A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 18, 2016
“Who earns a living driving customers away?"/"A taxi driver.”

A transportation riddle is:

Q: Who earns a living by driving customers away?
A: A taxi driver.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1955.


4 December 1955, South China Sunday Post-Herald (Hong Kong), pg. 17, col. 8:
Who?
Who earns a living by driving customers away?
A taxi driver.

Google News Archive
7 July 1970, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), “Fun Time—The Riddle Box,” pg. 16, col. 2:
Don: There’s one man I know who always drives away customers.
Dan: Who is that?
Don: The taxi driver.

Google Groups: rec.humor
T
David Coble
8/16/95
(...)
Taxi Driver:
Someone Who Earns A Living By Driving Customers Away.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 11-14-03 Part 2 The Puns
Stan Kegel
11/15/03
(...)
Who drives away all his customers?
A taxi driver. (Rita, 10)

Google Books
Ridiculous Riddles
By Cyl Lee
Edina, MN: ABDO Publishing Company
2004
Pg. 6:
Who earns a living by driving customers away?
A taxi driver!

8 May 2004, Brandon (Manitoba) Sun, pg. B9, col. 3:
Who earns a living by driving customers away?
A taxi driver.

Google Books
Ha! Ha! Ha! and Much More:
The Ultimate Round-up of Jokes, Riddles, Facts & Puzzles

By Lyn Thomas
Toronto, ON: Maple Tree Press
2008
Pg. 78:
Who earns a living by driving customers away?
A cab driver.

Twitter
spadoll
‏@spadoll
Q: Who earns a living driving customers away?  A:  A taxi driver!
6:59 PM - 28 Sep 2009

Twitter
Dr. Jerry Paz
‏@DrJerryPaz
Who earns a living driving customers away?  A taxi driver!!
1:23 AM - 19 Dec 2009

Twitter
Guy userman
‏@shadowling7777
@AdmiralHippie But Lawli, don’t you know taxi drivers make their living driving customers away?
1:15 PM - 14 Mar 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Friday, March 18, 2016 • Permalink