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