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(National Post)   Woman wants cab driver fired after he left her son on a rural road in -37 C weather, which is the temperature at which most Canadians will start to consider putting on a hat   ( nationalpost.com) divider line
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2018-01-03 12:00:52 PM  
Jesus Christ, positive 37 degrees would make me try to find a Tauntaun to crawl into.
 
2018-01-03 12:01:22 PM  
I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...
 
2018-01-03 12:16:17 PM  
It's possible the cabbie is telling the truth, but the optics on this are not good given local history.
 
2018-01-03 12:25:25 PM  

Mugato: Jesus Christ, positive 37 degrees would make me try to find a Tauntaun to crawl into.


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2018-01-03 12:26:37 PM  

Once Terpsma got him home, she cuddled with him to get his body temperature up, she said.



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2018-01-03 12:27:38 PM  
Yeah, at the VERY least, the cab driver lets the guy out and IMMEDIATELY radios dispatch to tell them what's up. It gives him some kind of credibility, especially as it would show that he was concerned with the weather. Instead, just dumping him out and driving off doesn't make him look at all worried about the kid's chances of surviving.

Personally, I think the driver is full of shiat. Why would anyone insist on just getting out of the cab in the middle of nowhere?
 
2018-01-03 12:28:13 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Once Terpsma got him home, she cuddled with him to get his body temperature up, she said.

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Derp's ma cuddled with him.
 
2018-01-03 12:29:11 PM  
Our resident Canadian here at work (alright, actually from Milwaukee, but sounds Canadian and is close enough anyway) wore a coat to work today. That should be cause for closing our place of business due to weather.
 
2018-01-03 12:29:37 PM  
FTFA: More than anything, she said, her son is shy of the media attention he's getting and embarrassed that he got out of the cab in the first place.

Thanks Mom!
 
2018-01-03 12:30:50 PM  
Woman wants cab driver fired after he left her son on a rural road in -37 C weather

Iced is the word you are looking for. She wants the cab driver iced.
 
2018-01-03 12:32:20 PM  
*sigh*
*Puts on old man beard*

Back in my day, they'd only close down the schools for -50F and below, and yes, I'd walk a mile in the snow to and from the buss stop every day.

/Uphill, both ways.
//Dry cold is manageable with proper cloths. Just don't stop moving.
///Cabbie is still an idiot.
 
2018-01-03 12:33:12 PM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, at the VERY least, the cab driver lets the guy out and IMMEDIATELY radios dispatch to tell them what's up. It gives him some kind of credibility, especially as it would show that he was concerned with the weather. Instead, just dumping him out and driving off doesn't make him look at all worried about the kid's chances of surviving.

Personally, I think the driver is full of shiat. Why would anyone insist on just getting out of the cab in the middle of nowhere?


Well, that time was 100% the shrooms for me, but I was fine because the Walrus directed me to the nearest offramp, leading me directly to the next roflcopter home.

At least I HOPE that was a taxi.
 
2018-01-03 12:33:19 PM  
I travelled to Winnipeg in February a few years ago. It was there that I learned the -40 is where the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales meet.

I could have gone a lifetime not knowing that.
 
2018-01-03 12:33:22 PM  

bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...


What doesn't make sense to me is why he still had the meter running. If you hop into a cab, tell the driver how much you have, he says that it's enough to get you home then you've agreed on a $40 flat rate. He should turn off the meter and drive you to your intended destination.

Unless the kid saw the meter running and it hit $40 so he decided on his own to get out because he thought he might be causing trouble and he'd walk the rest home. Apparently he said, "mom I don't want to bug you" when he eventually called her for a ride, so that might just be how he is.
 
2018-01-03 12:34:36 PM  
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/srsly, -37C?  you live somewhere like that, you takes your chances
 
2018-01-03 12:34:50 PM  
I believe it's called a toque.

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2018-01-03 12:34:57 PM  

dustygrimp: I travelled to Winnipeg in February a few years ago. It was there that I learned the -40 is where the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales meet.

I could have gone a lifetime not knowing that.


Just be glad you didn't live where the Rankine and Kelvin scales meet.
 
2018-01-03 12:36:52 PM  
Giving the driver more money upon arrival was not an option?
 
2018-01-03 12:36:56 PM  

Toxophil: //Dry cold is manageable with proper cloths. Just don't stop moving.


Oh, I've had far worse days in +4C here in Malmö at 85% humidity and blowing, than I had in Norrland with -19C and dryasabone. Same clothes, too.
 
2018-01-03 12:38:29 PM  

Mikey1969: Why would anyone insist on just getting out of the cab in the middle of nowhere?

Terpsma said her son had been drinking that night but was not drunk or belligerent.


Kids who drink don't make the best decisions. I'm not sure mom is getting the whole truth.
 
