Waiting For A Car Service
QUESTION 61: WAITING FOR A CAR SERVICE
I was at Pathmark and I called a car service to take me
home, and the service said it will send a car to Pathmark
within 10 minutes. After 8 minutes, someone offered me a
ride home. Do I have to call the car service to cancel the
ride? Do I owe the car service something anyway, since I
caused one of their cars to come pick me up? How about if
I've been waiting for their car for 20 minutes? Or 2
First of all, you should call the car service immediately,
as soon as you know you won't be using their car. The car
from the car service may come and wait for you for a half
an hour, and will be assuming that you will come out. And
in addition, you should send the car service a few dollars.
How much time do I have to wait before I can take another
ride without owing them anything?
The cut-off point, I think, is 15 minutes. After waiting
for 15 minutes, then if you get another ride, just can
call them and say, "I have another ride." Then you don't
have to pay them anything.
NEXT WEEK'S QUESTION 62: TYPING DAUGHTER'S REPORT
My daughter in 7th grade has a report to do for English.
The teacher said the students have to type it on the computer,
and that the parents shouldn't type it for them. I surmise
that the reason they want it typed on the computer is for
readability, and the reason they don't want the parents to
type it is so that the parents don't write the actual contents
of the report for the students. My daughter wrote the report
in long hand. She is an extremely slow typist, and it would
take her 5 hours to type it, which is time hard to find
considering how much other work she has. Can I type part of
all of it for her, and does she have to be totally honest
with her teacher about it if I do?
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