Sunday, December 25, 2011

Drivers' Holiday

Tonight two of our Western teachers, a Canadian and an American, hailed a cab. It stopped, and the driver told them it'd be ten yuan. No, it was supposed to be eight, the teachers said. They told him to beat it. A second driver pulled up. Again the driver said it was ten. At this time, an Eastern teacher and I came up and asked what the problem was. The Eastern teacher talked with the driver.

"{It's Christmas,}" he said, "{so tonight it's ten yuan."} I couldn't believe it.

"It's not even your holiday!" I yelled at him.

We told him to get out of there. He lingered a bit, his door open. Get lost, we said.

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