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Cab #539

Date Taken: 10/28/07
From: O'Hare
To: Rosemont

The Cab: Your basic, somewhat overworn Dodge Minivan. No visible mechanical defects. After finding out the route, driver tested back hatch, tires and suspension.

The Driver: A surly prick even before he found out he rushed into the teeth of O'Hare traffic for a paltry $10 fare. When told of the destination, he tersely reponded "Why Rosemont"? At this point, I figured "Because I fucking said so" wouldn't help matters.

Apparently if you need a relatively short trip from O'Hare, the driver gets a pass that allows him or to go to the front of the cab line the next time around. Driver #539 was unimpressed when we pointed this out to the cab line attendant on his behalf. Do I get a pass when I need a $100 cab ride to Deerfield? Well, them are the breaks, bub.

The Driving: Driver #539 shared with us the perils of O'Hare life, such as the massive line of cars crawling into the airport, as well as the injustice we'd just caused. Instead of paying $48 to park two cars at the airport, we decided to do the financially prudent thing and park both cars at my wife's office. Apparently this urge to save money and energy resources makes us very bad people.

Because he wanted us gone from Earth, Driver #539 delivered us to our destination expeditiously. When we gave a much larger tip than was deserved, he humbly said thanks. I would have welcomed his sudden change in attitude only if he had promised to participate in a one-car accident.

Overall Rating: One extended arm, and two extended fingers.

- Eric Emery

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There are more than 6,000 cabs in the city of Chicago. We intend to review every one of them.




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Posted on October 30, 2007


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