2006-07-28

Autoooooooooooo..............

Our friend, an american who is travelling in india, was getting desperate that he could not find an auto back to Mahablipuram from near VGP (on ECR) at 1:00 in the morning. After some heavy partying and splashing in the pool, everyone was quite tired. Finally a share-auto gets stopped., and the other indian friend who was accompanying him to find him an auto., talks to the auto-driver in a broken tamil-malayalam mix about the destination. Auto driver takes one look at our passenger, and proposes Rs.600. Our american-friend instantly responds, "600?? You got it. Deal.. lets go.". Our indian-friend has not yet recovered from the shock of the proposal.

Auto driver chucks two passengers in the auto out to accomodate our american guy. Indian-friend finally wakes out of his shock and tries arguing with the auto driver. Auto driver turns to american-friend with one baby face explains about kids education, baby food for his newborn, his weakening eye-sight, bad roads, poor condition of auto, raise in petrol prices, retirment plans, etc.. Our indian-friend is more shocked and rooted to the ground speechless. American-friend says 'go' to the auto-driver. Auto driver silently curses himself that he did not ask for a 1000.

Next day at office everyone hears of this., one minute of eerie silence because of shock., then broke into peals of laughter literally rolling on the floor.

19 comments:

KK said...

I think I will earn more as an auto driver...should think of a job shift :)

Sowmiya said...

Hahahah! My aussie friend was ripped off similarly too a year ago. Although its actually not very nice...(I have never visited your blog before) so Hey!

Cheers!

rini said...

lol..lucky autooo driverrrr..hmmm coming to think of it , its a good future prospect i can consider..hehe

manasa said...

lol sure rinz

welwell somethin of da sort happened to those poor amsterdam guys tht auto driver asked him 100 rs for down da road !!!!!

lol neway
ode to the autodrivers
manasa

Arvind said...

Hahaha...
Reminds me of a scene I often see at the airport terminal/railway station...
Auto drivers waiting to pounce on helpless foreigners.. :P

We have loads of fun when our friend, a particularly white guy who's often mistaken for a foreigner (he was asked if he was an Italian model on a public train once! :P) walks upto an unsuspecting auto driver & speaks slowly in english (with a weird accent)... You should see the auto driver's face light up with glee while he charges this atrocious fare!!

Lol... Good times...

& No.. We don't take the auto.. We just capture that priceless look on that guy's face when he realises what a catch he's made!

Other ways of trippin on auto drivers include "frantically waving them down & asking for the time." Among many others..
Pls order a copy of my book...
"The guide to riding autos in Chennai & Why you should rather walk the distance".. :P

Parvathi said...

ah never mind.they steal from iraq..we steal from them..so much easier to make money withour waging a way :P

Just Me said...

Hmm if the dude was that gullible he probably deserved to get ripped off!!:)

Da Rodent said...

@kk: I swear man.. 'software engineer' is sure not the best paying job :-S

@sowmiya: It is bad that these guys get ripped off so bad. But well., for most of these guys its not 600 bucks., its just 12 dollars.. Welcome here :)

@rini: Join the revolution of 'women auto drivers' :P

@manasa: Actually., its not just the foriegners. I've got ripped off once because i did not know the place. I paid rs.60 for 2 km :-S

Da Rodent said...

@arvind: I swear., airport is hilarious. Bloody 300 bucks to get to cuttipara. Madness man. Haha., book?? your idea of ripping people off by teaching them how not to get ripped off?? :P

@parvathi: haha.. yeah., i guess two wrongs make it right :P

@just me: Yeah., i guess the guy was just too lame. The day before he paid 200 bucks for a call-taxi from mahabs to gemini. He should have thought about it.

susmita said...

these firangs are fools of the first order,, I came across one group of four firangs who hired an auto from spencers to K K nagar, drove it themselves, with the auto driver overlooking the fun, all at Rs. 200 per head!

Noorul Islam K M said...

I never knew that you are blogging here. Most of the time I need to talk to 4 - 5 autowalas to get a fair fare.

manasa said...

lol awechum

Da Rodent said...

@sush: aw.. 200 per head to drive an auto? man.. these guys are mad. For them it is 'exotic' i guess :P

@nikm: haha.. looks like you are experienced. Well., I blog here things which I canot put on my site. Anywayz., till my scripts and stuff are ready., my site is dead a bit :P

@manasa: yej.. yej.. :P

Arpita said...

But if our autodrivers are brave enuf to ask such an atrocious amt and these firangs can afford it wats the prob? As long as they dont expect it frm us too:)

manasa said...

hello mister update time or ill bring the auto driver back in action !

Da Rodent said...

Arpita: hehe.. yeah thats right. End of the day., as long as everybody is happy., its fine I guess.. :P

Da Rodent said...

@manasa: Ok lady., its done.. :)

farustar said...

hehhehe...it's not a nice thin to do...but auto guy was brilliant i say/....

farustar said...

@sushmita...hahahhahahahhahahahahahahahah...ROFL!