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And yellow is always the theme, even on dark days. One driver was ticketed for talking in his cab about his brother-in-law’s death - even though (a) he didn’t have a passenger and (b) he wasn’t driving.

Being fined for failing to sit down and shut up is almost worse than a thought crime. Rather than telling people what to say, the government punishes them for saying anything.

“If they’re going to keep on doing this, I have to get another job,” another driver said. “They’re taking money left and right from drivers.”

In an ideal world, the Taxi and Limousine Commission would shut up as well as down. That would be some real TLC.

Windsor Mann is a writer living in Washington.