A Fare to Remember!


A few nights ago after work, Abby had dinner with friends and then hailed a taxi home to Brooklyn.  As most of you New Yorkers know, the five minute ride over the bridge to Brooklyn at night still holds some stigma for a few reluctant cabbies who either don’t know their way around all that well, or fear they’ll get stuck in traffic without a return fare back to Manhattan.  Needless to say, Abby was an old pro in these situations.  She gave the cabbie the address, told him to go over straight over the Brooklyn Bridge, and that she’d give him directions once they were on the other side – even though she thought it was his duty to know where he was going throughout the city…

A minute into the ride, Abby’s boyfriend called her cell, and she got a little distracted… When she looked up, she noticed that not only was she already over the bridge, but the taxi driver had taken a wrong turn and neglected to ask for directions.  Abby kept her cool, but she was peeved.  Not only were they now circling through a bunch of one-way streets, but the cabbie was giving her a little attitude.

Ten minutes and a few extra bucks later, the taxi pulled up in front of Abby’s building.  Typically generous with her tipping, Abby decided to only give the driver a $1 tip.  He didn’t like that one bit.

Was it the driver’s fault for not speaking up for directions, or was it Abby’s fault for not paying attention and guiding him as planned?  Should she have tipped him the standard 15-20%, or was she justified in tipping him less?  Tell us what you think!

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8 Responses to “A Fare to Remember!”

  1. Willy says:

    I do not pay for attitude. He’d have gotten nothing from me. There is no law that requires us to tip anyone. People are only as good as their service.

  2. Jamie says:

    I agree with Willy, furthermore, the cabbie should know his way around and you shouldn’t pay for his mistake….then tip him???

  3. carol says:

    The driver should have interrupted Abby’s phone call but Abby should have been paying attention knowing the driver didn’t know his way around. It wasn’t entirely the driver’s fault although he should not have continued driving around in circles.

  4. Roomi says:

    If the cabbie didn’t have an attitude then MAYBE I would say Abby was at fault as well because she did tell the cabbie upfront that she would give him directions. BUT he did have the attitude and everything comes with a price, and it happened to come out of his tip
    :-)

  5. louie says:

    First of all, Cabs should know where they’re going, without directions from the passenger. Like many other Countries, this is mandatory for liciencing .
    Secondly, what ever happened to GPS ? I’ve never been in a Cab for many years now that the driver didn’t have a cell phone, which of course has access to GPS. Why don’t they use them for directions? Thirdly, stay awake and pay attention if you don’t want the driver to aimlessly drive in circles.
    lastly, Tips are “To ensure proper service”. Use them accordingly.

  6. Roomi says:

    I don’t know. I went to India recently and the drivers knew the place, but they would purposely “get lost” or take the longer way so the meter runs higher. I am sure that happens here as well. Probably the cabbie took advantage of her being on the cellphone and decided to around while she was distracted. Not saying that what he did was right, but you really have to look out for yourself.

  7. Molly says:

    What she should have done is tell the cabbie that getting lost is costing her and to please turn the meter off. Most cabbies will do that. That way, they make more in the tip because you’re not mad at them for running up the fare.

    Roomi, I can’t speak about taxis in India, but in NYC, taxi drivers do not go the long way in order to run up the meter because it’s not to their advantage. They make more money on short rides because of the initial meter turn on. A Taxi drivers dream would be for everyone to go 5 blocks. Long rides only increase the fare by small amounts, they love those initial fare starts and the per ride surcharges. The more rides the more they make and are happy to get you out of their cabs asap so they can go on to the next customer.

  8. Sue says:

    I agree that the taxi driver should have gotten her attention as he was going over the bridge since even though he may know all parts of the city, he does not necessarily know the shortest most direct path to a particular building. This makes Abby just as responsible as the taxi driver.

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