City gives cabbies permission to charge vomit fees
Published on -9/19/2013, 11:11 AM
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Manhattan city commissioners have given cab drivers permission to charge a $75 fee to customers who vomit or otherwise soil their vehicles.
The city regulates taxi charges and a cleaning fee previously was not an approved charge. Local taxi service owner Richard Gibson says the new fee will cover cleaning and the amount of time a cab is out of service.
The Manhattan Mercury (http://bit.ly/1esbQLW ) reports Gibson brought the proposal to the city commission, which unanimously approved the fee Tuesday. He says customers throwing up are not a big problem most of the time, though it gets bigger on Fake Patty's Day and New Year's Eve.
Gibson says cab companies would be a little more understanding if most of the vomiting wasn't caused by overindulgence in alcohol.
Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, http://www.themercury.com