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New York couple hail cab for 4,000 km ride April 15, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Odd World.

There is nothing odd about a couple hailing a taxi in New York, unless, of course, your destination is Arizona.

But retired couple Betty and Bob Matas did just that Tuesday, opting to take a yellow cab 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) to their new home, fearing their two cats would freeze to death in a cargo hold if they took a plane.

Cabbie Douglas Guldeniz agreed to turn off the meter and charge a flat rate of $3,000 plus expenses for the journey. If the Matases follow New York protocol on gratuities, Guldeniz could be in for a $450 to $600 tip.

Guldeniz seemed happy to pick up the Matases for what he said was probably one of the longest-ever cab rides. “I have good passengers, nice passengers,” he said. His previous longest fare was around 250 kilometers to Pennsylvania. “I am a little bit excited,” he added.

As for the two cats, they will be in separate carpet-lined cages fitted with litter boxes in the back of the taxi, said Bob, 72, adding that they would likely rip each other to shreds if they had to share a cage. “They hate each other,” he added.

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