Only in Wisconsin
Posted: April 17, 2015
I went with three others to last Saturday's Milwaukee Brewers' game. I purchased the tickets at a breast cancer benefit that was recently held in Osseo and knew that I was giving to a good cause - something that many of us in Wisconsin do on a regular basis. I also found out how unique the Badger state is when it comes to how others treat out-of-towners.
I called ahead a few days before we checked into our hotel on the west side of Milwaukee and inquired about the price for a taxi to an Irish pub that was not far from Miller Park. The motel night clerk assured me that it would not cost more than $20, which seemed reasonable to me. However, when the four of us called for a taxi and wanted to be dropped off near the ball park, the cab fare was $42. Ouch.
Once we ordered food from the Irish pub, we told our waitress about the outrageous cab fare from our hotel to her establishment. She asked if any of us had heard about Uber or Lyft. Although I had read about the cab-like businesses, I had never called for either service. Apparently, our waitress utilizes both services quite a bit and is able to save a lot of money on cab fare. Unfortunately, none of us had a credit card on us to reserve either service. Our waitress was nice enough to order the service on her credit card and we paid her accordingly in cash. How cool is that?
After the ball game, which was the first Brewers' win of the season, we tried to figure out a way we could avoid paying for another expensive taxi ride. We all hopped onto a free shuttle that was going to take us to a different Irish establishment and I guess we all thought we would try to figure out a way back to the motel later in the evening.
The driver of the shuttle van was named Buddha. He was rather stout and in his early 60s. After we explained to him about our expensive cab ride earlier in the day, he told us that he would provide us with transportation in his personal vehicle the rest of the night. Since none of us knew the downtown Milwaukee area very well, it was a much appreciated service.
Once again, only in Wisconsin.