I went to a Taxi Ramp School held by Cheryl from Damico Consulting on June 4th, 2011.
I was told in advance that the class would be from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. which I stayed the whole period of time. I also paid a 75.00 fee for the class when I first got to class. I needed this class for employment purposes. At the end of the class a final exam was given to each student. I finished the exam. I asked Cheryl what to do because I had to go to work. Cheryl and her assistant said that I would have to stay even though the class is over. I waited until almost 4:20 (Twenty Minutes after the class ended) and just had to go work, I have a family to feed. I handed my exam to Harold Miller who was taking the class at the same time as I.
About 5:00 p.m. I called and spoke with Harold and asked him if I passed the San Francisco Ramp Taxi Class, he told me no. I called to speak to Cheryl the instructor about the exam and the class. Cheryl told me that she would not grade my exam although I stayed the expected time and paid the 75.00 for the certificate and class. Cheryl was rude to me on the phone and said she did not have time to speak to me about this issue. Cheryl than handed over the phone to her assistant, I could hear her and her assistant in the back ground. The assistant said he does not want to talk to me and called me a MORON. Very unprofessional. Cheryl got back on the phone than offered I could come back to the class and "do her" for 25.00 dollars, or if I wanted I could come back at 11:00 a.m. but it would cost me more. Cheryl spoke with Syam the person I was going to work for and told my potential employer I have an attitude problem.
I am very frustrated speaking with Cheryl, and feel like she only wants more money from me. We had a problem like this in the industry once before in San Francisco with another instructor for taxis. He ended up in jail and indicted on fraud charges. I wish some government agency would assist the cab drivers in San Francisco from this type of unscrupulous activity. Please help with this issue.
As for the class itself, I am a credentialed teacher in the State of California by the way and drive taxi to supplement my income because my spouse is out of work. The content of the class was great and I learned a lot.
Cheryl did not have a class room policy sheet nor nothing hanging up on the walls, No agenda was provided for the students, and no class expectations or check list of things you must complete for the class. If Cheryl would have had these things there would have been no misunderstanding of what needs to be done in class. I am concerned that I am being penalized when I really needed to start work with Syam for something that is out of my control. I simply want my certificate that I feel I earned.
I was at the class for 4 1/2 hours, did the practical application part and completed the final exam. I would like a certificate from Cheryl Damico:
Damico Consulting & Training1405 Birchwood Ct
San Francisco, CA
A photo of Cheryl who teaches the class: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1417235870