I had to work late this evening and the company has a policy of paying for the taxi ride home if you need to stay after hours. So I got my travel voucher and flagged down a cab on the road outside our offices. I got in and said “Flemington please.” To which the driver replied, “Can you tell me how to get there?”
As the picture shows, I wasn’t asking him for a ride to Tranquillity Base. This was a 30-minute drive across the city centre. Flemington is where they have the Melbourne Cup every year so at the very least it would have made financial sense for the cabbie to have known how to get there. And this isn’t an isolated incident. Not long after I arrived in Melbourne I had to find where we were going on a map and direct the taxi from the passenger seat. It was as if I was paying for the privilege of being the navigator for a really crap rally driver.
One thing is for sure, the taxi drivers in Melbourne would definitely benefit from a little bit of The Knowledge.