It was not the type of PR that strike-torn ABC needed.
Last week, the network was filming a scene for the Michael J. Fox show Spin City on location in New York. In it, Fox's character was to be confronted by striking cabbies who mistakenly believe him a scab.
When the cameras rolled, however, a real taxi rolled down the street.
Actors portraying the striking cabdrivers, thinking the scene was in progress, began to shake the cab and screamed, 'Scab! Infidel!' Panicking, the real cab driver screamed, 'I don't give a shit about your strike!' and fled the scene. The cast and crew promptly shared a good laugh before resuming filming.
After learning of the incident, ABC executives and striking technicians did not share their amusement. 'Typical insensitivity,' said one worker on the picket line outside ABC's Upper West Side headquarters.