Last night we had an old ex-Canberran friend who moved to Melbourne staying with us in Hackett. She had a business meeting in Barton at 9 am. After everything I read in the Canberra times and here, we figured we’d call a cab 8am, which would allow the cab 40 minutes to come and 20 minutes to get her there.
The cab did not come, of course. After 40 minutes we called and the operator waffled something about â€˜no cabs in the area, cluster of three jobsâ€™. After an hour (and my friend missing her meeting), we called again, only to be told â€˜we are working on itâ€™. We demanded to speak to a supervisor – who at 9:12 am finally managed to summon a cab out of thin air.
75 minutes (incl. supervisor intervention) for a Cab? So the lesson is: If you need to go somewhere at a certain time and you are from interstate: Walk or discover the bloody pluses of buses. They are slow, but they get you there. However, if you want to arrive ‘sometime within the next two hours or so’, Canberra Cabs is your friend!
Quoting our retiree Ted Quinlan: â€œCanberra has enormous potential, and the Business Excellence Awards are a perfect reinforcement of the notion that Canberra is a place where excellent business is done.” That is if you can actually get to your meeting…