Sunday, November 19, 2006

So THAT'S where all the cabs are!

Another cab insight from Susan (she has a bad knee and takes cabs pretty regularly - I keep telling her she should get her own blog going).

She called for a cab the other morning to get to work. Waited and waited. She tried to get one on the street after a bit, but no cabs were going by. When the cab showed up, there were 2 guys in it already. All had called for a cab and the company was putting everybody in one cab because they didn't have very many. Ok, fine, everybody is finally in the cab and going. They pass people trying to hail a cab all the way down the street.

The stop for passenger #1 - a large hotel. When the cab pulls up to let the guy out, she notices a line of over a dozen cabs sitting and waiting at the hotel. So instead of getting out and actually getting paying passengers that are waiting, these guys are sitting on their butts hoping that somebody wants to leave the hotel at 8am. Who leaves the hotel then? If you're in town for a conference or meeting, you stay at the hotel of the conference. They're all sitting around waiting for that one magical Dulles right? They need to read mad cabbies rules & tips.


At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never get the concept of waiting in line at a hotel or wherever for a fare especially during rush hour while people are all over the place looking for cabs! I drive at night and I can go for weeks without driving anyone to the airport and I make out fine. DCCR, you probably know "Jumping Jack" an old Jewish driver who drives Diamond #666, he avoids airport calls by all cost during rush hours and clocks $30-$40/hr doing local runs between 6am-10am. Pastor Joe usually goes home around 4am after he's done with his shady passengers but sometimes he stays as late as 7am and he wouldn't stop if you have a suite case with you because he understands a $50 Dulles run is a loss that time of the morning. I am a sucker I pick up everyone!

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you came to town for a dinner, then you will likely stay in town and leave at around 8:00 am. I do it all the time.


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