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If you're a fan of action films or romantic comedies, then you've definitely seen at least one take on the classic "follow that car!" scenario. At some point in the film, someone is jumping into the back seat of a cab and excitedly pointing while telling the cabbie to just follow that car. Sometimes the cabbie jumps into action. Sometimes they just stare at the protagonist like they've lost it. In some films we're chasing down the love of our life before they reach the airport and fly away for forever! In some we're speeding through the streets in pursuit of the baddie. We see it in movies - but there's no way it ever happens in real life, right?

Wrong.


One Reddit user asked:

Taxi drivers - have you been asked to 'follow that car'? If so, what happened?

The responses weren't all from taxi drivers - we guess this is a thing that happens in non-taxi life as well. Who knew? Here are some of our favorite responses.


Phone Bro

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Taxi followed my car. When my driver understood it- he started driving faster. So when we reached our destination, other taxi stopped near us and my brother came from it and said that I forgot my phone!

- karmaofmyown

His V8 Performance Sedan

A woman got in my cab and asked me to follow her husband's car as she suspected he was going to see another woman.

I was in a clapped out six cylinder and his was a V8 performance sedan. Lost him after a few blocks.

She wasn't impressed.

- Partly_Dave

Nope

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I work in the taxi industry, drivers will not comply with things like this. Any "follow that car" or "drive fast let's get out of here" gets a customer kicked out.

- aremjay24

Chasing The Train

Not a car, but followed a train once. Picked up a fare at a train station who had missed his train. Got him two stops down the line (about 5 or 6 miles away) so he could make it on. Had to drive pretty fast.

- heebro

Follow Cab, Meet Future Wife

I was on shore leave in Perth. I went to a night club with my friend. He met couple of girls but they were ignoring me. I finally told him I was leaving and would he stay or go. He was staying of course.

I hopped in a cab and asked the driver if there were any good night clubs away from the city. He recommended one called Doors and off we went. We stopped at a light on the Horse Shoe Bridge and I asked him if he knew of any place to meet girls. He looked at me then pointed past me. In the turn lane was a taxi full of girls yelling and waving at me. When the light changed I said "Follow that Cab!" I ended up a block from where I caught the taxi. The door man asked for a cover charge from me. The 4 girls laid into him about how the club never charged when the Fleet was not in and he relented and let us past. Some of the guys I worked with were already in the club, and their jaws drop to see me roll in with four beautiful women. One of the Girls grabbed me to dance and would not let me go. The other guys started hitting on the other girls but they weren't having it. The local girls gave those sailors a clinic in rejection.

The party of girls broke up. Me, my date and her best friend left and went to Doors. We ditched the best friend after much alcohol consumption and eventually ended up back at her place. The next morning I could not remember her name, so when she her friend called to make sure she got home alright I snuck a look at her driver's license. Name, Age, Eye Color memorized. Then her friend asked to speak to me. Chit chatted for a bit and hung up. Found out later the friend was on the phone because the girl did not remember my name and the friend got it out of me.

That was nearly 20 years ago, we have been married for 18 with one son. We moved to America and her best friend also lives 20 minutes away

- sony1018

"Catch That Bus!" - Round 1

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I took a bus to the airport and got off without my luggage. As soon as I realized, I ran to the nearest taxi and told the driver to catch that bus. The cabbie delivered. I caught the bus at the last stop before it left the airport, got the luggage and barely made my flight.

- charles-danger

"Catch That Bus!" - Round 2

My friend left his bike on the front of a bus. We got in the nearest cab and told him to "catch that bus". I thought this was every taxi drivers dream, and that we would make the taxi drivers day.

He didn't give two sh!ts. Drove slow as f*ck towards the bus and didn't even make an effort to pass cars.

- Legin_666

Mixing Genders

I told a cab driver to follow a car once. I was in the navy and we were out in the middle east where you couldn't have opposite genders in the same cab. We had some free time and wanted to go out, but needed to split up for drives. All over the place were red cabs for women and blue cabs for men. I got in blue cab with other dudes, the ladies and the one guy who was related to one of them got in the red. It was a bit stressful to have some of my liberty buddies in a separate vehicle.

- JustAnIgnoramous

Sober Vans And Fist Bumps

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I'm an uber driver. 2 weeks into it I pick up a rider from a bar, and she asks, "are you up for something different tonight?"

Being the adventurous guy that I am, I say, "sure, what's your idea?"

She tells me she wants to pay me to follow a safe ride van that has her date in it. She thinks he was being different that night and wanted to see if he was going where he said he was. So of course I'm all in. We missed him getting dropped off and followed an empty van around quiet streets for almost a half hour, probably freaked out the driver. When we realize it's empty, I end her ride and start driving her home. But then I get another ride, so she did a ride along for a couple passengers before I was able to take her home.

Two weeks later, I pick her up during the day when she's sober and we fist bumped like old pals.

- Asskhole

Easier For Drunk People

I followed the car ... and it turned out it is easier for a drunk person to just tell you to follow someone than it is for them to give directions.

- low_penalty

H/T: Reddit

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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