Monday, November 28, 2005

Auto drivers beware!

I am back in town. No trip home is complete without a gory fight with the auto dude. Yesterday in Ernakulam:

Auto dude(AD): That was Rs 25.

Moi: What?

My aunt: But the meter has only 14.

AD: I told you it will be 25 and you said yes.

Moi: Well no. You said 25 and then you said that's what the meter we will show. We said let's see. Your meter now says 14.

AD: No no. Its 1.5 times the meter charge.

Moi: At 1 in the afternoon?

AD: Yes yes. I told you that already.

My mom: No, you did not. This is a rip-off.

AD: No, no. You pay me 25 now.

Moi: Why do you even have a meter then? Amma, get him 20, that's enough.

AD: You be happy that we don't rip you off like you people do in your place TamilNadu and give me Rs 25.

Moi: Oh, I see. You have just gifted Trivandrum to TamilNadu. That's interesting.

AD: Whatever. All I am telling you is that we don't rip you like you people do. Give me Rs 25 now.

Moi: Amma, no. Here, give me 15. Here. I will not give you a paisa above 15. Lets just say that I am ripping you off like I have been taught to do.

AD: You cannot do that. You give me 25 now.

Moi: Ofcourse I can. I have a reputation to maintain. How can I go back home and tell people that I did not rip off unsuspecting Mallu auto driver? Here's your 15. If you have a problem, go complain to the police. We will be in this store for the next couple of hours.

7 comments:

Delhi's Deviant said...

that's the way dude. stand up to the auto drivers mafia, we are the last line of defence.

Lost-n-Found said...

seriously be it any place the story is always same. God forbid if u dont know the local language or directions. And if you belong to the "fairer" sex tauba tauba :)

Sakshi said...

You go Girl......!!!

arun said...

what if you didnt have change for Rs 15?

it happened a no of times.after all the arguement,i'll say;now!i'll give you only 20 (say!) and will search the vallet to take out the minimum I can find,some 50 rs note!all arguements gone waste:((

Sundar said...

yossarian sure lives....

Ravages said...

How dare thou demean and insult my homeland's autodrivers. Valiant souls they all, and only a true blue damilan shall do the said demeaning and insulting.

I will tell thol thirumalvalavan teacher now you wait and see

டி ராஜ்/ DRaj said...

Loved this one :)