Nurse 1 - "Can I have change?"
Me - "Oh you want your 50 cents? sure, here it is."
I hand them the two quarters quickly
Nurse 1 - "No, I want change of a 5. Give me 3 singles for 5."
Me - "Oh okay."
I hand her 3 singles, but I don't receive a five dollar bill. Nurse opens the door and has one foot out of the cab.
Me - "Hey. I need 5 dollars for that!"
She reluctantly gave me the 5, but feels like she's loosing money. I take the 2nd nurse around the corner, with the meter off, in this time another 40 or 80 cents would have ticked on the meter. And she says:
Nurse 2 - "I need change too, give me another 5 singles."
Me - "Sure."
She gets her 5, and proceeds out the door as well. I am completely bewildered that these two were this completely non-functional.
Me - "Hey!! I need 5 dollars."
Nurse 2 - "Well didn't you already get 5 from her?"
Me - "No, I got 5 dollars, I gave her back 50 cents, then I gave her 3 dollars for her 5.
Nurse 2 - "But you in total should have 12 dollars now and the fare was only 5 dollars."
after contemplating this for a short second, I remembered how easily I can get very confused, and realizing this may get complicated. I franticall waved my hands in exasperation.
Me - "Ooh, whatever, just give me 5 okay!"
So after calculating it all I gave her the 2 extra dollars which I thought would be a tip, for the 5 dollar bill that she again, reluctantly gave to me. I have no idea how she can sleep at night, by taking her friend's 2 dollars, and my tip for her self.
My next fare took me all the way to Bedford-Stuyvesant, a wonderful 26 dollars and 60 cents. She paid with a credit card and didn't tip. I was happy anyway, as the streets had nobody who needed a cab, and I was lucky to have such a trip. It is very strange recently how more and more people aren't tipping, but still odd things happen and people occasionally will tip 300% sometimes, we never know, so we must be on good behavior just incase.