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Real or Fake? Business Men Fight Over NYC Cab

Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
Two businessmen fighting for a cab in NYC.
Source: liveleak.com
Two businessmen fighting for a cab in NYC.

I'm in Manhattan this week, and I actually rented a car. That's how we roll in California.

There's something empowering about going tire to tire with grizzled veterans during rush hour.

I faced off against a taxi, a delivery truck and a city bus this morning, all four of us trying to jump into first position as four lanes merged into two because of a street closure.

I won.

Sure, it may not be the most pleasant or mature way to mark one's visit to the Big Apple, but it sure beats hailing a cab.

The following video on LiveLeak purportedly shows a couple of business guys competing for a single taxi at the end of a long day at work. The ensuing violence over who will get the cab involves more cheap shots than NFL players are currently getting away with during the officials' lockout. Headlocks, head slapping, shoving, grabbing, there was so much energy being used to fight for victory I thought I was watching Golden Tate and M.D. Jennings grapple over the football during Seattle's disputed victoryover Green Bay on Monday Night Football .

Like a replacement ref, the poor guy getting out of the cab makes a feeble attempt to calm the brawlers down, before throwing his hands up (figuratively speaking) and walking away.

Some viewers of the video suspect this may have been staged, that the two brawlers aren't really businessmen fighting over a cab. I mean, really, you're going to put the guy in a headlock...over a taxi? Well, to those doubters, I can only ask, have you ever tried to get a cab in lower Manhattan at 5pm? They are about as hard to come by as a well officiated football game.

Meantime, others (most likely native New Yorkers) question the lack of manliness in the fighting. One commenter who calls himself “Beman99” wrote on LiveLeak, “Am surprised that after the passionate hugging, and kissing at the end, the dude didn’t buckle the seat for him before he closed the door.”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

—By CNBC's Jane Wells
@janewells

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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