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Chauffeur Suicide Rallies The Taxi, Black Car Industries

Posted on February 14, 2018
Douglas Schifter, 61, was at least the second New York driver-for-hire in recent months to commit suicide, motivated, at least in part, by economic desperation. (photo: Black Car News)
Douglas Schifter, 61, was at least the second New York driver-for-hire in recent months to commit suicide, motivated, at least in part, by economic desperation. (photo: Black Car News)

Before daybreak one morning this week, 61-year-old Douglas Schifter posted a note on Facebook in which he excoriated politicians and corporations for deregulating his industry and destroying his ability to make a living as a car-service driver in New York. "I will not be a slave working for chump change," he wrote. "I would rather be dead."

Los Angeles Times article here

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