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Pedicabbing Tales - Mister Big Shot

The other day I was coasting up the road with another driver when we got flagged down by a group of three – a young lady, her apparent date, and their third wheel. They wanted to go to a club a few blocks and a massive hill away – no problem! The young lady and her date climbed into the other driver’s cab leaving me to spend a shockingly long 15 minutes with… a complete asshole. I should have taken warning from how much junk he had in his hair. He started by asking me if I’d been to the expensive restaurant we’d picked him up at and I said no, was it any good? He began to explain his connections with the owners and how much of a big shot he was. >_>

At which point the driver in front of me coasted through a yellow light and I had to stop… getting hit by traffic isn’t my main hobby.

“What are you doing?!” he asked.

“It’s a red light.”

“You can’t run those?!”

“Uh, no.”

“Oh man. You see this? This is your tip going down.”

Like I said, he was an asshole. While we were at the red light he began to reassert his big shot status, asking what it took to get advertising space on our shirts and reaching out to pluck at my shirt. As in. Touching me. T_T I really hate being touched by strangers, let me tell you. Anyway, I told him he could call me boss and started trying to climb up the massive hill… unfortunately getting caught at the light killed my momentum and it was fairly tough going. “C’mon” said Mister Big Shot. “Faster! Go faster! This is your tip.”

I have never been so tempted to kick someone out of my cab. I didn’t because I’m kind of a whuss, but I wanted to. For my troubles and agitation, he gave me.. $5.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 9th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
there are two words
Douche. Bag.

what a jerk.
Jul. 9th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
What's the appropriate tip for a cabbie, anyway? We don't have them in Cleveland, so when I'm in other cities I always have to ballpark.

And don't say "A thousand dollars!" :P
Jul. 11th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Okay.. so on the topic of tipping... it's complicated. :P Different companies work in different ways. You can ALWAYS assume that the pedicab driver has paid a fee that will be a hefty part of their income to rent the cab. If they charge a fee to ride then don't worry too much about the tip - a couple bucks or a fiver should be fine because their fee should be calculated with their profit in mind. If they're like my company and they don't charge a fee, just working for tips.. then please to be tipping generously. ^_~

Generally speaking, most of my rides tip $5 for short rides (just a couple streets or what have you) and $10-20 for long rides (a couple miles). There are exceptions all over this.. Tips under five dollars aren't unheard of and tips of $20 or more make my day. :)
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