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Denver cabbies fear being stiffed by delegates' vouchers (RATS DO NOT PAY THEIR FARE SHARE?)
Rocky Mountain News ^ | 8/19/08 | Daniel J. Chacon

Posted on 08/19/2008 7:46:09 PM PDT by Libloather

Denver cabbies fear being stiffed by delegates' vouchers
By Daniel J. Chacon, Rocky Mountain News
Updated 07:45 p.m., August 19, 2008

The 5,000 delegates coming to Denver for the Democratic National Convention will each be getting $40 transportation vouchers.

But the vouchers may be worthless in the eyes of some taxi drivers.

City Councilman Michael Hancock said some taxi company owners are concerned that their drivers won't accept the vouchers out of fear that the Denver 2008 Host Committee won't reimburse them.

"We want to make sure that taxi drivers feel confident that they'll be taken care of ... and that we don't have uncomfortable taxi drivers out there," Hancock said Tuesday. "They don't make very good ambassadors."

Hancock revealed the taxi drivers' reservations about the voucher program during the final City Council briefing on the DNC.

**SNIP**

"The city should not believe that the whole cab world is going to thumb their nose at the DNC host committee on this," he said. "I don't believe for a minute that it's more than 100 guys ... If those 100 guys don't take the vouchers, there's 900 others who will."

At a "celebrity car wash" for taxi drivers Tuesday, Alexander said every driver that he talked to said they were going to accept the vouchers.

Chris Lopez, spokesman for the local host committee which is responsible for raising the money to put on the DNC, said cabbies will be made whole.

"We will make good on every voucher," he said.

**SNIP**

Mitchell, who helped bring the taxi companies together with the host committee, said he has no reason to believe that drivers wouldn't be reimbursed.

"These vouchers are almost like a credential," he said.

**SNIP**

(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; convention; denver; dnc; obama; rats; voucher
"The city should not believe that the whole cab world is going to thumb their nose at the DNC host committee on this," he said.

Why not? I do! (As does every other real American...)

It isn't very 'green' to have one driver and only one passenger. They really need to load up those cabs with as many smelly people as possible!

1 posted on 08/19/2008 7:46:09 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

i wouldn’t accept vouchers.

period.


2 posted on 08/19/2008 7:48:09 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Libloather
the dems are famous for stiffing people on the campaign trail. And they have hurt a lot of small business people - indeed, even put some out of business - with bills not paid.
3 posted on 08/19/2008 7:49:30 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (No trees were killed in sending this message but a lot of electrons were terribly agitated)
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To: Libloather
My response when the Dems default on their vouchers.

haha.wav


4 posted on 08/19/2008 7:50:47 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Whale oil: the renewable biofuel for the 21st century.)
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To: Libloather
City Councilman Michael Hancock said some taxi company owners are concerned that their drivers won't accept the vouchers out of fear that the Denver 2008 Host Committee won't reimburse them.

The greatest predictor of future behavior is past behavior. The DNC has a history of not paying it's bills.

5 posted on 08/19/2008 7:52:50 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: maine-iac7

I recall a few such places with the Clinton campaign just the past year.

It sure is funny to see Democrats screw the people they claim to care about!


6 posted on 08/19/2008 7:53:08 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: Libloather

All the Dems have to do is arrange a letter of credit to cover the vouchers. But I suspect they won’t do that, because they’d have to have the funds available (or a good credit line) to back the LoC.


7 posted on 08/19/2008 7:53:42 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: maine-iac7
the dems are famous for stiffing people on the campaign trail. And they have hurt a lot of small business people - indeed, even put some out of business - with bills not paid.

Definitely.

Besides, how's the counterfeit voucher market doing?

8 posted on 08/19/2008 7:55:04 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Libloather

It just keeps getting better. What a great week, and it’s only Tuesday!


9 posted on 08/19/2008 7:59:53 PM PDT by Mr. Binnacle (Baby, Everybody's Had to Fight to be Free - Tom Petty)
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To: Mr. Binnacle
What a great week, and it’s only Tuesday!

And the freak-fest hasn't even started! (I'm waiting for some pictures - in full Kodachrome...)

10 posted on 08/19/2008 8:03:18 PM PDT by Libloather (August is Liberal Awareness Month.)
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If they are not going to stiff the cab drivers then why not give each delegate 40 bucks. Then they could pay cash for their cab fare.

But the Democrats are asking for credit. If I were cab driver I would not take their vouchers. Cab drivers can’t go into a filling station and fill up their cabs tank and pay for it with vouchers.

I would tell the democrats to pay cash or walk.

Why not have the delgates pay the cab drivers and have the driver fill out a recipt form and then reimburse the delegates?

Perhaps democrats do not want to siff their own delegates. Cab drivers are another matter.


11 posted on 08/19/2008 8:15:47 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Common Tator

Because they know that the $40 would be spent on “herbal medicine” and prostitutes.


12 posted on 08/19/2008 8:24:33 PM PDT by gop4lyf
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To: Libloather

Oh, I get it. NOW they’re all in favor of vouchers....


13 posted on 08/19/2008 8:26:00 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: Libloather

Silly me, I thought the Dems were AGAINST vouchers.


15 posted on 08/19/2008 8:32:14 PM PDT by Ronin (Is there some rule that says that when an evil man gets sick, we must pretend he was a saint?)
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To: Common Tator
If they are not going to stiff the cab drivers then why not give each delegate 40 bucks.

$40 - UP FRONT? Apparently, you don't understand how this scam works...

16 posted on 08/19/2008 8:42:43 PM PDT by Libloather (August is Liberal Awareness Month.)
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To: PAR35
all the dems have to do is pay the cab fare then submit the vouchers to the DNC, why inconvenience the cabdrivers with fuel expenses and loss of income until the vouchers are reimbursed if ever.
17 posted on 08/19/2008 8:45:54 PM PDT by pennboricua
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To: Ronin

Good one!


18 posted on 08/19/2008 9:02:44 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Libloather
"City Councilman Michael Hancock said some taxi company owners are concerned that their drivers won't accept the vouchers out of fear that the Denver 2008 Host Committee won't reimburse them."

Yeah...I heard that also. I'm just sayin'....If I was a Denver cabbie...I wouldn't take a voucher from this group...Not with how they have a record of shaftin' over landlords, caterers and other groups they do business with....but that just me.


Let chaos reign...heh heh heh.
19 posted on 08/19/2008 9:17:31 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Libloather

no cash... no ride-y.


20 posted on 08/19/2008 9:24:28 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Libloather

Why aren’t the delegates expected to pay for their own transportation expenses? What are they, children?

If the delegates have their cab fares paid for, what else do they expect to have paid for them? Their airfare to Denver? Their hotel bill? Their food costs during the convention?


21 posted on 08/19/2008 10:39:38 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Libloather

“What a great week, and it’s only Tuesday!

And the freak-fest hasn’t even started! (I’m waiting for some pictures - in full Kodachrome...) “

I am afraid you may have to settle for pictures in full KommieKrome. These are Democrats, after all.


22 posted on 08/20/2008 9:42:40 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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