On arrival in a regional airport in the UK, I asked the price of a taxi fare. I discovered it was considerable – just to get to the gate of the airport, although maybe the driver was joking a little. I decided to try walking to the Guest House where I would overnight. I soon realised it was further than I had estimated. I then hailed a taxi and ask if the driver was open to a creative idea about the fare. She said, “Try me” So I asked if she would take me as far as £5 would enable me to travel using her taxi-meter. This she did and I discovered that I was only a few yards from my overnight accommodation.
A humorous incident happened in one Asian country. A senior police officer, of British background, came to visit the office where I was working. He had served in a very senior position in another Asian country and had now retired. I walked him to the roadside to catch a taxi. He said in his very English accent: “No problem, David, I can hail a taxi” So in typical British style, he held his umbrella up in the air to catch the attention of the taxi. Meanwhile, I had made the appropriate cultural gesture for hailing taxis in that country. Soon a taxi was waiting for him. “There you are” he said “It always works.” I didn’t explain the real situation as he was leaving soon for the UK. Knowing a little about the culture can be very helpful.