2018-01-03 12:38:50 PM  
Two stories, one from the cabbie and one from someone who had been drinking.  Meh, flip a coin.
 
2018-01-03 12:39:57 PM  

Toxophil: *sigh*
*Puts on old man beard*

Back in my day, they'd only close down the schools for -50F and below, and yes, I'd walk a mile in the snow to and from the buss stop every day.

/Uphill, both ways.
//Dry cold is manageable with proper cloths. Just don't stop moving.
///Cabbie is still an idiot.


Yeah, layers are the key. You still don't kick someone out of a cab in the middle of the night when it's that cold, especially if they're just in a hoodie and a hat.

I don't wear much here in Salt Lake(Doesn't get to be -37 very often), even when the temp is down around 0, because you're only cold from the door to the car and vice-versa, so I wouldn't be bundled up, either. I'd have something more substantial than a hoodie, but I wouldn't be dressed like I was going to hang out in Antarctica or anything.
 
2018-01-03 12:41:04 PM  

Mugato: Jesus Christ, positive 37 degrees would make me try to find a Tauntaun to crawl into.


Yeah but the smell.  You think they smell bad on the outside?
 
2018-01-03 12:43:15 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...

What doesn't make sense to me is why he still had the meter running. If you hop into a cab, tell the driver how much you have, he says that it's enough to get you home then you've agreed on a $40 flat rate. He should turn off the meter and drive you to your intended destination.

Unless the kid saw the meter running and it hit $40 so he decided on his own to get out because he thought he might be causing trouble and he'd walk the rest home. Apparently he said, "mom I don't want to bug you" when he eventually called her for a ride, so that might just be how he is.


[rereads post]  Actually, that makes sense...
 
2018-01-03 12:43:52 PM  
Wearing just a hat and a hoodie, pants and dress shoes

Although I side with the kid, if this is the way he dressed in that weather, Darwin will eventually claim him.
 
2018-01-03 12:44:49 PM  
Sounds like cab driver saw an easy way to make a few bucks, never thought he would get caught.  Probably figured he was dealing with a drunk frat bro.  Cab company better do something, just to save face, unless they've got a recording of the kid demanding to be let out of the cab.
 
2018-01-03 12:45:31 PM  
A few years back now, I called myself a cab to get home from a drunken escapade. When it arrived, and the driver and I were discussing the fare, I realized I had spent my last $20 and had no cash on me. I apologized, and got out. The cabbie advised that he was calling the police because I was trying to skip the fare. We hadn't even driven away. So just before he took off, I stuck my foot in front of his tire, and when he ran it over I screamed like a banshee and told him I was going to sue him and his cab company for every penny they had. He did not call the police.
 
2018-01-03 12:46:09 PM  
walk and THEN call ???
i would have called the second i got out.
yep, something is weird here...
 
2018-01-03 12:48:42 PM  
Her 19 year old son.
 
2018-01-03 12:49:37 PM  

henryhill: Giving the driver more money upon arrival was not an option?


FTFA:

He knows now that he could have told the cabbie that he had a bank card he could use, or that his mother could pay him the rest of the fare at home.

"It never even crossed his mind."
 
2018-01-03 12:53:49 PM  
No lie, local school district in WNY has already cancelled classed for FRIDAY in anticipation of cold temps.
 
2018-01-03 12:54:09 PM  
Once you start searching for "Mom cuddle warm up" on GIS or Pornhub you have reached the end of internet porn.
 
2018-01-03 12:54:35 PM  
You don't leave someone outside in that weather in that condition. Period. Unless the kid was punching the cabbie you can't excuse it.
 
2018-01-03 12:54:38 PM  

bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...


This. He'd have likely stayed with his friends or found other transportation otherwise.
 
2018-01-03 12:55:09 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: Wearing just a hat and a hoodie, pants and dress shoes

Although I side with the kid, if this is the way he dressed in that weather, Darwin will eventually claim him.


Article says he gave his jacket to his girlfriend before getting in the cab.
 
2018-01-03 12:55:48 PM  

Snarfangel: Woman wants cab driver fired after he left her son on a rural road in -37 C weather

Iced is the word you are looking for. She wants the cab driver iced.


Dont bring me into this.

Maybe the son is just dumb. I knew a girl that once she realized she had left her pass at home wanted to leave the train in the middle of nowhere and just remain there, late at night just so she wouldnt have to talk to the ticket audit guy and explain the situation or ask one of the persons with her to pay for her ticket. Some people push shyness into dumb situations.
 
2018-01-03 12:56:49 PM  

stuhayes2010: Her 19 year old son.


Yeah, bud must be feeling pretty awesome about his mom reporting this to all the news agencies, she probably breast fed him on the way home too.
 
