At the risk of sounding like The Bitch, I will call him The Asshole
It was an obscure street, somewhere in the foothills of Twin Peaks. I had never heard of this street, much less been on it.
I arrived a little bit early. When I pulled up in front of the address, I saw somebody through the window. Cool, I thought. They can see me. They know their cab is here.
I waited for about a minute but nobody came out. I was only mildly annoyed by this. I was early after all.
I got out of the cab and knocked on the door. The Asshole opened the door, chewing and holding a plate of spaghetti.
"Did you call a cab?"
"I'll be out in a sec."
You better, I thought. And you better not finish that plate of spaghetti before you come out.
As I got back into the cab, a Yellow Cab tried to squeeze by me on the narrow road. He slowed down to almost a stop and looked at me suspiciously.
The Asshole came out shortly thereafter. I don't think he had finished the spaghetti. I heard him have a conversation with the Yellow Cab driver. I didn't hear the words that were exchanged, but as he got into my cab, I heard The Asshole dismissively say "Sorry!"
"Did you call two cabs?" I asked.
"Was that driver here for 112 Teslin*?"
"That's my address."
"What did the driver say to you?"
"He asked if I called two cabs but I didn't."
I knew he was lying. He had so called two cabs. He had called Green Cab and he had Yellow Cab, and he didn't want to admit it. But I could see right through him.
He had to go to Chestnut and Sansome. I didn't talk to him for the whole ride because I was mad, less for calling two cabs but for lying about it. Our eyes met in the rear view mirror once, on Larkin near Eddy, and at that moment I knew that he knew that I knew he was lying. Liar.
When we got to his destination, the meter was at $16.60.
"Here you go." He handed me a twenty.
"Thanks," I said. Then, after a beat: "Do you need any change?"
"Uh. Yeah. Give me a buck."
After he left my cab, I kept shaking with disgust that The Asshole had asked for one dollar back. That's just petty. To me, it put the icing on The Asshole. But maybe I was just mad at myself for asking if he needed change. I think he had originally intended for me to keep the change, but since I asked, he decided to take a dollar. I don't always want to assume that all the change is for me, so I ask. In this case though, I wish I had assumed.
I got on the phone to the dispatcher.
"That 112 Teslin*? He called two cabs."
"Really? Did you get him though?"
"Yes, I got him, but he called Yellow too."
"Okay. I'm putting him on our blacklist."
*Address made up to protect The Asshole.