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Friday, April 11, 2008

Honestly, this country...

A teenager was greeted by a display cabinet instead of a taxi because her 'Ali G-style' slang confused a series of phone operators. The girl hurriedly dialled directory inq­uiries to book a taxi from her home in London to Bristol airport, using the cockney rhyming slang Joe Baxi. But the operator told her they were unable to find anyone by that name. Seething, the youngster snapped back: "It ain't a person, it's a cab, innit."

The operator duly gave her what she asked for and put her through to the nearest supplier of cabinets, Displaysense.

"Look love, how hard is it?" she fumed. "All I want is your cheapest cab, innit. I need it for 10am. How much is it?"

The sales adviser told her £180. The tantrum-throwing teenager quickly left her address details before ringing off. The next morning, rather than being picked up by a cab, the young woman had the cabinet dropped off.

Marketing manager Steve Whittle said yesterday: "We thought it was a joke at first but the girl was absolutely livid. We have suggested that maybe she should speak a bit clearer on the phone."

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