June 17, 2009
June 17, 2009 – Bums, Bums, Bums
Every few days I get one of these.
These rides are the worst. We get these pickups from the local hospital to pick up one of the bums from San Diego. For some reason they cart them over here to Cortez. When we get them they always smell like shit, have no money, and are usually still half in the bag. Often times they have pissed their pants. Often times they are beaten up and you have to worry about your seats getting stained with a range of fluids. They have been known to throw up in the cars of other taxi drivers.
Since they have no money the hospital gives us a voucher to take them to a predetermined destination. Usually Chicano Park. A bum dumping ground of sorts. The only tip that I get is from other drivers – “Try to avoid these rides, they suck.” Amen brother!
Sometimes they want to go to another destination, which we don’t do. Since the hospital is paying for what they want we go with what they tell us. Sometimes the bums get surly and bark (and grunt) orders. Usually they’re unintelligible. After picking up one belligerent bum after another the rides from the sailors start looking pretty rosy.