Category Archives: Limousine Services Tampa Bay

via Daily Prompt: Farce

FARCE….hmmmmm interesting…..

Car Service transportation providers whose #1 goal is to destroy other companies?  

Thats a Farce

Car Service transportation providers that use false apps to fool you and city officials?

Thats a Farce

Car Service transportation providers that trick & fool you by hyping the lowest price they have rather than comparing apples to apples?

Thats a Farce

Don’t be fooled by a Farce

When considering a car service transportation company…..compare prices in reality

Lobster to Lobster not shrimp to Lobster

 

 

 

 

Going to the Straz Center, Tampa FL?

Wizard Of OZ!

Coming July 12-17, 2016

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts

I can take you there in style!

Safe – Reliable – On Time

1-7 passengers = One Rate (See Rates Page)

Call me to Reserve your ride

Lance Greene TC#6 Mobile#: 727-288-1545

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Safe, Reliable Transportation To/From TPA

Hello!

Looking for Reliable, Safe, Licensed Ground Transportation to or from Tampa International Airport?  (@flytpa)

Are legitimate background checks important to you?

You have found us and we are very reasonably priced

Going the extra mile for you is my specialty

Call or text me 24/7:

727-288-1545

 

All our drivers have all had Level 2 backgrounds checked. 

Do you know what that means?

It means that the local authorities (Police) have physically seen us, finger printed each one of us and done a complete background check on us and each one of us has paid $100 for each background check

BOTH the Hillsborough County Sheriff and St. Petersburg Police Departments have completed these background checks on us and so they can be easily verified

Call or text me 24/7:

727-288-1545

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The Guy with the complimentary Snacks And Beverages!

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An Independent Professional Driver for BATS Taxi & Town Car Service

St. Pete Beach FL

www.batstaxi.com

Is it not fair to make a fair wage anymore?

I have to ask this question, seriously. No sarcasm. That’s difficult for me.

Is it not fair to make a wage? I mean more then a poverty level one that is?

As you know by now I am a Town Car Driver, a licensed Limousine Driver.

I do not make much, no wheres near what most even average people make. 

Middle Class? No wheres near Middle Class. No wheres near.

So, recently I had a regular client ask me for a ride to a particular location in Tampa from St. Petersburg. I informed the client it was an $85 ride. I had a feeling the client would not go for it.  This is a very fair fare in this market for our type of reserved service and many others are higher. We are properly licensed, insured and full level 2 backgrounds checked which include finger printing.

This $85 fare will take me approx 2-2.5 hours to complete and get back home. I get 50% of that fare plus tip and pay gasoline, tolls, credit card fees, car washes etc. The company I drive for maintains the car.  In this case I would then receive $42.50 half fare + 17.00 tip, if this customer was to tip their usual 20%.  So, $59.50 – $11.00 (gas) – .75 toll – 2.38 cc fees = $45.37 total. (not counting the complimentary snacks and beverages)

If that is the only order I received for the day, I would make $45.37 for the day.

It takes a minimum of 3 of those to barely pay my bills. Many days I do get 1 or 2.

So……this customer(who I have provided discounted service to for over one year) tells me they just cannot do the $85 fare as they must stick to a budget. This customer lives very well. Very well. (not knocking it, simply stating a fact)

I advise, I understand and ask if I can get them a taxi as it would be $10 cheaper.

They respond with no…..but thank you….will find a different alternative.

Their alternative is Uber. 

So I respond and say…… ohhhhh noooooo you are going to take Uber aren’t you?!!

The customer responds……”Sorry, it’s like $35, you left me no choice.”

Really??

So, I was offended and flabbergasted as I have cut this customer deals for a long time now and provided excellent service to them and their family.

$35.00?? Really??  So you are asking me to cut my wage more than half??? Seriously?

Don’t I deserve to make some sort of decent wage? I provide an excellent service and provide complimentary snacks and beverages and go out of my way to please my customers. I work hard. Real hard.

This client usually takes our services to the airport for $55 (our regular rate is $65)…..this day the client was going a further distance and wanted the rate to be near that $35.

I drive 45 minutes just to pick up the client. We do not sit around town like taxi’s or Uber etc. We are a reservation based luxury Town Car Service. We take really great care of our customers.

