Taxi Manners in Korea

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My super scared elevator friend (see previous post) and I were talking about how Korea is “supppppper scary” (insert eye roll here). And the conversation turned to one of the scariest places for Korean girls: taxis. Now, aside from foreigners getting ripped off, 98% of taxi rides end with no problems. But I do agree that this can be a scary situation for girls as I’ve heard several harassment stories from girls that I know personally (nothing too serious though, just drivers being creepy). It sucks, but it’s part of the reality here. I guess cabbies get lonely, you know?

Anyway, I always thought I was pretty good with taxi manners. I would (sometimes) walk a girl out (if I liked her enough) and flag a cab down and open the door for her. And I’d always say: “hey, text me when you get home.” And that would be about it. After, I would hold my head high and be like… “Yo, Keith…. You’re so thoughtful!” (Only half kidding ;))

But damn yo, my friend blew me out of the water with her step-by-step guide! This is real chivalry in 2013, my friends. I was thinking about keeping this to myself to… you know… be awesome by myself. But how can I call myself your homie if I aiin’t share the good stuff ;). Here it is:

(Note: Use this guide for your girlfriends, just friends and all the awkward stuff in between.)

  1. Flag down a taxi for girl – Obvious… girls arms get mad tired.
  2. Tell cabbie where to go – Get the destination from the girl and tell it to the taxi driver. This will (a) let the driver know that you know where he’s supposed to be and (b) make you look like chivalry king by saving girl’s mad tired voice as well.
  3. Take pic of license plate and/or taxi credentials – Taking pictures of these things will let the taxi driver know that you aiin’t joking around. And you got something to take to the police if something ever does happen.
  4. Tell girl to text you when she gets home – to confirm of course. If no text, you can always text first to ask.

Of course the best way to make sure a girl is safe is to take the taxi with her. That’s easy if she’s on the way to your house or she lives near you. But the ultimate chivalrous move is when she lives on the opposite end of the city and you take it with her and then go all the way back. Most dudes will only do this for girlfriends, or chicks they’re trying to impress. And if she’s semi-interested in you, you just scored some brownie points my friend. If she’s not interested in you, she pwns you pretty bad buddy.

9 thoughts on “Dude’s Guide to Taxi Manners in Korea

  1. Omg, you are hilarious! Girls’ voices and arms get mad tired, haha! Do people really take pictures of license plates and credentials though? That seems like such an awkward action to try to slip in casually after telling the taxi where to go!

  2. Rezuri says:

    Regarding the “scared elevator friend,” try thinking about it for a second. She’s alone in an enclosed space with a stranger who is a) bigger and b) stronger than her. She doesn’t know what he wants, she doesn’t know what he’ll do. So if she’s in an elevator and he decides to hit the emergency stop button? She’s up Shit Creek without a paddle my friend.

    One time I was walking down the street and a guy who looked me up and down and said “Hi sweetheart,” because it was apparently really important to him that I know he found me desirable. Never mind my feelings or desires, it was super duper important he put that out there to be known. And then he got pissed off at me when I didn’t reward his creeptacular behaviour with a smile/thanks/an offer to f*ck me, etc.

    Guys do this a lot. Women have to CONSTANTLY deal with and navigate unwanted male attention. So I’m not at all surprised about your friend’s elevator story. She’s not over-reacting at all.

  3. Cassandra D. says:

    Wow – the guide is simple, like my roommate’s boyfriend. – But, unlike my roommate’s boyfriend, I think it will work. I’d certainly be impressed.
    You should update us, when you try it out…let us know how it went :)

    -Cass

    P.S. That Chivalry Meme made me laugh like my roommate’s boyfriend with a kitten.

  4. Stefanie says:

    Very true! I thought my hubby was being paranoid when he did this while we were dating. It turns out he does it for all of his friends of the female persuasion. I had no idea how thoughtful he was!! He was also insistent that I make it a point to take a picture of the license plate. These days I just ignore it since I take taxis generally in the day.

    Although, here is a tip fellas. If you have a new girlfriend and an old girlfriend is still using you as her “Report Missing if Not Texted Soon” person, you might want to tell her to back off. She might think you are still in a relationship and spread rumors that you are a two-timing whore. Just a thought ^^

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