August 19, 2012
August 27, 2009 – Cheaper Last Time?
Sailor: How much to I.B. (Imperial Beach)
Me: Upwards of $25.
Sailor: What do you mean?
Me: $25 to the front end of I.B., the closest part.
Sailor: So how much to where I’m going?
Me: Where do you want to go?
Sailor: By the 5 (Interstate 5).
Me: Around $28.
Sailor: It was $20 last time.
Me: No it wasn’t.
Sailor: Yeah, so will you do it for $20.
Sailor: Well that’s what it was last time.
Me: I don’t set the rates, the city does. They are set by mileage, and whatever the meter comes out to is going to be your fare. I can take whatever route that you would like me to, but it’s going to be at least $27.
We arrive 15 minutes later…
Sailor: Ok. (Gives me exactly 27.40).
Sailor: Sorry, I’d give more but that’s all I got.
Me: Wow, you must really be good at estimation. If the meter rolled over another 20 cents I guess we would be in trouble huh.
Sailor: (Confused) Yeah.
I had asked a tough question…