Care Cab Controversy Leaves Some Riders Upset

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, January 3, 2011

The Care Cab program offered free cab rides on New Year's Eve, but some Wichitans did not get the deal.

Brian Tiemeyer celebrated the New Year at a friend's home on the east side of town. He was ready to come back home and called for a Care Cab. After a 20 minute cab ride, he found himself with sticker shock when he was dropped off at his front door.

"I told him exactly what it said in the paper - that they were offering free rides from drinking establishments or parties to a residence. And I was at a New Year's party on the east side so I assumed that was under the guidelines of a free ride home," said Tiemeyer, who was left with a $41 fare.

The service was sponsored in part by AAA and Best Cabs of Wichita. A spokesman for AAA says posters were sent to 70 area bars. The posters stated callers had to request a free cab ride or Care Cab in order to get the ride at no charge. The information was left out of a media advisory sent to Wichita media outlets last week.

"From what I've heard, I'm not the only one that this has happened to so hopefully something can come of this. People can at least get a public apology," said Tiemeyer.

The manager at Best Cabs said that if there are individuals who feel wronged, they should contact the company.

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