While taking photos of several businesses, village buildings, and area amenities, I came across a middle-aged man at the Round Lake Beach Metra Station who was acting VERY strange and dressed in unusual attire. He appeared to be the operator of a vehicle that said RL Taxi on the side and also had the little taxi roof-mounted gadget. I also noticed that the vehicle did NOT have TX (for taxis) license plates. It was around 4:00 and this individual appeared to be waiting for someone to arrive on the train, whether a friend or a customer, I didn’t know. What was really strange was his behavior. I thought at first glance that he was wearing a Speedo swimsuit but after viewing the photo more closely it looks more like he simply rolled up his shorts as tight as he could so that he could absorb the late afternoon sun. In doing so, he would stand spread-eagled with hands extended high above his head, head tilted back, hoping for a few rays of sun. Then he would continue to walk around the Metra Station.
I contacted the Round Lake Beach Chief of Police, Gary Bitler, and asked if the taxi was currently licensed and whether their was a dress code requirement if in fact it was as well as if phone numbers are required to be displayed on taxi vehicles. The Chief informed me that the vehicle was NOT licensed to operate as a taxi.
Please be aware of this and DO NOT assume that this vehicle is a licensed taxi from RL Taxi service. In my opinion, the roof-top device should be removed completely and ALL lettering removed from the sides of the vehicle. I am not implying that this person has done anything wrong, since we can dress and act as we please so long as we don’t break any laws. I’m simply making everyone aware that this is NOT A LICENSED TAXI so do not assume that it is just because of the markings on it.