The Vintage Airstream Club camped at the Wenatchee River County Park earlier this month. Thirty of the camp trailers, from as far back as the 1940s, provided the public an “open house” where folks were given the opportunity to tour these fantastic vehicles. Visitors were asked to make a donation, with proceeds going to one of our partners, the Wenatchee Valley Sports Foundation and their Kids Scholarship Fund. The money is set aside to help local needy kids afford participation in youth sports activities.
I just wanted to give a special thanks to the club, who by their willingness to display their Airstreams, raised several hundred dollars in donations. Also, kudos to park managers Mike and Marylee for running a first class operation and for their hospitality.
Pretty cool when an out-of-area group takes the time and effort to help kids they don’t even know!
Wenatchee Valley Sports Council
There is good news and bad news for America. The good news is Obamacare and the programs that Obama is promoting. This will add a new chapter to American history. The bad news is that it is Chapter 11!
At your service
As a cab driver in this valley for over seven years, I was deeply concerned as I read two articles in The Wenatchee World on Aug. 15. The first article on Page One (“Fare Enough”) shows to me the lack of customer service by some who are in this business of customer service.
Our policy is that if someone given service leaves of their own free will without payment, it is called theft of service and can be charged with said crime. But if we do not fulfill the obligation to get the customer where they asked, then we cannot require payment.
I have also dealt with intoxicated patrons nightly, even to the point of them passing out, but I will not toss them to the curb and demand payment.
I have used the callers who requested the cab for the address if possible, asked for assistance from local police to get address from their I.D.s, or woke them up to have them point the way. The time it takes to call and make a report of theft cost me and my company time and money in lost revenue from other customers waiting for our service.
This leads me to the second article. On the same day, the News of Record showed 21 DUI/DWI arrests. Our largest volume of calls is between midnight and 2 a.m. The number of calls I alone get for our company is around 20 per half hour, average. I’m not just the dispatch, but I am a driver and know how some get upset because they cannot get a taxi right away. There are normally up to five cabs running every weekend, unless one or two have to go out of the area. So we all are running as fast as possible to get everyone we can.
Of course we cannot get everyone right away. I go by first call, first serve, and everyone is put on a list who wants the service, but I know that the three companies that serve this valley, they are doing the best they can. It doesn’t help if we go to a location and the customer is already gone, either by driving or because they called another cab service and didn’t cancel the first one. This costs time, gas and customers.
So as a cab driver who cares very much to not only reduce the drunk driving in this valley but also make the street safer, I ask our barkeeps, security and patrons to have patience, consideration,and please don’t drink and drive.
W. C. McManus
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