11 April 2008

A cab, innit

'A teenager was greeted by a display cabinet instead of a taxi because her 'Ali G-style' slang confused a series of phone operators.  The girl hurriedly dialled directory inq­uiries to book a taxi from her home in London to Bristol airport, using the cockney rhyming slang Joe Baxi.  But the operator told her they were unable to find anyone by that name.  Seething, the youngster snapped back: 'It ain't a person, it's a cab, innit.'  The operator duly gave her what she asked for and put her through to the nearest supplier of cabinets, Displaysense.

The teenager must have felt the world was against her when a cabinet saleswoman seemed equally confused.  'Look love, how hard is it?' she fumed. 'All I want is your cheapest cab, innit. I need it for 10am. How much is it?' The sales adviser told her £180. The tantrum-throwing teenager quickly left her address details before ringing off.

The next morning, rather than being picked up by a cab, the young woman had the cabinet dropped off'
- Metro.co.uk, 11 April 2008 
[Great stuff!  But too good to be true, surely?  And I love the idea that the girl thought that taking a taxi from London to Bristol airport - a distance of 200km - was a good idea in the first place]

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