43,000 mile cab ride was ‘shortcut’ claims driver

Two passengers, taken on a 15 month 43,000-mile cab journey, have been confidently told by their driver Paul Archer that the ordeal was ‘the quickest way to get to Covent Garden.’

The trek, which started when the two friends hailed the taxi in Holborn last February, has cost the pair £258,642: 4,310,600% more than the initial quote of ‘about six quid.’

‘We had suspicions that something was awry about six months into the journey; our concerns about the tuk tuks and elephants were blamed on ‘temp’ry roadworks in Russell Square’ said Leigh Purnell, one of the exhausted passengers. ‘For a while, I was actually beginning to see his point about immigration. That was until my iPhone showed we were actually in Phnom Penh.’

Mr Archer remains adamant that the route he took was the shortest one for the time of day. ‘I could have taken them the ‘traditional route’, sure… if they had really wanted catch all the traffic that feeds up from the Strand after 4:30.’

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Posted: May 15th, 2012 by

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