So here's the deal I hate, I absolutely hate this city's public transport systems....full of greasy sweaty people, germs and no place to sit unless you are woman with one leg over 60 years of age. The general population just stands. So I always either walk ( looking at my physique people do doubt this but I walk a lot plus I regularly have been hiking in the Himalayas and have canvassed some pretty major trekking routes) or well find someone willing to drive me to my destination, last resorts are A'ricks.
Anyway a few days back or maybe it was a week, I really am zoned out these days, I had to go to school to collect I believe the fee-book..anyway I set out out at around 8.30 hailed an auto, after haggling for about another 10 minutes the guy agreed to a metered rate, so I got in and dozed off. Anyway I reached school at about 9.15 or so, the meter read 53 bucks, I handed him the cash, I was pleased cause usually a trip like this would cost some sixty-ish bucks I had saved 7 bucks..YAY! anyway I turned and started to walk away and the guy called out: (the conversation is listed below)
Auto-rick guy: Saab 25% extra lage ga? (sir, you will be charged 25% extra)
Me: Kyun (why so?)
Auto-rick guy: Night-charges.
Me: *Burst out laughing.* WTF? Night charges subah ke 9 bajje? (Night charges at 9 in the morning)
A'rick guy: Sir, raat 11 bajje se subah 9 bajje tak night charge lagta hai. (night charges applicable from 11 in the night to 9 in the morning). Apne 8.30 bajje auto kiya toh night charge lagega ( You hailed the auto at 8.30 so you have to pay the night charge)
Then he pulled out a regulation book ..seemed legit, I read through it. The guy was right. I owed him another 25%
So did some math in my head 53 bucks +25%extra gives 66.25 round of two 67. The guy initially had asked me for a flat rate of 65 bucks, so instead of saving 7 bucks like I initially thought, I now paid 2 bucks extra. If only I had agreed to his flat-rate 65 bucks
So traveler beware!!
And right now this seems apt I guess,
The Passive Observer GOT TROLLED ! :D
--Odos Mahog aka Ghoom Soda out!