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    Dave,
    You would be a great asset to any company. With your knowledge, you would be able to keep many problems at bay. I would hope that you would work with the company and help them to resolve those items that they are doing wrong before turning them in. I believe that you are very much like myself. A person with great knowledge becomes a pain in the rear. At the same time, we are the people that truely make those companies money. Unfortunately, the employer does not want to listen to us or is full of excuses as they have their own agenda.
    As I said recently to my employer, "Actions taken against an employee will not make the problems go away. It will only keep the problems from surfacing. Keeping the problems from surfacing is not a sign of good management.Good management works with employees and does not add to the already long list of problems and complaints in this company."
    My psycologist says that I am an overactive achiever. I am over qualified to work for others and because I can not achieve everything I want in my own business, I am somewhat over qualified to work for myself. A silent partner sugar daddy/momma is what I need and I would probably not be happy with that arrangement.
    $30/hr. is reasonable for a large company. They will have trouble controlling you so you must resolve yourself to
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    Ssorry David, I would not pay anyone $30. an hour to drive, not even myself.

    The first thing I would do if someone with such a resume' approached me for a job would be to give a road teat with me in the rear. If I didn't enjoy the ride given I would not even consider the person for hiring. Bus & Taxi Drivers are not Chauffeurs.
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    Neither would I pay some one $30.00 an hour to "drive" anything. As I have been trying to point out, base pay is for driving, tips are for Chauffeuring. When I Chauffeur for any Client, I always do better than 20% tip even on high dollar coach runs. The only time I may do less is on folks who just do not know how to tip or have not been informed by the office that a 20% Chauffuers gratuity is customary. When this happens, I use the old "was there a problem with the service" line. This usually works unless they just blew all of their money in the adult entertainment center. Many of thoes have come into the office the next day or so and left me a tip. Most of the time I got it but occasionally office personelle just "forgot" to give it to me.

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    I have given and will give lavish gratuities when I travel if I get a Chauffeur. I pay for exceptional service. What is your definition of a Chauffeur David ?
    Originally posted by David Merrill:
    Neither would I pay some one $30.00 an hour to "drive" anything. As I have been trying to point out, base pay is for driving, tips are for Chauffeuring. When I Chauffeur for any Client, I always do better than 20% tip even on high dollar coach runs. The only time I may do less is on folks who just do not know how to tip or have not been informed by the office that a 20% Chauffuers gratuity is customary. When this happens, I use the old "was there a problem with the service" line. This usually works unless they just blew all of their money in the adult entertainment center. Many of thoes have come into the office the next day or so and left me a tip. Most of the time I got it but occasionally office personelle just "forgot" to give it to me.

    Gunny: I would invite you to sit in the back and sip Champagne from you favorite Chystal glass. I will garentee you will not spill a drop.
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    To me a Chauffeur is a person who makes the ride an enjoyable experiance and not just a ride. A Chauffeur will anticipate your every need. He knows where to stop the car, where to let you out, opens the door for you and assist you out and in. Has the umbrella ready when it rains. he has the cold beverige on the hot days. He has the car warm on cool days and cool on warm days. He has the bottle opener when you need it. He talks to you when you want to talk and most importantly knows when to shut up when you don't. He knows that what happens in the Car stays in the car. During his down time he attends to the car, tidying up the back and hopefully getting the Bugs off the grill and the windshild. I can go on and on about what a Chauffeur is but to me it just comes naturally and I just do it.
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    And the vehicle is stocked upon and beyond with the finest amenties ?
    Originally posted by David Merrill:
    To me a Chauffeur is a person who makes the ride an enjoyable experiance and not just a ride. A Chauffeur will anticipate your every need. He knows where to stop the car, where to let you out, opens the door for you and assist you out and in. Has the umbrella ready when it rains. he has the cold beverige on the hot days. He has the car warm on cool days and cool on warm days. He has the bottle opener when you need it. He talks to you when you want to talk and most importantly knows when to shut up when you don't. He knows that what happens in the Car stays in the car. During his down time he attends to the car, tidying up the back and hopefully getting the Bugs off the grill and the windshild. I can go on and on about what a Chauffeur is but to me it just comes naturally and I just do it.
    Dean Schuler

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    Walter,
    Why are taxi and bus drivers not chauffeurs ? Just curious about that, i have a taxi driver that has become one of my best chauffeurs. He is often requested and takes pride in taking care of the clients and it shows. He also will do the late nights out, which my older drivers do not prefer to do.
    Just because a hired driver is a chauffeur, does that make him better than any other hired driver? there are good and bad chauffeurs out there too. I think that taxi and bus drivers deserve credit because they are hard working people that are looked down upon because of what they do, is that really fair?