This client was asking me to now….drive 45 minutes to pick them up…..then drive another hour to their destination…..and then it is another 45 minutes back home.

So now…..the client was asking me to go from making $45.37….. to making 50% of $35…..in other words…. 17.50 + 7.00 tip – $11.00 (gas) – .75 toll – .63 cc fees for a total = $12.12 for 2.5 hours…..thats $4.84 per hour.

The Uber driver might make about $16.00 on that trip. Annnnnnd they have to maintain their car!  No one is making a wage at this point. No one. Not us, not the Uber driver…..No one.

And that is Cool?

Really?

Thank you for listening.

Lance Greene

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50th Anniversary Dinner

I recently had the privilege of providing transportation to Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, FL for a couple celebrating their 50th Anniversary
It was indeed a special night for them
Below is a picture of how I set up the car for them inside.
Special flowers they liked
A favorite treat
And an Adult Beverage or two
Went to three different merchants to obtain the items
I can do the same for YOU
Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Frida’s Cafe & Bakery, Largo FL
Bird’s of Paradise from The Flower Market Clearwater, FL
Fre Sparkling Wine & Martini & Rossi Asti from Total Wine & Spirits Clearwater, FL
All Complimentary
They had a really nice evening – So Will You :)

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727-288-1545

Lance Greene

Level 2 Background Checked and approved by Hillsborough County Sheriff and St. Petersburg Police Departments

The First Traffic Light….Kinda Cool

Kind of a cool article on the First Traffic Light

101 Years Old

The Article is taken from today’s Google Doodle and appears in the UK’s

The TeleGraph

Please click on The Telegraph for the article or read below

The Telegraph

When was the first traffic light installed? Traffic light’s 101st anniversary celebrated

Today’s Google doodle depicts the first electric traffic lights which were installed 101 years ago. Read our fun facts to find out where and by whom they were placed

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They are the bane of impatient motorists and are responsible for thousands of road rage incidents across the globe.

Now the humble traffic light has been honoured with a Google Doodle to celebrate its 101st Anniversary on Wednesday:


Google’s traffic light doodle

The first ever traffic lights were unveiled in London in the late 19th century, and placed outside the Houses of Parliament.

Non-electric and gas-operated, police officers had to work the lights by hand in a bid to control vehicles crossing on nearby Bridge Street, Great George Street and Parliament Street.

The project was short-lived after an explosion in 1869 when a leak in gas lines passing under the device exploded, and seriously injured the police officer operating the lights.

More than thirty years later an American enjoyed greater success with some electronic lights that focused on a similar – and now internationally recognisable – system of red and green lights.

Vienna replaced pedestrian traffic light figures with gay couples

Lester Wire, a former detective in Salt Lake City, came up with the revolutionary idea in 1912, and traffic lights began springing up across the United States shortly after.

He was not the only American to come up with the idea. Garrett Morgan, an inventor from Ohio, vowed to improve traffic safety after witnessing a serious accident on the roads.

He applied for a patent for a man-powered traffic control device using a crank in 1922, but his invention is said to have never reached the prototype stage.

The west German city of Dortmund introduced ‘green women’ pedestrian traffic lights in bid to redress sexism

It has been speculated that local authorites were relucant to invest in a man-powered set of traffic signals because it would require cities to hire someone to staff it all day – whereas the emergent electric lights seemed far cheaper in comparison.

The doodle depicts the world’s first electric traffic light to be installed and put into major use in Clevland, Ohio, on August 5 1914.

Time since the first traffic light was installed

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Placed on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street, it would have been a chaotic affair, with bicycles and cars as well as horses competing for domination of the road.

Doodle illustrator Nate Swinehart said that he did not include the yellow light outlining as they were not introduced until later to regulate the traffic more effectively.

In 1920 bells were added to traffic light systems to alert motorists when the lights were about to change – they were later replaced with the amber light now seen on all traffic light systems today.

VJ celebrations in Oxford Circus in London, 1945 (PA)

It wasn’t until 1990 that countdown timers were introduced, allowing pedestrians to judge whether there is enough time for them to cross the road before the lights turn red.

Perhaps the most impressive traffic light specimen ever to be unleashed on the world’s streets was the Traffic Light Tree, created by French sculptor Pierre Vivant in 1998.

