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Fayetteville cabbie wants fee to clean up after drunken fares

Posted July 11, 2012

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— A Fayetteville taxi driver wants the city to impose a $75 "regurgitation fee" to help cab companies recoup the cost of cleaning up after drunken customers.

Joseph Robinson, president of the Fayetteville Taxicab Association, said the fee is needed because of late-night passengers leaving bars.

"We actually have people who (vomit in cabs) on purpose, and that's a biohazard to the driver as well as customers," Robinson said. "We need to be compensated for that because we may spend two or three hours cleaning that mess up, and you still don't get the smell out."

He also is urging the City Council to raise the base fare on all rides from $2 to $10 and set a $15 minimum on airport rides.

The Taxi Review Board would have to sign off on the fare increases before the Fayetteville City Council could consider them.

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  • kermit60 Jul 13, 2012

    What part of throwing up in a cab creats the need to raise base fair by 500%? But if the city can get a few more tax dollars they will probably approve it.

  • not my real name Jul 12, 2012

    If they would let you roll down the window they wouldn't have that problem. Cover the seats in plastic and take out all the carpet. Puke happens. $10 minimum is crazy for a cab ride.

  • RNmomX4 Jul 12, 2012

    I have to say I agree with Piene on this one. I have heard many people say they don't have the money for a cab and mumble out "I'll be fine" because they don't want to spend another $20 on a safe ride home. After all, they just spent $100 on their bar tab. Sad but true.

  • nowon_yuno Jul 12, 2012

    In Europe a "regurgitation fee" for taxis is common and usually closer to $300 (equivalent). They should implement this here!
    westernwake1

    I lived in Germany for 5 years and never heard of that. Must be something new. But then again my Army buddies and I could hold our liquor. I have seen people throw up on the train after Silvester parties though

  • Hans Jul 11, 2012

    Who the heck would vomit in a cab on purpose? I've had friends vomit in a cab, but not on purpose. When we got to our destination, we apologized profusely, got the cleaning chemicals out, cleaned that stuff up best we could, and tipped the driver immensely.

  • rdc42179 Jul 11, 2012

    Bet you aren't claiming those tips those drunks give you though are you, You have the right to refuse them just like any other business.

  • piene2 Jul 11, 2012

    Let us do all we can to discourage drunks from taking alternate transportation. Heck, they can just drive themselves home and throw up in their own cars.

  • johnny2times Jul 11, 2012

    So can emergency personal charge for cleaning up crash scenes and bodily fluids? It comes with the job drivers...if you know that your picking up drunks or people that COULD be drunk, then you know what your getting into.

    If this was emergency personal, people would be crying that it comes with the job...well same thing here..deal with it.

  • bullethole357 Jul 11, 2012

    Cleaning up some drunk's vomit for $75.00. No way I would do it for that.

  • westernwake1 Jul 11, 2012

    In Europe a "regurgitation fee" for taxis is common and usually closer to $300 (equivalent). They should implement this here!