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Monday, January 16, 2012

Friends Don't Let Friends Take A Limo Home

Posted by on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

So this past Friday night, pre-snowpocalypse, it was still pretty chilly. My friend and I, let's call her "Helga," decide to take a taxi from my apartment at 16th and Denny Street, down to the Funhouse near 5th and Denny. Helga wanted to take the #8 bus, but I insisted a cab wouldn't be that expensive. It wasn't. Our Yellow Cab pal blasted straight down Denny hill, hitting most of the green lights, and our fare was $7.55. We gave him a $10 bill.

I always tip when Im drunk
  • I always tip when I'm drunk
In typical Funhouse form, we had too much fun and by 1:50 a.m. we were standing on 5th Ave, drunker than skunks. Helga also twisted her ankle during the last set, so not only was she her wearing her drunkie pants—she couldn't walk. We tried hailing and calling both Yellow and Orange taxis, but no one would come. After what seemed like an eternity (and was probably about 20-25 minutes) a long, black limousine pulled up. I yanked open the door and asked if "it would cossh a million dollarsh to go to Capitol Hillshh." Limo guy says "No. Get in."

Limo guy flies up Denny, hitting most of the green lights. We get to my apartment building, and he stops. Without looking at any meter, he says "$25 bucks please." We drunkenly fumble, and he repeats it two more times. Limo guy is also HUGE. A freak. A giant. A scary-giant-freak wearing lots of gold jewelry, cologne, and suit-n-tie. I give him a credit card. And a tip. $30.

What I want to know, is almost triple-fare normal for a limo? Even one you didn't call or schedule? Even one from Lynwood Washington that most certainly picked you up because you and your friend Helga looked like two drunk bimbos, swaying and weaving on a sidewalk in front of a bar?

We were stupid*, to be sure, but were we also taken for a ride?

*Not stupid was the Funhouse lineup—Thee Cormans, Le Sang Song, Broomsticks, and Telemesser. Loved all three local bands, plus Cormans. Photos of the latter after the jump...

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all photos Kelly O

 

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T 1
I once caught a limo from Pioneer Square to Belltown (my friends and I were drunk and thought it'd be rad). Fare was about $8, where a cab would have run probably $4. It was worth it for the bulletpoint in the story of a really crazy night.

The time it wasn't worth it: Right before Christmas, I was stumbling out of The Showbox trying to hail a cab, when a towncar pulls up. I tell him I'm headed to Capitol Hill and he says "hop in!" We get to my place and he says the fare is $12 (usually runs about $8-9, so I'm ok with it). I hand him my credit card and he almost immediately manages to "misplace" it. He fumbles around in the car for a good 5 minutes before I say "I don't wanna be a dick, but if you can't find the card in the next 10 seconds, I'm calling the cops." Naturally, he finds it immediately. The credit card slip I signed also wasn't much of a credit card slip. The whole thing felt really fishy, so I cancelled the card the second I got home. With it being a holiday weekend, I ended up not having a credit card for almost 2 weeks. Lame.

But to answer your question, $25 was entirely too much for you to pay.
Posted by T on January 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM · Report this
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always got to ask upfront "how much" !! and don't tip that fucker 20% ! you weren't stupid, stupid is driving. you were awesome & smart (and nice) cuz yer Kelly O :) xoxo
Posted by tommy spokane on January 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
34x42 3
i just walk up denny to my place at 16th and harrison, because i'm not lazy. if i were lazy though, i'd call crown black probably.
Posted by 34x42 on January 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
dan10things 4
I don't know how you could expect a limo ride to be less than $25. Next time take Uber or Black Crown, usually just $5 more than a taxi and a way nicer ride.
Posted by dan10things http://10thingszine.blogspot.com on January 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
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I didn't have Black Crown's number in my phone, but I do now! http://crownblackcar.com/

@3 - I'd usually walk to, but Hester had a bum foot!

@2 - Tommy Spokane, haven't I seen you somewhere? Did you submit a film to HUMP?
Posted by Kelly O on January 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM · Report this

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