He retired several years ago and leased out his medallion to the garage, which got him drivers and a steady stream of income to pay his note, with change to spare.
Years ago when he refinanced his loan, he signed all documents requested at the closing. One of the documents was a "Waiver of Right to an Attorney". Another was a "Confession of Judgment". He didn't really understand what it meant.
"I got your name last night at Kennedy Airport while the drivers were talking, waiting for fares. Someone else had been to see you and gave me your number."
They bought two taxi medallions as a safe investment for retirement, then leased them out. At first, their expectations, based upon actual experiences of their friends were good. The lease payments they received allowed them to to pay the loan they had taken out to buy the medallions, leaving a surplus for savings or spending.
As the value of medallions drop, owners are worried about possible bankruptcy, losing their livelihood and their homes. Faced with balloon payments, demands to refinance, and requests for mortgages on their homes, all coming from their lenders, drivers are not sure what to do or where to turn.