Cabbies Ask for Vomit Penalty
Chicago drivers want messy drunks to pay $50
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:36 PM CDT
He may want to boot before he hops in a cab.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Chicago cab drivers want drunk passengers who vomit in their cars to pay a $50 fine. Drivers today asked the city for the penalty along with an overall rate increase of 22%. Chicago cabbies are among the lowest paid in the country, with wages averaging $4.38 an hour over their 13-hour shifts, the Tribune reports. And that’s assuming no one throws up in the back seat, said George Lutfallah, who represented the drivers before the council.

“If someone throws up in the back of a cab, it’s no laughing matter to the cab driver, who now has to take two hours to detail the cab,” he said.