Police in St. Thomas are cracking down on the "pirate cabbies" menacing the city's grimy deeps for the crime of boarding and pillaging lawful merchant cabbies. Or, as it were, picking up passengers at bar closing time for $5 without a permit issued by the city.
“We are so concerned about it. They are breaking the law and the city's lucrative business selling permits to its partner monopolies in the taxi industry," said police spokesperson Const. Ander Nielsen…
…except that he actually said "it is dangerous for the passengers" instead of the permit and monopoly bit. Those same passengers who, apparently, have been judged incompetent to decide for themselves what service they want and from whom to get it without the self-serving intervention of politicians.
Nielsen added that "police were first tipped off by the taxi companies, frustrated over the loss of business." Odd, that. Also noting that police have "several officers dedicated to cracking down on the problem," he might also have added that they are not in the least bit embarrassed by it. Avast, mateys!