2018-01-03 12:57:00 PM  

darth_badger: Once you start searching for "Mom cuddle warm up" on GIS or Pornhub you have reached the end of internet porn.


Only if ponies are involved.
 
2018-01-03 12:57:25 PM  

bigfatbuddhist: Bedstead Polisher: bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...

What doesn't make sense to me is why he still had the meter running. If you hop into a cab, tell the driver how much you have, he says that it's enough to get you home then you've agreed on a $40 flat rate. He should turn off the meter and drive you to your intended destination.

Unless the kid saw the meter running and it hit $40 so he decided on his own to get out because he thought he might be causing trouble and he'd walk the rest home. Apparently he said, "mom I don't want to bug you" when he eventually called her for a ride, so that might just be how he is.

[rereads post]  Actually, that makes sense...


At which point the cabbie should have said, "Fark you kid, someone at your house can pay me or I'll eat the loss before I read about your frozen corpse being found in a snowbank in the spring."

If the kid insists on getting out and walking in that weather you radio in to have them send the cops or you call the cops yourself and let them handle the idiot.  You don't leave someone dressed that way in that weather to, quite likely, expire.
 
2018-01-03 12:57:31 PM  

bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...


I'd like to see the follow-up to this one, because that kid's story sounds like unmitigated bullshiat to me.
 
2018-01-03 12:57:39 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...

What doesn't make sense to me is why he still had the meter running. If you hop into a cab, tell the driver how much you have, he says that it's enough to get you home then you've agreed on a $40 flat rate. He should turn off the meter and drive you to your intended destination.

Unless the kid saw the meter running and it hit $40 so he decided on his own to get out because he thought he might be causing trouble and he'd walk the rest home. Apparently he said, "mom I don't want to bug you" when he eventually called her for a ride, so that might just be how he is.


That kind of sounds like something I'd have done at 19. Very polite, unassertive, and the decision making skills of a 19 year old.
 
2018-01-03 12:59:19 PM  

Bawdy George: bigfatbuddhist: I gotta go with the son on this one.  He told the driver how much he had and the driver agreed to drive him...

I'd like to see the follow-up to this one, because that kid's story sounds like unmitigated bullshiat to me.


He's Canadian.  They aren't like us...
 
2018-01-03 01:01:49 PM  

henryhill


Giving the driver more money upon arrival was not an option?


"We can give you two now, and another fifteen when we reach Alderaan."

We all know how well that worked out.
 
2018-01-03 01:04:00 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: Wearing just a hat and a hoodie, pants and dress shoes

Although I side with the kid, if this is the way he dressed in that weather, Darwin will eventually claim him.


FTFA: "He was ringing in the new year with friends before they took a limo to The Ranch bar in south Edmonton, but they had to wait in line outside and he decided he'd rather go home.

Terpsma said her son gave his coat to his girlfriend so she could have another layer against the cold"

Nice kid who left his coat with his girlfriend because she was going to be waiting outside and he was taking a cab. Sounds like he was dressed appropriately when you do not expect to be outside long.
 
2018-01-03 01:04:46 PM  
I can see her POV.

However, her son looks like Eric Trump.

I feel I have to point that out in defence of the bus driver.
 
2018-01-03 01:05:25 PM  

WTP 2: walk and THEN call ???
i would have called the second i got out.
yep, something is weird here...


Don't leave his friends and coat behind.  Call his mom instead of the cab.  Call his mom while in the cab watching the fare approach 40 bucks.  Tell the cab driver he has a debit card.  Tell the cab driver his mom would come outside to pay.   Call his mom as soon as he exited the cab.
 
2018-01-03 01:05:55 PM  

Nick Nostril: Our resident Canadian here at work (alright, actually from Milwaukee, but sounds Canadian and is close enough anyway) wore a coat to work today. That should be cause for closing our place of business due to weather.


Got a call today that my youngest son went to school without a coat... it's 5 degrees (F) out.  Granted we live half a mile from school but I was like WTF.  He said he couldn't find it so he went to school like that.  Freaking kids now I'm sure the school is like wth is wrong with that family.
 
2018-01-03 01:07:26 PM  

ReverendLoki: henryhill: Giving the driver more money upon arrival was not an option?

FTFA:

He knows now that he could have told the cabbie that he had a bank card he could use, or that his mother could pay him the rest of the fare at home.

"It never even crossed his mind."


Yup. This is where the underdeveloped kid brain took over. A true "duh!" moment.
 
2018-01-03 01:07:35 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: "We can give you two now, and another fifteen when we reach Alderaan."

We all know how well that worked out.


To be fair, they never did reach Alderaan.
 
2018-01-03 01:08:12 PM  

brantgoose: I can see her POV.


xhamster link, or GTFO.
 
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