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NYC Cabbie Who Blamed Uber, Lyft for Financial Woes Commits Suicide

HeadlineMar 22, 2018

In New York City, advocates for taxi workers say an immigrant cab driver committed suicide as he faced financial ruin due to a shift away from yellow cabs and toward ride-hailing app-based services like Uber and Lyft. Sixty-five-year-old Nicanor Ochisor, who drove a New York City yellow cab for nearly 30 years, was found hanged to death from a wooden beam in a Queens garage last Friday. Ochisor owned a taxi medallion and shared driving duties with his wife, who picked up morning shifts, while he worked evenings, in an unsuccessful struggle to make ends meet. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance says Ochisor’s death is the fourth such suicide of a driver in recent months. In February, livery car driver Douglas Schifter killed himself outside the gates of City Hall, after writing in a suicide note posted to Facebook, “I will not be a slave working for chump change. I would rather be dead.”

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