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    Originally posted by Adventure Limousine:
    Walter,
    Why are taxi and bus drivers not chauffeurs ? Just curious about that, i have a taxi driver that has become one of my best chauffeurs. He is often requested and takes pride in taking care of the clients and it shows. He also will do the late nights out, which my older drivers do not prefer to do.
    Just because a hired driver is a chauffeur, does that make him better than any other hired driver? there are good and bad chauffeurs out there too. I think that taxi and bus drivers deserve credit because they are hard working people that are looked down upon because of what they do, is that really fair?
    Fair question that I will keep brief.
    Chauffeuring is an art & the driving portion requires a retraining of driving habits hence what is known as the "slide & glide" techniques. Drivers from other professions (taxi, bus, truckers etc.) have already developed their driving habits which are very hard to break or re-train mostly due to arrogance, "I drive 18 wheelers, don't tell me how to drive" type attitudes. When reading articles on recruiting chauffeurs, taxi, bus & truckers are not even in the equation and the emphasis is placed on those with experience in the service industry not the driving industry. That you have found a taxi driver who has retrained himself to be a chauffeur is great & I guess he is no longer considered to be a taxi driver. Question in return would be, would you allow a cabbie to operate your limos in a cabbie fashion?

    I'll finish with,"there are no bad chauffeurs but there are plenty of drivers pretending to be chauffeurs".
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    Originally posted by Dean Schuler:
    And the vehicle is stocked above and beyond with the finest amenties ? The daily papers are current ?<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by David Merrill:
    To me a Chauffeur is a person who makes the ride an enjoyable experiance and not just a ride. A Chauffeur will anticipate your every need. He knows where to stop the car, where to let you out, opens the door for you and assist you out and in. Has the umbrella ready when it rains. he has the cold beverige on the hot days. He has the car warm on cool days and cool on warm days. He has the bottle opener when you need it. He talks to you when you want to talk and most importantly knows when to shut up when you don't. He knows that what happens in the Car stays in the car. During his down time he attends to the car, tidying up the back and hopefully getting the Bugs off the grill and the windshild. I can go on and on about what a Chauffeur is but to me it just comes naturally and I just do it.
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    Dean Schuler

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    The WSJ and USA Today just to name a couple.
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    Originally posted by Dean Schuler:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Dean Schuler:
    And the vehicle is stocked above and beyond with the finest amenties ? The daily papers are current ? In the sedan,it must be an L series 2005 or 2006 , all other vehicles the newest possible.<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by David Merrill:
    To me a Chauffeur is a person who makes the ride an enjoyable experiance and not just a ride. A Chauffeur will anticipate your every need. He knows where to stop the car, where to let you out, opens the door for you and assist you out and in. Has the umbrella ready when it rains. he has the cold beverige on the hot days. He has the car warm on cool days and cool on warm days. He has the bottle opener when you need it. He talks to you when you want to talk and most importantly knows when to shut up when you don't. He knows that what happens in the Car stays in the car. During his down time he attends to the car, tidying up the back and hopefully getting the Bugs off the grill and the windshild. I can go on and on about what a Chauffeur is but to me it just comes naturally and I just do it.
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    Dean: The Chauffeur has no control over what a cheap operator gives him to drive. (other than change Employers) A good Chauffeur can make a ride in a 91 Chevrolet Caprice Ex police car a great ride. Good Chauffeurs are asked every day to make the ride in some of the trucks on the road today called Limousines a pleasant experiance dispite the actual ride of the vehicle. (but that is a whole other topic)

    I am just trying to point out that with a few exceptions, (yourself, Mr. Luff and a few others) most Limo Operators do not want to hire "Chauffeurs." First they do not want to pay the money and next they do not want someone on the payroll who may know a little more than they do. (makes them look bad) All they really want is a "Driver" who they can yell at and belittle when something goes wrong.

    I know this poll is no way scientific but it does show that what I am saying has some validity.
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    That's why they leave sharecropper companies and go to good firms. Great Chauffeurs can't stand service deficit specialists...Are you car and driver or Limousine & Chauffeur ? If your service has a pampers dispenser on the wall, it follows that the company supports the American Entitlement Act or the Busybody Act. The Busybody Act covers idiots who worry about everyone else's business while conducting theirs poorly and without quality.
    Originally posted by David Merrill:
    Dean: The Chauffeur has no control over what a cheap operator gives him to drive. (other than change Employers) A good Chauffeur can make a ride in a 91 Chevrolet Caprice Ex police car a great ride. Good Chauffeurs are asked every day to make the ride in some of the trucks on the road today called Limousines a pleasant experiance dispite the actual ride of the vehicle. (but that is a whole other topic)

    I am just trying to point out that with a few exceptions, (yourself, Mr. Luff and a few others) most Limo Operators do not want to hire "Chauffeurs." First they do not want to pay the money and next they do not want someone on the payroll who may know a little more than they do. (makes them look bad) All they really want is a "Driver" who they can yell at and belittle when something goes wrong.

    I know this poll is no way scientific but it does show that what I am saying has some validity.
    Dean Schuler

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