Tuesday, February 13

A Shortcut Too Far

Whilst I was driving a pair of drunks over from Walney onto the next pub in town, one of the well oiled pair suddenly piped up from the back seat "oi cut through Tesco car park it's quicker" I just replied "no I won't" and carried on down the usual route. This seemed to wind him up no end, and he started shouting that he was paying the fare and that I should drive which ever way he wanted. After coming to an abrupt halt I turned round and suggested he might like to get out and walk the rest of the way, his pal who was slightly less the worse for wear, told him to shut his mouth and apologised, which wasn't a bad plan considering that it was pouring with rain. The thing is that I don't mind taking a short cut or two if somebody's running late for something important, but cutting through a supermarket car park, and dodging pedestrians and shopping trolleys, just so some drunk can get to the next pub five seconds quicker I draw the line at. The other thing is that I don't think that it's any quicker anyway despite one or two local drivers who tell me that they use this route all the time, the way I look at it is that the more folk that use it the quicker that Tesco will install the dreaded speed ramps.

4 comments:

Paradise Driver said...

Dontcha just love "back seat" drivers?

Keith said...

I don't know how you stay sand in your job - Every other punter a tosser, for what money ???

As I often say to myself in my humdrum work life, there must be better ways of earning a living, but dealing with the public isn't one of them...

Bob said...

Keith: simple I love the freedom which driving a cab gives me, at the end of the day I find more nice than nasty customers.

Anonymous said...

technically, you're kind of in the wrong, he's paying you and so really he gets to decide the route you should be taking him.. even if it's longer or slower or just plain ridiculous.