DIARY: TOP GEAR - Blank taxi receipt

Forget selling space - the time has come to complete the task that can challenge even the most numerically adept brain. Yes, you’re about to fill in your expenses form.

Forget selling space - the time has come to complete the task that

can challenge even the most numerically adept brain. Yes, you’re about

to fill in your expenses form.



So what tools do you need for this task? A pen, obviously. A calculator,

almost certainly. And a pile of credit card receipts from Circus,

Alphabet, Two Floors, Langan’s and other assorted temples to alcohol and

gastronomy.



But the real essential, the expense-adjusting device par excellence, is

the blank taxi receipt. After all, most work-related events that require

you to take a cab home find you ill-equipped to ask for a record of your

journey. So unless you have some blanks, you’re going to find yourself

out of pocket.



Now, getting hold of one (or even a stack) of these babies should be

simple. But to do so you need to understand the psyche of your average

cabbie.



One thing is for sure: your cabbie needs respect. Be nice to the

man.



Listen to his outrageously right-wing views with an expression that

masks your inner disgust - it’s worth it.



Because at the end of the journey, if you give him a big enough tip,

when you ask for a receipt he will say those magic words: ’Shall I just

give you a couple of blanks?’ Oh yes.





Blank taxi receipt - pounds 20 plus



Available from licensed London taxi drivers and dodgy geezers in cars.



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