My Friend Trent’s Failed DC Car Service

My Friend Trent’s Failed DC Car Service

Running a quality DC car service takes professionalism, legal compliance, and style. Trent had none of those things. Here’s his story. Some time back (April), I had dinner in DC with my friend Trent. Trent’s a good guy but he’s got a few screws loose. We talked about our jobs. Well, I talked about driving for a DC car service. Trent didn’t have a job at the time. (Guess who paid for dinner?) Trent seemed jealous—not only that I was gainfully employed, but at the nature of my employment. I don’t blame him one bit. My job is fan-freaking-tastic. I should’ve paid closer attention to the nature of Trent’s interest in driving for a DC car service. If I had known what he was about to do, I could’ve saved him from the atrocious transportation sins he was about to inflict upon DC, but alas, they could not be prevented. After our dinner, Trent and I didn’t see each other for awhile. I was busy providing my superb driving skills to the elite of DC, while it seems Trent’s time was spent starting a less-than-stellar DC car service. Here is the email Trent sent me yesterday (and my reactions to said email). Hey Patrick, Long time no see, bud! I hope the good people of DC are treating you well. Since our last night out, a lot has been going on with me. Your job sounded so awesome, I figured I’d try it myself. But I’m a self-starter, you know? I just can’t work for the man. So I started my own DC car service! YOLO right?! At this point...
Licensed DC Car Services are Safer than Ride-Share Programs

Licensed DC Car Services are Safer than Ride-Share Programs

Your (licensed) DC car service cares (but not in a creepy way). I drive for a licensed DC car service. Do you know how many background checks and verification procedures I go through? I’m licensed for commercial driving, but there’s also an interview, criminal background check, drug tests, fingerprint checks, defensive driving courses, and even a sex trafficking awareness course. I keep waiting for the retinal scan to become mandatory. I do it all for you. Because I care. (But not in a creepy way.) I worry about people who get rides in DC from car services that aren’t licensed. You know—ride-share services that claim to connect you with other everyday people? You get a ride and they make a buck! What a friendly arrangement! Maybe your driver will be listening to your favorite Broadway soundtrack in the car! Maybe you’ll both sing along! Maybe you’ll become best friends! Trouble is, strangers often turn out to be . . . well, strange. If not downright dangerous. That’s why licensed DC car services have regulations that they and their drivers have to meet. I tried to tell my friend Jessica something like this. Oh, Jessica! (No, that is not her real name. Don’t ask; I won’t tell you.) Jessica was at a show at the Kennedy Center, and she called a DC ride-share company to get home (and no, I will not tell you their real name; I have class). At first, everything seemed fine. Her driver dropped her off, and asked her to leave him five-star review. He said he’d rate her high as a rider, too. Hot tip:...