Play It Forward

Posted on November 3, 2009 by

GOOD SAMARITANS: When was the last time you did something for someone without expecting anything in return? Friends of mine relayed this story about a Washington, D.C. operator who went above and beyond. Stories such as this one remind me that this is truly a great industry made up of nice people who work hard. . .
My friend Ellen Maziarz of Arrive in Style in Trenton, N.J. tells the story like this:
“We received a last minute bus job on a Friday to take a group of people to Washington overnight then bring them back. Most of the hotels in Washington typically do not have parking that can accommodate buses. I called around and found a hotel in Virginia that could accommodate the bus. When my chauffeur got there, all of the parking was taken. The hotel had the chauffeur park in the front where the taxis loaded. He was a little nervous about leaving the vehicle there but he did not have a choice as it was the only place he could park it. You see our bus was still pretty new and he knew how we take care of our vehicles.  It only had 25,000 miles on it. When he left the next day, he was encircled by taxis. He picked up the clients that afternoon to head home. He got outside of Washington when he discovered that the hose clam was missing on the antifreeze hose and that he no longer had any antifreeze. The bus would not run. He called back to our office and I immediately got on the phone. I called Carolyn Nelson at Bellaire Limousine who offered to go get our clients if we were stuck, but she was quite a ways from my bus. She gave me the names of three others who might be able to do something faster. Remember that this was late Sunday afternoon. I called Reggie Tymus of Capital City Limousine in Washington, D.C. Not only did he offer to send another bus, he personally went to the auto parts store and got parts and anti-freeze to get the bus up and running. He drove out and assisted our chauffeur with the repair and got us back on the road. 
Has anyone gotten up to bat for you recently? Kudos to Reggie for being that stand up guy and doing a favor for a stranger that he only knew through a voice on the phone. Let me know who else in this industry has played it forward for you.

— Linda M. Jagiela, LCT East Coast Editor

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More LCT Blog Blog Posts

July 18, 2017

Getting It Wrong On Uber’s Return To Austin

See Exhibit A on the misleading spin the limousine industry faces when exposing the unfairness of TNCs.

July 18, 2017

Comic Conventions Can Be A Geeky Goldmine

It’s time to tap into your inner nerd and expand past traditional tradeshow group transportation.

July 6, 2017

Welcoming All Back To The New LCT Blog

JIM LUFF: I'm not retired, tired, or tuned out. Just immersing in other areas of the industry.

March 8, 2017

Immigration Issues Can Hit Limo Operators

Illegal or not, immigrants in one California region spend hard-earned money on renting stretch limousines.

March 1, 2017

Did The Dent Fairy Come To Visit You?

Unlike the tooth fairy and baby teeth, the dent fairy never runs out of vehicles.

See More

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - July 2017 $12.95 COVER STORY: * Why These Titans Work So Hard to Give it Away * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close