New Taxi Friend

I have a friend who lives in my complex (compound as they are called in China but that makes it sound too Waco, TX for me so I call it the complex) and another who lives down the street a few blocks away. We were off for brunch this weekend. When we go together, we make her a few blocks away pick up a taxi and head down the one way street to pick us up. She rolls up in the taxi, she is in the front seat and there is a man in the cab already in the back seat. What is going on?  Was I getting into a Chinese version of Cash Cab or something like that? She tell us just to get in and go with it for taxis were hard to get. Come to find out, the man is a friend of the taxi driver and just hanging out with him, of course we would get that taxi!  Strange, very strange we arrived at our destination and said goodbye to our new friend who we had to sit with in the back of the taxi with. He should really get in the front seat, it is a little weird sitting next to a stranger.

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