San Diego Taxi Drivers Required To Pass Body Odor Test

Smelly Cab Drivers

Talk about an invasion of privacy. Smell is often cultural, one person’s funk is the scent of Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar body lotion to another person. If you don’t like how your cabbie smells, just put your hand on your upper lip and pretend like you’re in deep thought. From The Guardian:

Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Taxi drivers say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

For years, inspectors with the San Diego regional airport authority run down their checklist for each cabbie proof of insurance, functioning windshield wipers, adequate tire treads, good brakes. Drivers are graded pass, fail or needs fixing. Anyone who flunks the smell test is told to change before picking up another customer.

Leaders of the United Taxi Workers of San Diego union say the litmus perpetuates a stereotype that predominantly foreign-born taxi drivers smell bad. A 2013 survey of 331 drivers by San Diego State University and Center on Policy Initiatives found 94% were immigrants and 65% were from East Africa.

Drivers wonder how inspectors determine who reeks. Driver Abel Seifu, 36, from Ethiopia, suspects they sniff inconspicuously during friendly conversations in the staging area. Airport authority spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield said there is “no standard process” to testing.

-Dewan Gibson

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Chivalry: Bracing Her When She Falls While Making Out With You At Football Game

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I can’t watch this video without the sound of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” entering my head.

-Dewan Gibson

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Colombia’s Women’s Cycling Team’s New Uniforms: Flesh-Toned Camel Toe

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They’re taking it back to the Oaktown 357 days. Actually, MC Hammer used to wear this shit, too. (Jalopnik)

-Dewan Gibson

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Arizona Republican Party Vice Chairman: Women On Welfare Should Be Sterilized

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Not at all surprised, this is the same guy who authored the state’s immigration law, which pretty much required Latinos and Drake-skinned folks to carry citizenship papers at all times.

the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth control implants, or tubal ligations…Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want [to reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.

After the comments, Pearce resigned from his post as First Vice Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, but only because it’s an election year and the party wants to attract voters who aren’t loony. He’ll have another job come November 5. (TPM)

-Dewan Gibson

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Student To Obama During Visit: ‘I Wanted It To Be Beyonce’

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Why? It’s not like President Obama can’t dance. Well…

Obama Dancing on Ellen

-Dewan Gibson

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C-Murder, Convicted Murderer, Somehow Records Diss Song About Master P

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Free C-Murder! On second thought…nah.

-Dewan Gibson

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Stop Taking Selfies! (Because The Lox Said So)

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The Lox address the male selfie epidemic, but not until the end of the song when they chant “Stop takin’ selfies you bi*ch” (insert N-word with the cool “a” ending). Good advice, especially if you’re one of those guys who shows up shirtless and shiny each time I log on to Instagram.

-Dewan Gibson

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Old School Brotha Goes Off On Train Passenger Who Stepped On His Corns

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This guy might be kin to Otis The Security Guard from Martin. “Step on my corns again, it’s gone be some trouble…” (Followed by a Rick Flair “woooooo!”)

-Dewan Gibson

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Mike Tyson Goes Mike Tyson, Curses Out Reporter On Live TV

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Mike Tyson’s in Toronto to promote his one-man show and hang out with crackhead Mayor Rob Ford. During what was supposed to be a basic promo interview, jabroni reporter Nathan Downer asked Iron Mike about his past as an (always alleged to me) rapist and its influence on the mayoral election. Tyson’s eyes go crazy around the 0:38 mark, the rest of him shortly thereafter, you “rat piece of shit.”

Also, Tyson’s interview with Fox News discusses many of the reasons I believe he did NOT rape Desiree Washington:

-Dewan Gibson

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Burger King (Japan) Introduces All-Black-Everything Burger

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Black is highly appreciated in Japan, or maybe that’s just what I’ve gathered from watching their instructional videos with the important details blurred out. Hopefully we can get this burger to the U.S. by February:

Buns made from bamboo charcoal, an onion and garlic sauce made with squid ink, beef patties made with black pepper, and black cheese, which is also apparently made with bamboo charcoal.” (Kotaku)

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-Dewan Gibson

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