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Monday, June 2, 2008

Rules are made to be broken...

One of those great points about the cab service at office (touch wood!!) is the security measures they take... But drivers are quite adept when it comes to breaking rules... Moreover some rules ARE easy to break...

Here's one... Drivers and the front seat passengers are supposed to wear seat belts... and they indeed wear seat belts... for the 45 seconds that it takes to get to the gate... announce who is getting down last... and drive out of the gate... snap comes the belt out of the holder and back to its original position... the employee sitting at the passenger seat pointed this out to the driver today... Its ok for you said the driver... we can't drive with the seat belt... and there ends the argument...

Another says that the drivers have to go for a breath analyzer test before leaving the building... funny thing is, one of my colleagues smelt alcohol in the car one day and it turned out to be an employee... and there was the one time when they found a bottle of alcohol below the driver's seat... the driver was immediately terminated... Nowadays to save on time they do the breath analyser test before employees are seated... how that assures that they won't drink before leaving is quite beyond me...

Another rule is in between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or so, a female employee can ask for an escort or rather, she HAS to take an escort... Earlier, the drivers used to ask particular guards to sit in the car... now that means that they are friends... so how would the female employee feel safe? We raised this point and the management immediately took measures to overcome this...

Going back to the seat belts, a funny incident took place a few months ago... Two of my colleagues were in the same cab... it was just the two of them in the cab... a guy and a girl... the guiy was to take the last drop... they were both seated on the back seats... a security guy asked the guy to sit in the passenger's seat... After some argument he agreed to sit in the front seat... If you are wondering why he had argued, it was because of the seat belt... He has severe neck aches and can't wear a seat belt... No you have to wear the seat belt said the guards... First they make you take the passenger seat against your will and then make you wear the seat belt... is it strange or what?

A rule says, girls aren't allowed to sit in the passenger seat... My pregnant friend had to tell atleast 3 guards the reason why she couldn't sit in the back seat before we left the office everyday... she finally lost her temper one day when the guard said... Madam, please be seated in the back... NO... she said... who could blame her? Maybe, we decided, to add to the DOs and DON'Ts list, a pregnant lady should have a sign stuck to her forehead declaring as such so that no one pesters her...

When we spoke to the management about some of these problems, some of them said... Wow... we never knew... We come by car... Well, thats easy for them to say... not everyone owns a car and bike accidents on the highway are a whole different story...

Anyway, let me wind up... how do you decide when a rule is helpful and when does it cross the border of sanity?

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 11:01 PM

5 Comments:

Don't start me on cab drivers. I could go on and on and on...
Usually these companies hire travel agencies for the rides. So, lets say a cab driver gets kicked out..He would be still be with the agency and he would be surely getting another company..So, they have loads and loads of attitude..

One of my friends works in a call center and he gets around 15K..same salary as that of a cab driver..So, taking this in their head they talk with him and his colleagues in an improper way..

Another time I had to hit the driver's head and tell him to take off his ear phones(he was listening to loud music while driving & a guy in the bac was shouting at him to stop the vehicle since his stop has come) and me and my friend(a body builder) threatened that we would cancel his license if he tries to act snotty...

maaan!! a big list.. They are not ready to break the rules of the company, but as for the traffic rules..they don't even care...

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June 11, 2008 at 6:15 PM  

You're talking about cabbies... Arrey.. I dont even have to go so far. When I went to get my 2 wheeler license, I had to take a "test". For this test, I was supposed to drive according to the "RULES" (note the quotes)

One particular rule was pretty hilarious. If a guy is riding a bike and he wants to take a LEFT turn, he is supposed to stick his RIGHT hand out as he is riding, point it towards the earth, and move it around in circles(parallel to the surface)............... So I asked him very innocently what the "INDICATOR" was for and he was clueless..................

AAAAARGH

June 12, 2008 at 1:12 PM  

I want to ask one think to this guy jayded.........from where will u see the indicators if u riding just beside that 4 wheeler ?

Also FYI.....its not that pointing ur hand towards earth and rotating in parallel circles its like "if u do it anticlockwise it means turning left and clockwise means turning right"

July 21, 2008 at 12:54 AM  

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