I want a cab, innit!

13 April 2008 — 2 Comments

I’m loving this story about a London teenager who tried to call directory enquiries to book a cab to Bristol and accidentally ordered some furniture!

She tried to book a taxi but used the cockney rhyming slang “Joe Baxi” to the confused operator who told her they were unable to find anyone by that name.

The short-tempered woman snapped back, saying: “It ain’t a person, it’s a cab, innit!”

The operator responded to the request by locating Displaysense, the nearest supplier of cabinets, and put the woman through to the company.

She then started speaking to an equally confused saleswoman and fumed: “Look love, how hard is it? All I want is your cheapest cab, innit. I need it for 10am. How much is it?”

The saleswoman responded by saying it would cost £180.

The teenager wasn’t put off by the figure and gave her address details before saying: “I wanna pay by card, ’cause I got no cash.”

The company received an enraged phone call the following morning when the woman, who was expecting a taxi, was sent one of their retail/office cabinets instead.

You’d think at some point she’d have figured out she wasn’t speaking to a taxi firm. £180 for a cab to Bristol? Wow! I’d take the train.

Jon

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2 responses to I want a cab, innit!

  1. Whilst an £180 taxi sounds a lot, if I could afford it I think I’d take it. All the fun of the train except your definitely going to get a seat.

    Mind you, come to think of it, I think I’d rather the Office furniture.

  2. Whilst an £180 taxi sounds a lot, if I could afford it I think I’d take it. All the fun of the train except your definitely going to get a seat.

    Mind you, come to think of it, I think I’d rather the Office furniture.

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