Si Vis Pacem Parabellum
Join Date: Feb 2006
Sportbike: 955i Speed Triple, 100AE Road King, AP1 Honda S2000
Years Riding: 1/3rd of my life.
How you found us: Cave Johnson
First of all, I was drinking and was certainly in no position to drive, I was not wasted though.
I'll add more details now that I'm sober and have had some time to rest. The cabbie said he was picking up other people headed west (New York and Eola, my destination is a straight shot west of DT Naperville). After he picked up these girls and we were underway, they informed the driver that we were headed to Oswego to drop them off. I said I wasn't cool with this and that I'm only about 7 minutes away. The driver said not to worry that we'd get them there quickly.
While we're driving down 75th, one of the girls mentions hitting up McDs, at this point the driver cuts across all four lanes to turn into the restaurant (there was a seperate signal for left turn that was red, which he ignored) and we pull into the drive through.
There are townhomes behind that McDs and I'm getting sick of this and kind of scared at this point. I tell the driver that I'm going to go to a friend's house who lives there and thank him for the ride. He tells me I should pay my portion of the fare. I tell him no since I'm no further west than I was before and now well south of where I need to be. The cab ride got took me much farther from home than I was in DT Naper.
At this point, I tell him goodnight and I'm sorry and open the cab door. He then grabs my arm and demands I pay the girls fare. I pull away from him and put one foot outside the door, he then hits the gas and pulls out of the drivethrough line. This is when I backhanded him and pushed the shifter all the way to the top and hopped out. There were a few people at the restaurant but no one seemed to notice what had happened.
I don't think what I did was unnecessary, the man didn't take me where I asked him to, he took me well away from my destination. Didn't ask me if it was ok to pick up these other girls, certainly didn't ask my permission to drop them off first, didn't ask if I wanted to go to McDs and then on top of it all, tried to use physical force to prevent me from leaving the cab. He got what was coming to him. I've taken hundreds of cab rides home from naperville and have always had a fine experience, this guy had a screw loose and got what was coming to him, sorry if you disagree.