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Bad taxi karma

01/10/05


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Once again, Jen gets a ride from a crazed, angry cab driver:

... I rummaged in my purse and pulled out my smallest denomination -- a twenty. He went red in the face and said, 'I don't have any change! Why didn't you tell me you had a twenty! Why didn't you tell me?'

Now, I'm very familiar with the taxi driver trick of claiming 'no change' because they're hoping you'll just give them a big ol' tip. But trust me on this -- it's rare that they don't have a bunch of ones and fives stashed somewhere in the taxi. I stood firm and told him he could give me change or he could go get change and come back and complete the transaction, but he wasn't making twenty on a six dollar ride because I am not only not an idiot, I'm also not inclined to tip heavily for grouchy drivers and bad driving.

Grumbling, he stomped back to his car and rummaged around and came up with -- you guessed it -- change. Out of a big wad of ones and fives. ...
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