A successful businessman flew to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. He lost
the shirt off his back, and had nothing left but a quarter and the second
half of his round-trip ticket -- If he could just get to the airport he
could get himself home. So he went out to the front of the casino where
there was a cab waiting. He got in and explained his situation to the cabby.
He promised to send the driver money from home, he offered him his credit
card numbers, his drivers license number, his address, etc. but to no avail.
The cabby said, "If you don't have fifteen dollars, get the hell out of my
cab!" So the businessman was forced to hitch-hike to the airport and was
barely in time to catch his flight.
One year later the businessman, having worked long and hard to regain his
financial success, returned to Vegas and this time he won big. Feeling
pretty good about himself, he went out to the front of the casino to get a
cab ride back to the airport. Well who should he see out there, at the end
of a long line of cabs, but his old buddy who had refused to give him a ride
when he was down on his luck. The businessman thought for a moment about how
he could make the guy pay for his lack of charity, and he hit on a plan.
The businessman got in the first cab in the line, "How much for a ride to
the airport," he asked? "Fifteen bucks," came the reply. "And how much for
you to make out with me on the way?" "What?! Get the hell out of my cab."
The businessman got into the back of each cab in the long line and asked the
same questions, with the same result. When he got to his old friend at the
back of the line, he got in and asked "How much for a ride to the airport?"
The cabby replied "fifteen bucks." The businessman said "ok" and off they
went. Then, as they drove slowly past the long line of cabs the businessman
gave a big smile and thumbs up sign to each driver.