Thursday, October 02, 2008

Posting sooner than I thought

Yelled at a cab driver a couple of days ago. Couldn't help myself. Just came out. A friend had taken me out to dinner and hailed a cab to take us back home (friends are being great to me these days!). Just a few minutes after we get in the cab, driver starts going on and on about the new meters, how unfair they are to drivers, etc. Sarah mentions that she's paid about the same for most of her rides, I say that I have paid more on average. Driver keeps going anyhow. We get a 5 minute rant on how much money he's losing especially when the meter stops at $19. After all of that I finally shouted back at him - "well at least you HAVE a job. Not all of us do!" Sarah burst out laughing at me and I started laughing at her. The driver was not amused. Started in on how being out of work would make him more money than driving does these days.

We decided to just tune him out and started having our own conversation. I don't know what Sarah gave him as a tip, but I doubt if it was much.


At 7:32 AM, Blogger brokemoto said...

People frequently ask about the meters, so I tell them why I hate them. I even had someone close to Dear Revered Leader Kim il-Fenty ask me once. Needless to say, he was glad to get out of my cab.

If they do not ask, I do not say anything about the meter.

The meters STILL rot, as does Dear Revered Leader Kim il-Fenty's nineteen dollar cap. If he is going to force me to accept a contraption in my car that I do not want, he should, at least, let me enjoy one of the few benefits that I might get from it: those who go a long distance pay for it.

The zone system critics often stated that those who took the short trips subsidised those who took the long trips. Thanks to Our Dear Revered Leader, now the driver subsidises those who take the long trips.

A provider's subsidising those served is certainly a hallmark of a socialist society. .......and people wonder why I call this the Demokratik People's Republik of New Kolumbia and call Kim il-Fenty's party the Demokratik People's Progressive Authoritarian Party.

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous roy said...

I find it's best not to vent your frustrations on passengers

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Lugosi said...

99.9% of the world's taxicabs have meters, but for some reason DC hackers think that not having meters is the way to go?

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your friend actually tipped??!!

At 7:10 PM, Blogger DC Cab Rider said...

She's a nicer person than I am ;).

At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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