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Cab driver plays Cupid

2008-02-12 19:06

New York - Finding your better half this Valentine's Day could be as easy as hailing a taxi - especially if Ahmed Ibrahim is in the driver's seat.

The 53-year-old Cupid cab driver, as he refers to himself, has spent the past few years playing matchmaker to lonely New Yorkers, setting up more than 70 dates. Nineteen have led to relationships that lasted more than a year.

Ibrahim planned to decorate his yellow cab with red and white hearts and roses for Thursday.

"I've organised so many dates, and it really makes me feel good about it," Ibrahim said. "I've not had one complaint."

Ibrahim said he offers his matchmaking services to passengers he evaluates by listening to conversations and asking a few questions. He then exchanges phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

"I want to know if they're the real deal or just a player," he said. "If you're a player, then forget about it."

One of his clients, Martin Karamon, said he successfully found romance through the cupid cab's services. The relationship ended after about six months, though he and the cab driver stayed in touch.

"I might have to get in his cab again because I just broke up with my girlfriend," said Karamon, 37.