*Al Roker’s alleged snub by a taxi driver has been put on blast by the “Today” show weatherman himself, who took to Twitter to air out what he believed was a racially motivated incident.
According to the New York Daily News, Roker, who of course is black, revealed that he filed a complaint on what happened. For Roker, the alleged snub is an all too frequent occurrence for people of color.
“Filed a complaint today after getting passed up again by a NYC Yellow cab. Cabbie picked up a white guy a block away. Wonder why Uber wins?” Roker tweeted to his 421,000 followers around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night (Nov. 21).
“This happens to folks of color every day. And while most cabbies do their job, there are those ignorant, racist ones who hurt the others…What really hurts, my 13 yr. old boy was with me and asked why the cabbie passed us. I said, ‘Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices.’”
At this time, It’s unknown where and when Roker’s alleged snub happened, the Daily New reports, adding that it received a statement from Taxi and Limousine Commission chair Meera Joshi that appeared to confirm Roker’s complaint.
“Service refusal goes to the core of the taxi industry’s social contract with the riding public and it will not be tolerated,” Joshi said. “We’re grateful that Mr. Roker took the time to file a complaint, and I can assure him that we will investigate this thoroughly and take every appropriate action.”
As for what’s next, Roker told his followers that he would keep them “posted” on the complaint. Regarding such grievances, the Daily News mentioned that some complaints can result in hearings between city officials and the customer.