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doing the opposite

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so yesterday i was doing my usual 3 hours from 4 to 7pm. took a request 8 min away for $12.86 that was going 5.8 miles. it was before 6 when i pulled up to the pax house. decent house probably well over a million in a mcmansion sort of way. any i get there and no one is outside. the timer starts and i can see him in the app in his house. at the 2 min interval im starting to think im going to cancel this right at 5 min and get my cancel fee. at the 3 min mark the pax pops his head out of the garage and said he is going to be 2 more minutes. i said well you have 3 min left on the timer. at 4:50 his wife comes out and gets in the car. i was about to say i cant wait any longer and please hop out but something made me stop. we chatted for like a minute and the male finally appears and hops in. he was very apologetic and said he will take care of me in the app. you know what that means.
anyway we get to the destination, it was his fathers house, and while going up the driveway he said oh crap i forgot to get the ice. i pull up and the wife gets out and i end the ride and see that he just tipped me 15 bucks in the app. he then says hey can you take me to the beer store so i can get the ice and i said yeah lets go. it was about 5 min away and he was in the store maybe 3 min if that. we bring the ice back and he slips me 25 bucks.
so on a ride i was about to cancel and collect the cancel fee, i didnt cancel and pulled in 55 bucks total for 25 mins and 16 miles of driving. sometimes doing the opposite pays off.
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On Friday morning at the peak of rush hour I accepted a Lyft ride to Midway airport (since it's near my house). Pax gets in and says he's in a major hurry catching his last minute flight. ETA at MDW is 9:20. His flight is at 9:45. I know a lot of drivers would think "not my problem" and just sit in traffic. Maybe some would even cancel. But I didn't, I executed some serious traffic maneuvers to shave minutes off the ETA. Went down a 1-way about 40 feet after a 360 degree cop check, drove through a parking lot, passed on the right many times, and at one point I flew down some alleys for a few blocks when traffic wasn't moving on the main road. ETA shot up to 9:25 at one point on the trip as traffic seemed to get worse. But I managed to get him there at 9:19. Around 10 am my tip comes in: $50. In 5 1/2 years of driving, it's the only tip I've ever received over $20. I'm thinking he must have just barely caught his flight and realized he had me to thank.
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