To explain why, allow me to discuss a few horror stories I've experienced over the years.
1. The Psycho
Me and 2 friends hailed a cab after a house party downtown. The guy seemed nice but was driving pretty nervously (accelerating violently and breaking suddenly). Me and my friends were laughing about something in back seat and the driver basically slammed his foot on the break like a complete psycho, right in the middle of the street.
He turned around with huge smile and said: "did it work?"
When we asked him "did what work?"
He said: "did I cure your friend's hiccups?"
Apparently he thought the laughs were hiccups and he took it upon himself to cure those hiccups by scaring the living shit out of us. Great plan buddy.
2. The Cash Guys
The last 4 times (seriously not exagerating) I took a cab, I happened to have cash on me. And not one of those drivers hesitated to offer me a 10$ flat rate to where I was going. 4 out of 4. If it had happened once I wouldn't have cared, but that just goes to show how the taxi industry really thinks. Instead of improving their service to compete, they simply want to cheat, scam and steal, and that's not a organization I want to fund.
3. The One Who Never Shows Up
This has happened far too many times to count. You call a cab, they say they'll be there in 5 minutes, and no one ever shows up. You call after 15 minutes of waiting, and all dispatch says is it's on the way. So you wait another 10 minutes and still nothing. Now you're late, you're stressed, and your only solution is to try a different taxi service in the hopes they'll actually show up.
4. The One Who Isn't Prepared
Luckily as of today all taxis must accept debit and credit cards. But up until now, you had to ask or hope they would accept credit. On several occasions, I requested a taxi that takes cards, and once I get dropped off at my destination, I pull out my card and they say: "sorry cash only". THEN WHY THE FUCK DID I EVEN BOTHER REQUESTING IT?!
Same thing happens when I ask for a cab that accepts dogs. They show up and claim they weren't warned. If you can't keep track of requests, don't pretend like you can.
Even worse, I once requested a dog-friendly cab and when they showed up, they claimed my dog was too big. TOO BIG? For the record my dog is Boston Terrier. So basically according to the taxi industry, anything bigger than a chihuahua is considered a big dog.
5. The ones who don't listen to you
Unless you know 100% where you're going, do not trust a cab driver to get you there. And be clear about where you're going because taxis only hear what they want to hear. The last time I asked a driver to take me to Saint-Laurent, I made the mistake of looking down at my phone. When I looked up, I asked him why we were headed toward the highway. He said: "We're going to Ville St-Laurent right?" *facepalm*
Bonus: The Food/The Music/ The Dirt
Allow me to deal with these in point form:
Stop eating lunch in your car, it smells like shit.
Don't leave newspapers on the floor of the cab all year long.
Throw out that dirty-ass Kleenex box already, it looks like it's 5 years old.
Ask me if I mind your annoying music.
Vacuum every once in awhile.
Ask me if I have a preferred route
Finally, if you're going to ask for cash, make sure you at least have some change.
I'm very tempted to keep this article going, in fact I probably have enough stories to fill 3 more articles, but I'm just going to stop now before I get too carried away.
Montreal's Autoroute Métropolitaine is one mean road.
That's according to CAA-Quebec's sixth annual Worst Roads campaign, which deemed the 21-kilometre stretch of Highway 40 between the Décarie interchange and boulevard Henri-Bourassa the worst road in Montreal.
In a province plagued by pot-holed roads, almost 3,000 Quebecers voted between April 20 and May 17 to decide which ones were the shabbiest and 69 crumbling thoroughfares made the cut.
Located a half-hour's drive from Montreal, chemin de la Grande-Ligne in the community of Carignan earned the dubious honour of being named the worst road in Quebec, followed by the "Ferry Ramp" access in the Gaspé community of Matane, and Rimouski's chemin du 3e-Rang-du-Bic.
Closer to home, boulevard Saint-Joseph Est and rue Saint-Denis were deemed the second and third worst roads in Montreal, respectively.
Where are the worst roads in Canada?
Have experts concluded Quebec has the worst roads in the country? "Not exactly," stated Alan Carter, a professor and manager of the Pavements and Bituminous Materials Laboratory at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), in an accompanying Q & A.
"While road conditions can differ from one province to another, the overall situation is quite similar. Generally speaking, between 15% and 25% of the roads are in bad or very bad shape," he said.
"It's important to mention, however, that it's hard to produce a comprehensive analysis of Canada's roads, since we don't have a database for that information, and the quality criteria vary from one province to the next."
However, Guy Doré, a professor at the Université Laval's Department of Civil Engineering, seemed to confirm our worst fears.
"The few studies on the subject place Quebec at the back of the pack when compared with other provinces. But we need to be careful with these statistics because the provinces and territories don't all use the same criteria to evaluate and report on road conditions."
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Jean-Pierre Brabant, an SPVM media relations officer, said police will be in contact with the driver in order to figure out how and why he lost control of the vehicle.
As of 12:45 p.m., Brabant said investigators were on the scene in Pierrefonds to try and establish the circumstances of the event.
TVA News reported that the driver "mowed down" a Hydro-Quebec pole, hit the girl — who was walking on the side of the street — head-on, and came to a stop by hitting an oncoming car driving in the opposite direction.
The summer heat is well underway in Montreal. If you're looking for a refreshing experience, Wet Set MTL lets you ride a personal jet ski for less than $90 on the St. Lawrence River with breathtaking views of Montreal.
A 20-minute ride along the Old Port of Montreal behind a guide only costs $26.10. If you'd rather drive your own jet ski, you can discover St. Helen's Island, Notre-Dame Island, the Biosphere, La Ronde and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge for $86.20, accompanied by a guide.
You can also go further and take a one-hour ride towards the La Prairie Basin on the Lachine Rapids side, passing under the Concorde, Victoria, Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges for $134.81.
For a romantic getaway, it's also possible to take a one-hour jet ski tour at $143.50 under the sunset.
A two-hour excursion on the Boucherville islands is also offered at $247.88 to observe the fauna and flora. Note that no matter what the itinerary is, a minimum of two jet skis must be reserved to ensure a departure.
Jet Skiing With Wet Set MTL Adventures
Cost: $26.10 for 20 minutes behind a guide, $86.20 for 30 minutes of autonomous driving. An added $26.10 per additional passenger. A deposit is required for the rental. A driver's license is not required.
The show is hosted by Afrim Pristine, who Food Network calls "the world's youngest Maître Fromager (Cheese Master)." Throughout the series, Pristine will showcase the cheese profile of cities and countries around the world, as he meets up with "culinary pioneers" of the cheese biz.
Quebec's episode is the fourth in the first season. Pristine tastes modern cheesy classics in Montreal (including poutine) and stops at two generations-old fromageries outside the city before travelling to Quebec City and Charlevoix.
You can expect to see him cross paths with Chuck Hughes of Le Bremner and Michele Forgione of Chez Tousignant. Montrealers know that these guys know their cheese!
Cheese-lovers everywhere can stream Cheese: A Love Story on the Global TV app with a subscription or through STACKTV on Amazon Prime. It premieres on June 9 at 8 p.m.