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Unlicensed Cab Drivers in the F-M Area: Help or Hazard?

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Larry Roy says he never intended to get into the service business. It's something that found him one night hanging out at a local tavern.

"This couple walked up to my truck and they were like hey can you give us a ride home? We'll pay you 20 bucks to take us home. We've been waiting 45 minutes for a cab."

A seasonal harvest worker by day, now a ride provider on weekends.

"Once the bar closes that's it. you're standing outside in the snow, freezing."

The manager here at the Hodo says every weekend it's the same story.

"Oh we call them all the time.Especially bad on the weekends. There's people waiting around here often times an hour."

But are these unlicensed cab drivers filling a void or pose a threat to your safety?

Lieutenant Mike Detloff of the Moorehead Police Department says, "There have been reports of cab drivers in the past taking advantage of someone who is extremely intoxicated. Any time you get into a vehicle with someone you don't know you're taking a risk.

Larry says he's been reported to law enforcement and while he still operates under an unmarked car, he says he's taking the right steps.

"I'm going to register with the city and get a business license because I want to do things the right way."

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