Thursday, April 02, 2009

Fast one.

I got into the taxi and didn't make conversation.

"Where to?"

"Cabra Road please. New Cabra Road."

Silence all the way, just one of those shitty radio shows where people ring in to tell of the famous people they've met. Apparently Adam Sandler is sound. So is Lorraine Keane. But Brian Ormond is a complete cunt.

Past Peter's Church and I ask him to take the next left.

"I have no change," he says.

"Well, I have twenty euro on me. That's all. And why did you accept the fare if you didn't have any change?" I asked him nicely, if a little impatiently.

"YOU TINK I'M TRYING TO DO YOU? I TELL YOU I HAVE NO CHANGE WHEN YOU GET IN."

"But we didn't even speak. You never said a..."

"I PULL INTO THE SHOP! I GET CHANGE."

"Look, I wasn't being snotty," I said in my best tired. "But I'm not paying over a tenner. That's what the meter says now."

He gruffed a bit more, muttered, tutted and swerved in a u-turn. He left me sitting in his car, went to Spar and came back two minutes later.

No more words. He got his tenner. I got my change. No harm done. Recession.

13 comments:

Gypseysdog said...

So where was he from, Cabra?

Radge said...

5X - Just left of a land down under.

Maxi Cane said...

"I have no change"....

"That's ok, I have no money"

Would have sorted that one out.

Radge said...

Maxi Cane - Wisdom after the fact. Damn.

Maxi Cane said...

Yep, I'm the man to have around in case of hindsight.

Annie said...

I have given up taxis for lent.

Red Leeroy said...

i love the no speak taxi drivers. You should carry a huge bag of 5c coins from now on Radge.

Radge said...

Annie - Isn't Belgium known for its Tuc Tucs (spl?)? Maybe I'm thinking of somewhere else.

Red - As a weapon in case of dickheadedness.

Dot-Com said...

Guess people are cutting down on politeness too! But seriously, you should have used Maxi Cane's reply *lol*

Conan Drumm said...

Taxis, in a recession? For gawd's sake get a bicycle!

Holemaster said...

You show I go?

Radge said...

Dot - And well I know it.

Conan - Made of money, me.

Holemaster - Is that some trick to get out of paying a fare? Ya pup!

Holemaster said...

No its what some of the drivers say to you, as in you show them the way and they go there.