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    calling to people

    “There is a strike on,” he said, slowing his cab, and calling to people on the street.


    hi there,
    i wonder what does the underlined text mean, please. a taxi driver is supposed to be called by people and not the other way round, right?
    thanks a lot.

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    Re: calling to people

    A strike took place, which, according to police estimates, involved at least between 5000-6000 participants. The strike caused traffic chaos throughout the city. The traffic came to a virtual standstill,

    which, as you can imagine, did not please the taxi driver.

    So he shouted angrily out of the window: '....' (call=say in a loud voice)

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    Re: calling to people

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    A strike took place, which, according to police estimates, involved at least between 5000-6000 participants. The strike caused traffic chaos throughout the city. The traffic came to a virtual standstill,

    which, as you can imagine, did not please the taxi driver.

    So he shouted angrily out of the window: '....' (call=say in a loud voice)
    hi there,

    thanks a lot. you are probably right, but i am still confused because the strike is carried out by the Public Transportation System of Toronto (buses and trains) and it benefits taxi drivers.

    more context follows:

    Beck Taxi driver Muhammed Imran has been dealing with upset customers since the strike kicked off at midnight.

    “There is a strike on,” he said, slowing his cab, and calling to people on the street.

    Imran said, “I’m just taking advantage.”

    if he's taking advantage of the situation, i wonder why he'd be shouting angrily at people on the streets. could it be that he's calling to people just to inform that a strike is going on?

    thanks again.

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    #4

    Re: calling to people

    You cannot always expect people to behave in an appropriate or sensible way.

    The taxi driver might be angry because the traffic has come to a standstill.

    OR

    He might be angry because he has been dealing with upset customers.

    BUT

    Since he said he was just taking advantage it probably means he is participating in the strike, having his share in the strike by calling to the people.

    'Calling' does not include a way of saying something in a angry way, it only implies that he is saying something loudly.
    'Angry' was just my interpretation of the situation without having any further context.
    Referring to the further context given by you in your second post I guess that he is having his share in the strike as I have explained above.

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    Re: calling to people

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi there,

    thanks a lot. you are probably right, but i am still confused because the strike is carried out by the Public Transportation System of Toronto (buses and trains) and it benefits taxi drivers.

    more context follows:

    Beck Taxi driver Muhammed Imran has been dealing with upset customers since the strike kicked off at midnight.

    “There is a strike on,” he said, slowing his cab, and calling to people on the street.

    Imran said, “I’m just taking advantage.”

    if he's taking advantage of the situation, i wonder why he'd be shouting angrily at people on the streets. could it be that he's calling to people just to inform that a strike is going on?
    He could simply be telling them that his taxi is available for hire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    He could simply be telling them that his taxi is available for hire.
    oh, it sounds quite good to me! makes a lot of sense now! thanks.

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    #7

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    RonBee!

    How much I love male logic!



    Why make matters simple when they could be complicated?!

    Thank you!


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    I'm glad I could help.

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    #9

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    Don't hide your light under a bushel, RonBee!
    You're too modest.


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