I had a nice conversation on Monday with two ladies who I dropped off down there. They seemed like they were having a lovely night on the town and we talked about how nice the weather was that evening, jazz music and life as a taxi driver. It is rides like that that really make my night go by much quicker and more pleasantly! And made up for the rude, entitled jerk I encountered earlier in the day.
|The diner from "Seinfeld", passed by on Monday afternoon|
Monday night i was nearing the end of my shift and was hoping for that one last big fare. And I was in Chinatown when a guy hails me and asks me to go to the Bronx. I told him to hop in! This was the fare I was waiting for. He was really nice and we had a nice conversation all the way to the Bronx. he even helped give me directions back to the city from where we were. So we get to his destination and he is paying by credit card. All of a sudden, my meter and terminal start acting up. But eventually, he swipes the card and a receipt prints out. It wasn't a signature receipt which i thought was odd for it being the amount it was, but i thought maybe that was the type of card or something. I give him the receipt and he gets out. And that's when i notice the meter has reset, like everything is paid, but my terminal is still saying waiting for the card. So it was frozen. I tried resetting it, and nothing happened. Still said the same. I tried pressing various buttons. Eventually it went away, so I figured it went through. I get back to my garage, and when you end your shift, the meter is supposed to print out a end of shift receipt. It didn't. I knew something was up with my system. When I go to settle up at the garage, I see on my credit card details, the Bronx fare was missing. I found out yesterday that I must have hit "no charge" when I was trying to reset the system, so the credit card didn't go through and at this point, there isn't anything I can do. Great. So I gave a guy a free ride to the Bronx.
|Cars waiting to be dispatched at my garage|
|On the short line at JFK|
Got back to the city and again, I get hailed and go back to Brooklyn! At this point it was getting a little ridiculous. I also was starting to feel a little under the weather(as I write this I am in bed with the sickies). I decided I would drive until I got taken to Brooklyn again. I got back into the city and was in the West Village when a girl hails me and asks to go to Astoria. It's not Brooklyn, but close enough. At that point I decided to call it a night, even if it was a little early. I dropped her off in Astoria and turned on my "off duty" light and headed back to the garage.
|View of the Empire State Building from the Manhattan Bridge|