Cabbies Upset About Body Odor Smell Test
Cab drivers at San Diego’s airport have to pass a checklist of issues, including a body odor test. They don’t like it.
The 52-point checklist includes: proof of car insurance, windshield wipers that work, good tire treads, working brakes and no offensive body odor (video below).
However, the United Taxi Workers of San Diego union claims that the body odor “smell test” pushes a stereotype of foreign cab drivers smelling bad and is “racist.”
“They’re adults and they get trained to do this,” Sarah Saez, of the United Taxi Workers of San Diego, told KPBS. “They’re businesswomen and men so I don’t think you need to do something as demeaning as a regulator coming and smelling you and checking off boxes. It’s demeaning and it is borderline racist, I believe.”
The airport spokesperson says only about three drivers fail the smell test each year.[su_csky_ad]