Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

The passenger looks tired to him; just about ready to sleep for a hundred years. Just as the car is about to move off, he checks that he would be able to pay by NETS.
The driver says he's sorry but that won't be possible. He doesn't have the device on board. Having been turned down by several earlier cabbies who were "changing shift", the passenger is determined to show this guy who is boss.
"Then stop by at an ATM and I shall withdraw the money for you."
The driver says that he'd rather not as he is in a bit of a hurry.
"That's illogical. Our journey itself will take 30 to 35 minutes. Are you telling me that you cannot spare a 2% increase of that time?"
The passenger sits and waits while the driver repeatedly suggests he take the next cab. The driver is pleading now but still polite and patient. Finally the passenger gets out and slams the door behind him.
The driver is relieved. The new fare is reasonable and will not be using NETS. He drives them to their destination in  silence, following which he heads home.
As he turns the key he calls to her.
"Sorry I'm late honey. A chimp got into my cab and I had to kick it out."
There is no reply from within.

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