Just a quickie.
I was waiting on Manuka rank on a slow evening, logged into the Manuka zone, and I got a radio booking. Collect a passenger at 2030 and take them to the airport for a late flight. Nice job, and I'd likely get a fare from the airport.
Pickup address is only a couple of minutes away, and I arrive early, waiting in the driveway when a young lady comes out. No luggage. She's not even dressed for the cold outside. Ok, I think, she's going to tell me the passenger(s) are on their way.
But she bends down, leans in the window and tells me the job's cancelled and is there any call-out fee to pay?
"No, of course not, that's fine!"
But she insists and gives me a five dollar note.
Thanks, good night, I say, and no-job the booking on the computer as I back out heading back for the tail end of Manuka rank.
Base calls me up, "Hey what's going on? That's a timed booking for 2030 there."
"She came out, leaned in the window, cancelled the booking and gave me five bucks," I reply.
"Oh, okay. Easiest five dollars you ever made, hey?"
"No, but certainly the most pleasant!"
5 days ago