Similarly, on our shores, the myth dies hard. The most perdurable and certainly the most dreary is that of the cabdriver-philosopher. Our columnists still insist upon citing him as the perceptive 'diamond in the rough' social observer. Lucky Miller, a young cabdriver, has his say in this matter. 'A lot of drivers, they'll agree to almost anything the passenger will say, no matter how absurd. They're angling for that tip.
I forget what documentary it was, but I finally understood the Tom Friedman cab driver thing when he was filmed at a call center in India or similar (sorry, fuzzy memory) and he would say things in kind of a form of a question and then the people he was talking to would basically repeat it back to him.