Letter: This Coquitlam couple can't wait for ride-hailing

The Editor,

New Year's Eve marked the 30th wedding anniversary for myself and my 73-year-old husband. We celebrated with dinner and dancing with friends at the Royal Canadian Legion in Port Moody. Minutes after the midnight celebrations concluded, I proceeded to order a taxi to take us home and was told the wait was already at least 90 minutes.

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Really?

We definitely did not want to revel any longer, nor wait outside until almost 2 a.m. for the taxi. So the two of us — all dressed up and me in heels — were faced with no other choice but to walk home. The 3-km trek to our home in Coquitlam, mostly uphill, took us just about an hour.

Then, at 1:43 a.m., 90 minutes after placing the cab request and after we were already home and in bed, we received a call from the cab company to see if we still needed to be picked up. The cab wasn't there yet, they were just double checking to see if we still required a ride.

Absolutely ridiculous! It's no wonder people drink and drive.

ICBC, the taxi industry and our provincial government should take full responsibility for every death and injury incurred from drinking and driving incidents as they leave us with no viable alternatives.

As for the two of us, from now on, we will take our undervalued Canadian dollars and celebrate in Seattle, where they know how to do it up right and we can take a safe, inexpensive Uber ride back to our hotel.

Jacquie and Robert Garrison, Coquitlam

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