A man was visiting New York and decided to take a taxi to his hotel.
They were driving for a while when the man leant over to ask the driver a question, tapping him on the shoulder.
The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just centimetres from a window.
For a few moments everything was silent in the taxi, and then the still shaking driver said, "I'm sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me".
The frightened passenger apologised to the driver, and said he didn't realise a mere tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much.
The driver replied, "no, no I'm sorry, it's entirely my fault. Today is my first day driving a taxi. I've been driving a hearse for the last 25 years."
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