--Picked a guy up at the port was taking him to Rainbow & Wigwam. I figured him for a local but it turns out that he is a home theater installer pro from LA who's in town to fix Penn's (from Penn & Teller) home theatre system. So I got to see Penn' house. Big, but looked more like a office building than a house. Really wierd looking actually. Also, take a guess what kinda car that guy drives? Keep in mind he's a half looney 6'5" person......Guy drives a Hot pink Mini. He has two of them actually, a backup for when one is in the shop I guess. Teller on the other hand, has the Co. limo pick him up.
--Was leaving the Mirage last week...tons of people walking by on the crosswalks and what not, usual for the strip, then I see Randy Johnson walking in the crowd. The big unit! Nobody is even realizing who they're walking next to. This guy is a first ballot HOF for sure. He looked right at me as he crossed in front of my cab as I was sitting at the light and I didnt say anything b/c im not the type. But I always think it's cool to see someone that is great.
--Picked up a family at the MGM a few weeks ago, they needed to go to the Washington Mutual bank a couple miles down on Tropicana and Eastern. I shoulda known right then.
Anyway we're halfway there and the Dad tells me that he doesnt have the money for the fair but thats why they're going to the bank and if I wait for him at the bank he will pay me and then take them back to MGM. I agreed (rolling my eyes) and I informed him that I was leaving the meter on while he was inside, and that the family needed to stay in the car. We get there and he's in there for what seemed like forever and he comes back out and tells me that his account is overdrawn and he cant get any cash. (meter read $13 something at that point) So Im thinking "great here we go"....so I told them:
Fine, Ill take your ring, your watch, and all the jewels that your wife has on
Guy had a nice looking Marine WWII ring, a ok looking watch, and his wife had a bunch of stuff on that looked like mostly costum stuff.
......So he about flips out when I say this and he's this big black dude thats almost as big as me. So I explain that he can 1) give me the $13, 2) give me all the jewels, or 3) I can call the cops at which point somebody is getting arrested. Now he's really flipping out and he storms back into the bank. At which point I turn around and told the wife to give me all of her jewels, she oblidged b/c she was scared at this point and she knew I wasnt fucking around, she also mentioned that there was:
there's no way you're getting his miltary ring
How much you wanna bet?
....Waiting a little bit longer I locked my car up, (with the family still in it) and walked into the bank, raised my voice and said:
SIR I NEED YOU OUTSIDE!
Everybody in the bank was looking at him wondering what the fuck was going on making me laugh. After he came outside I told him to give me his watch and his ring.
Do you really want to go to jail right now here in front of your wife and kid?
Still pissed he too realized that I wasnt kidding around so he oblidged as well and I let the family out and left them there. Thankfully I was close to the port and was picking up in no time. Back to work.