I live less than 2km from work. I love it. The biggest frustration – it makes it very hard for me to justify adding the expense of owning a vehicle onto my already significant debtload.
Also, I get good exercise etc. by walking to work. When the weather gets nicer (and I gain a bit more confidence on two wheels) I’ll bike. Unfortunately, there are always those few days a month where I get totally lazy and I both sleep in, and don’t want to walk. I can’t take the bus on those days, since the bus actually takes longer than walking (It goes on a 10k jaunt around the area I work in, before it passes by on the back side). So I call a cab. It’s a $6 one-way trip – definitely well worth the extra sleep I can get.
This morning was one of those mornings. The cabbie drops me at work, and we realize, we both only have $20 bills. What to do? Well what the cabbie did, was leave me his cell phone number and say “give me a call later this afternoon when you have some change, and I’ll come pick up the fare then.” I could’ve totally ripped him off (it’s only $6 – but still…) and he wouldn’t be able to do a damn thing about it. The only thing he knows about me is the building I work in. Granted, he should’ve had change – but he put a lot of trust in the good of people to do the right thing.
I just gave him a call, and let him know there was an envelope with his fare waiting at reception for him – he can pick it up before four. I hope he gets a few good karma points for giving me a break this morning.