Gift for a DC cab driver?
June 6, 2012 1:56 PM Subscribe
I left my dead-battery smartphone in a cab to Dulles. I rudely took the driver's card on the way out even though I didn't want to. I phoned the driver an hour later, and he actually said he'd return it to me, but I didn't have high hopes.
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly to Human Relations (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Two days later I got a package and the dude had overnighted me my phone, from DC to CA. It cost a lot. I wasn't super-nice to him, but he did something really great for me. As someone who talks a lot of trash about DC cab drivers, this blew my mind and I found it oddly touching. Also, it makes me less fucked, because I can again function as the loser work-cyborg I've become.
I've got his return address. I am going to send him a cool gift.
At first I thought about a gas card, but I wonder if that's less of a good gift for a cab driver because of some sort of bulk gas-buying arrangment-eh?
If not a gas card, than what? The guy was Middle Eastern or maybe North African so I will stereotype him to the extent that I think there's a chance booze wouldn't go over well.
And yes, I already intend to hold onto his card, call him every time I go to DC for work (which is quite often) and tip him well. But I always tip well and the whole point is that I want to do something especially nice.