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City gives cabbies permission to charge vomit fees

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.

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Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, http://www.themercury.com