London cabbie improvises with ‘hotel-for-one’

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, July 28, 2012 21:20 EDT
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With the London Olympics threatening to put a crimp on his business, one local cab driver improved his chances by converting his cab into a mini-motel, The Daily Mail reports.

“I’m offering the authentic London experience,” cabbie David Weekes said. “I know this city like the back of my hand so I can give you knowledge that you may not get from staying in a normal hotel room.”

The experience is certainly unique, albeit with a set of rules: for 50 pounds (about $75 dollars), you can stay in Weekes’ cab with a duvet, blanket, pillow and a reading light, but you can’t take her for a spin; the cab will stay in front of his east London home during your stay. But on the bright side, he’ll let you use his loo.

Weekes said business could be tricky otherwise this summer, since some newly installed Olympic-only lanes plus a major increase in visitors to the city – 500,000 tourists and 70,000 athletes and staff are expected to be in London this July and August – has already led to heavy traffic in parts of the city, which could scare tourists off of using cabs.

You can watch a CNN report on Weekes and “Relax-A-Cab,” posted July 27, below:

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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