I returned my rental car on Sunday and got a ride to the airport from a grinning, wisecracking, pontificating Sagittarius. He kept saying, “The way I see it, blah, blah, blah…” And,”I figure, blah, blah, blah…”
I liked him though. He was tall, super skinny and amusing and I decided en route to double my standard tip in appreciation of the entertainment. And then this:
“It’s always the business guys who show up late. I had a guy the other day, he showed up late and he was so rude. He came right up to me and said, you better get me to the airport immediately!”
“Immediately?” I asked. “How are you supposed to do that? Beam him like Star Trek?”
“Yeah. I was supposed to get him there immediately. And hey. I have no problem with someone being late and needing me to rush. I’m happy to do the best I can. But this guy? He was rude.”
“So you know what I did?”
“I dropped him off at the wrong side of the terminal. Yep. I dropped him as far as I could from where he needed to be. I figured to hell with him. Pulled over, got his bags, said have a nice flight! He got right in my face and I don’t have to put up with that shit.”
Sitting behind him, I smirked. And I still double tipped him. After all, I got this story didn’t I?
Too bad this driver guy feels he needs to prove something and give “tit for tat.” The world is too full of people getting back at others for small slights. He should have just let it go, or told the guy what he thought and then done his job properly by dropping him off in the right spot.
CJK – I agree. This is like a waitress who spits in your soup. But worth telling the story so people be warned.