So, what happens next?
I suppose we all remember our first times with anything. The first time for me, I was a chauffeur driving up a steep grade on a return stretch limo trip from a night out in Los Angeles. It was the dreaded two-hour drive home from the big city in the wee hours of the morning when my limo began to "hesitate.”
I couldn't figure out if the engine was misfiring or what was happening. It continued for quite a while as I began praying that I would at least make it to the top of the hill and coast down. I also would be in two-way radio range to call for help as cell service in 1990 was very spotty over the infamous freeway Grapevine connecting Southern California from the Central Valley.
As I reached the top of the hill and began my descent into the valley, the car suddenly began surging forward. There was nothing I could do to stop it. I reached for the microphone to call our dispatcher and get another limo coming to rescue me. Seconds before depressing the microphone button, the female passenger in the back let out a squeal of delight. At that moment, it dawned on me that nothing was wrong with the car.
There is something wrong with the couple that decided to engage in activities that are usually reserved for the bedroom. It was the limo equivalent of the “mile-high club” on airliners.
I have never figured out what possesses seemingly normal adults to engage in lovemaking in the back of a limo with a third party present. Do they really think we don't notice the car hopping all over the place? Since then, I have had many clients do it in the back of a limo.
I was reminded when one of my chauffeurs experienced it for the first time last weekend and thought sharing the story with me was going to knock me out of my seat. After almost 25 years, I have seen it all. That’s just the nature of the business, so you just keep quiet and keep driving. And what "delicate" situations have you handled?
I've learned that good will with law enforcement goes a very long way.
It's not only the most wonderful time of the year, but also one of the most dangerous.
Series: How to handle difficult run-ins with law enforcement over a limousine.
Driving Gem: Plenty of things unrelated to phones can result in accidents.
Driving Gem: Lifting and handling luggage is never good for the back.