Thursday, March 23, 2006

Cab driver story

The cab driver told me a story on the way to SFO this morning.

Whenever I take a cab, I always make it a point to ask the driver, "How's business?" I take it that they're one of the leading indicators of business health. Apparently, things are going very well. He said he was doing at least twice as well as last year. His cab company has an exclusive deal with the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, so only cabs from that company can pick up guests from the hotel.

Anyway, to punctuate his point, he tells me he recently picked up a guest from the Ritz-Carlton who asked to be taken to Reno. Dispatch said to charge $500 for it. Passenger said OK. He does this twice a year. Hates to fly. Hates to drive on the highway. And told cabbie to slow down when he was going 60. It took six hours to get there (and 3.5 hours to get back). Cabbie had no complaints. Passenger paid $500 and tipped him $100.

As cabbie handed me my bag at the airport, he said, "Anytime you want to drive to Reno, give me a call!"