Yet Another NYC Cabbie Commits Suicide

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A man found dead in the backseat of a car in Queens is now the ninth cabbie to commit suicide in a little over a year in the city.

Police found the man in the backseat of a car parked outside Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale early Saturday morning.

Police say he appeared to have ingested or breathed in some kind of substance.

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The NYPD told WCBS 880 that they found a note in the vehicle, but they wouldn’t say what the note said.

The man is the ninth cabbie in New York to commit suicide in just over a year – the morbid result of what the Taxi Workers Alliance calls an unfair system.

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Just this past week, union members went to Albany to protest a new surcharge tacked on to cab rides in Manhattan south of 96th Street.

They claim the fee will bring a 30 percent drop in revenue and have dubbed it the “suicide tax.”