After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Seattle cab driver Dave Groh
took it upon himself to bring some levity back to the city by wearing an Elvis
costume behind the wheel. It brought smiles to many of his passengers but drew
the ire of taxi inspectors, who fined him $60 last spring for not wearing the
black pants and crisp shirt required by the city's 1997 taxi dress code.
After losing an appeal of the fine, the 37-year-old cabbie filed a lawsuit.
But he has now agreed to drop it, following the Seattle City Council's vote
Monday to amend the dress code so that drivers may don any costume they wish,
as long as they get the approval of the service they drive for and meet certain
other guidelines. For instance, any driver choosing to wear a costume must pick
a "readily identifiable and generally well-known public figure, personality
or fictional character." In addition, outfits can't include masks, can't
depict police officers or firefighters, and can't be skimpy.
The legislation was due to take effect unless Mayor Greg Nickels vetoed it;
his spokeswoman was not immediately able to say what he planned to do.
Groh expressed his gratitude to the City Council following the vote: "Uh,
a-thank you verrah much."
The Associated Press, via Yahoo!
(For a photo of Groh driving as Elvis,
Seattle Post-Intelligencer article.)