The imposing eight-metre tall tree consists of 75 sets of lights and has become a favourite spot for tourists in London.

These days, traffic lights are highly sophisticated, incorporating special light symbols for bikes, trams and buses. Some also feature signals that are interruptible, giving priority to emergency vehicles via transmitters that send radio waves, infrared signals, or strobe light signals that are received by a sensor on or near the traffic lights.

While most countries have become dependent on traffic lights over the decades, some places are happy to do without them. In Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, a huge intersection runs smoothly without a single traffic light.

Traffic lights through the ages
1869, London
Manual traffic control device introduced. It is abandoned after the reported injury and possibly death of a policeman, who was injured in a gas explosion.
1920, Detroit
Three-coloured traffic signal built in the city of Detroit, among the first of its kind
1914, Ohio
First electric traffic light is installed on August 5
1952, New York City
First “Walk/Don’t Walk” traffic lights set up in New York City

Source – trainspotters.co.uk
London, 1998
Traffic light tree art project installed in the British capital

No Shows At Tampa Airport….Or Anywhere

Have you ever perhaps ordered a car service or taxi to pick you up at the airport or any location and then simply not show up without calling and cancelling your order?

We all understand, things happen

Maybe you miss your flight, or decided to ride with a friend

Or maybe even decided to take a different flight AND ride with a friend, or another service.

Simply put, maybe your plans simply changed.

That is OK.

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Here is what happens when you “No-Show” a driver

The driver most likely drove quite aways to pick you up, in many cases it could be over 20 miles, especially here in Pinellas County Florida when picking you up at the Tampa International Airport.

In addition, that driver may have waited at the airport for you for over an hour, way over an hour.

When you do not show up, without calling to cancel, that driver now has spent 30-40 minutes driving to pick you up, waited for you for at least one hour, possibly had to pay a minimum of $4.00 in parking, possibly paid tolls, and spent the gas to get there.

Now, he/she drives back to where they came from….in our case home or another part of the city from a previous order.  Either way it is a long way back and all we did was spend time and money.

Bottom Line?

Please Please Please…..

We all understand, things happen…..

Please be considerate and call and cancel if you do not need your driver to pick you up as planned. It will help us greatly and we will actually appreciate it!

IF you do not….quite honestly the only one you are hurting is the driver

ALL US DRIVERS THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Transportation to/from TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Are you traveling into or out of Tampa International Airport(TPA)?

Are you looking for Safe, Clean, Reliable Transportation?

We can & will take you anywhere in Florida

We have fair pricing with excellent value

My Price is $65.00  to/from Tampa Airport to anywhere in Pinellas or Tampa Proper…..with Complimentary Snacks, Beverages, Kleenex, Wet Wipes and more in my car specifically.

Call for specific pricing to other areas

Call Me to Reserve Your Transportation

***Please give 1-2 days lead time if possible, but we will take on demand calls also if available***

Professional Driver – Lance Greene TC#7

Mobile#: 727-288-1545

Backgrounds Performed by local Police Authorities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties

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Lance Greene – TC#7 – Mobile#: 727-288-1545

Professional Independent Driver/Chauffeur

Bay Area Town Car Service (BATS)

5201 Gulf Blvd

St. Pete Beach, FL. 33706

727-360-2820

Mise En Place Tampa and the 5 of us…….:)

One of my fellow drivers has a client that needed 5 towncars to take him and his employees to the Mise En Place restaurant in Tampa, FL for an awesome dinner.

We used 2 of our luxury Lincoln Towncars, 2 of our luxury Chevrolet Suburbans, and our 1 lonely Ford Flex Sedan (out of range of photos)

The photos are not that great I apologize, but the humidity was fogging up my camera lense and there wasn’t room for all 5 of us to line up.

We had fun, the clients enjoyed their dinner very much and the night ended great!

I over exposed this one on purpose….thought it looked kinda cool??? :)

We greatly appreciate this clients business! THANK YOU SIR!

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If you would like to book us for your next corporate dinner party or other event please call me, Lance Greene direct on my Cell#: 727-288-1545

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5201 Gulf Blvd St. Pete Beach, FL

24 hour Dispatch Line: 727-360-2820