Denny’s Daily Zinger: The End of TaxisAugust 8, 2014 By Denny Hatch
They are grungy, with an impenetrable wall in front of me. I have no legroom.
I worry. Are we going the most direct route? What should I tip? I hate fumbling for cash and waiting for change.
Last week, a medallion—which gives a cabbie the right to operate his scuzzy cab in New York City—sold for $965,000.00.
The Uber Experience
We spent the weekend in New York City where Peggy put the Uber App on her new iPhone and gave Uber her credit card number.
After a visit with family, Peggy hit the App and a map of our West 78th Street neighborhood appeared. In the center was a red flag showing exactly where we were located. In the nearby streets were schematics of seven black cars with a message: "The nearest driver is approximates 5 minutes away."
Five minutes later, a spotlessly clean black Chrysler Town Car pulled up and we gave the well-dressed driver an address on West 44th Street.
Fifteen minutes later, we pulled up in front of Sardi's restaurant, said "thank you" to the driver, and went in for the late Vincent Sardi's spectacular signature cannelloni.
No cash changed hands. Peggy's credit card was charged. Tip was included.
The receipt arrived a few minutes later on Peggy's iPhone—roughly 20 percent cheaper than a taxi.
This 21st century business model has totally replaced the 18th century one that goes back to horse and carriage days.
I love it!
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