DIARY: CRASH AND BURN - Andy Bush recalls how a simple cab ride suddenly turned into Taxi Driver

Brit abroad Andy Bush is quite happy to argue over a cab fare, but not if it’s going to cost him his life.

Brit abroad Andy Bush is quite happy to argue over a cab fare, but not

if it’s going to cost him his life.



As ad sales account manager at Time in New York, Bush travels to various

US cities on business. On a visit to Boston, the cab driver who picked

him up at the airport pegged him as a new boy in town.



’He took full advantage by taking me down the same road into the city

three times. We kept driving around in a continuous loop. When we

finally arrived at my hotel, he told me the fare came to dollars 45.

When I asked him to divide it by three he took major offence, became

extremely violent and slipped the words ’gun in my locker’ into a now

rather one-sided conversation.’



Needless to say, the driver got his dollars 45, plus a healthy tip.



’I didn’t ask for a receipt - I was too busy thanking him for the

’lovely scenic route’ he took. Then I scurried rapidly into the safety

of the hotel. Moral of the story: don’t contemplate serious arguments in

a country where over 75 per cent of the adult population have guns.’



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