needed a taxi to bring home my new 4 month old kitten from a town near to me, but not one I had any taxi cards for
the RSPCA cat foster carer looked on her kitchen notice board & found a card for another nearby town taxi service ..... I rang & booked it asap to take the delighted but apprehensive me & distressed little kitten to my home - I'd had a text, mobile number displayed only, whilst doing the necessary paperwork & befriending myself to Dancer = the said little kitten, woefully needed for my depressed cat Marty ..... didn't open text until I got home & settled Dancer in my living room as best I could - away from my Marty who just ran out when I opened the outside door to my property ..... I then thought to check the text & here is where I had a TECH WOW moment ..... = ..... it was from the taxi firm unfamiliar to me, it said my driver had arrived at such-&-such address of cas foster woman, said what vehicle is was ie a Mercedes something Sprinter if I remember rightly (it seated 9 + driver btw) (Dancer & me travelled home in style), gave me cost, & thanked me for using the named taxi firm
driver had asked me if I minded if he filled up the tank with diesel, as his vehicle needed juice, I thought here we go Jane gets taken for a schmuck again - remember I hadn't read text yet ..... when in a taxi I like to chat with the driver & this bloke was nice, he told me he had 5 kids! ..... but he already had filled up his superior vehicle's tank once this morning ..... he was seriously thinking of getting a smaller vehicle - yep I'd say he'd put more money on the table - but, but, but after all I've said above, driver said in response to my question what do I owe you = what do you usually pay
I use the same taxi firm near me whenever I go out to friends or the pub or sometimes even just shopping in town. They all know me and recognise my number when I call. all the drivers ask how much I normally pay and it makes for a good feeling that you aren't being ripped off.
hi jonsie = interesting how the same question asked by regular taxi firm you use is used in a nice way ..... in my town I too always the same taxi firm eg they know me, particularly for going to & from the vets, coming home from my best friend's house & occassionally home from my local, I most usually walk home along the canal towpath & text my drinking buddy when I've got in, dumped my stuff & sorted the cat out ..... = ..... I do nothing in a hurry these days ..... when using my particular taxi firm I sit in the front with the driver, the red digital fare display is in the centre of the dashboard, which I can see & I always round up the fare to the nearest fiver btw I always mention I use 'Bloggs' taxis when booking a taxi be it by phone or walking into their office, just off the town centre
it's when I don't see a red fare display machine I know what's coming at the end of the journey & so it was with the return taxi firm = I used a local firm as I could as to get my taxi firm out from Skipton to where I then was would have cost much more in time & Dancer my new white/black kitten was, as expected showing signs of distress, as only cats can, by that heart wrenching loud particular me-ow they have ..... so, interesting your experience of the same question as I ask to unfamiliar to me taxi firms
Glad to hear you got Dancer home in style today. (though I don't suppose he was bothered what he travelled in...he would have just wanted to be out of the cat box)
It's rare I use taxi's now but if I need one it is the same company. All I ever ask with taxis is that they are punctual. I can't be doing with them being late and when you ring to see where they are, the stock answer is 'just round the corner...should be with you in 2 minutes'...Mmmmm....
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I use Uber, it is very popular in London, it has many advantages: you can track if the driver is following the right path, you can see a pic of the driver and vehicle before they pick you up and your fare is automatically charge to your credit card ...
Now that sounds brilliant @Anonymous When I go to London I use try to use taxi's to get about as I am not keen on the underground. So Uber seems to cover everything you need...Thanks
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thanks MarinaP & Cleoriff
I have heard of Uber ..... not sure how it works though ..... & ..... if any taxi's in my traditional Yorkshire market town would have that kind of thing ..... the taxi I referred to, was from a firm unfamiliar to me in a nearby town ..... certainly the taxi firm I use in Skipton do not have that kind of tech ..... & ..... there are a lorra lorra taxi drivers in the town = 2 ranks in town centre + 1 at the station + several taxi offices in town indeed the 1 taxi firm I use is just off the town centre within easy walking distance & you can generally get a taxi straightaway ..... 'sending it now' is the term used when I've rung up for a taxi 'now' like ..... but ..... I'm not known for my patience, but I do give them 10-15 minutes leeway time as the traffic in town is vast becomming a bottle-neck, particularly at morning rush hour to work/school + school chucking-out time + evening rush hour
last time I was in London was about 20 years ago & though my & my son's train ticket included getting from Kings Cross to Charing Cross using the underground = well I chickened out & got a London cab = don't like the underground as too claustrophobic for me really = how do the regular commuters put up with it, paying for the priviledge, like battery chickens stuffed into cages
how do the regular commuters put up with it, paying for the priviledge, like battery chickens stuffed into cages
At least they aren't sheep @Anonymous
Mwhahahaha. ....Sorry lass, I couldn't resist that
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