Angie Wieck, Published February 26 2012
It's My Job: Chauffeur enjoys chance to meet new people, celebrities
How did you start driving limousine?
The first limo job I had was in the early 1990s as a part-time job. I was single and working for extra money. I thought it was cool.
Do you need a special kind of license to drive these types of vehicles?
Drivers must have a commercial driver’s license and must pass additional tests for air brakes and passenger endorsements.
What are some of the common reasons people rent limos or coaches?
Most of it’s either weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthdays or just for a night out. … People also take them to events such as hockey games or UFC fights, stuff like that.
When people rent a vehicle for the purpose of bar hopping, how are you able to keep people who have been drinking in line?
You have to be stern, but in a nice way. You have to go into it knowing you’re going to deal with a lot of drunks. They’re on there for a reason. They don’t want to drive and they’re going out for a good time. … (At the beginning of the night) I turn the radio down and ask them to give me five minutes to go over a couple of rules. After that, I tell them the night is all theirs. People are generally respectful.
Have you ever had to kick someone off?
I haven’t. A couple of times I’ve threatened not to let people back on who had been fighting right outside the bus or been fighting in a bar and expected to get back on the bus. That’s when you have to talk to the one in charge (the person who signed the rental contract) for help. You have to let them know they’re not allowed back on unless they cool their heads. I’ve never had to physically leave somebody or get anybody a cab.
What are some of the crazier things passengers have done?
People keep it pretty decent. They really do. People are always asking for a stripper pole or whatever, but we don’t necessarily want that clientele. … We have the typical dancing a little bit, but everybody is pretty decent.
Have you chauffeured any celebrities?
Billy Joel. Elton John. The guys from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
Do you have a favorite?
Billy Joel was cool. He sat right up front of the SUV with me. And I had Larry the Cable Guy. He was funny.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I get to meet a lot of nice people for the most part. There is just something about driving a limo. … It’s not for everybody, but I’ve always liked it. There’s something about being that guy dressed up driving a limo. … It’s just fun.
All Occasions Limousine and Coach of Fargo
- Owners: Bill and Judy Walker
- Phone: (701) 232-LIMO
- Website: www.fmlimo.com
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