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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Joe Lieberman: Average Tipper

posted by on September 18 at 11:50 AM

So you’re driving your cab and you get called to the Silver Cloud Inn near the University District. Not the usual spot for big names traipsing through Seattle, but there he is, slipping into your back seat: Joe Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah.


So goes the story from the Slog tipping and cab driving Joel Severson, who adds that Lieberman, presented with a $21.10 fare for getting from the Silver Cloud to the Pike Place Market (Severson blames traffic) handed over $25 and told the cabbie to keep the change.

“On a $21 fare, that’s very average,” Severson told me. “Everything about him seemed modest. The place that he was staying, his tipping, the way that he tipped, and the way that he was dressed.”

Aw. But did Severson overhear any secret Republican strategy coming out of Lieberman’s mouth?

“I thought they may have whispered something about something current,” Severson said. “I really don’t recall. They started to talk in hushed terms, but I don’t think they were talking about any big names.”

Got a famous face in your back seat? The Slog is always open for tips. (Photo by Joel Severson)

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I would've driven them off a bridge...for the good of the country.

Posted by Hernandez | September 18, 2008 11:47 AM

Sounds like they were agreeable cab customers.  

Posted by lostboy | September 18, 2008 12:06 PM

Is average tipping news?

Posted by Gloria | September 18, 2008 12:07 PM

I wish I could have been at pike place market when he was dropped off. I would have loved to have some words with him and spit on his shoes. Asshole.

Posted by I wish | September 18, 2008 12:08 PM

Those two look so alike it's kind of spooky.

Posted by cdc | September 18, 2008 12:17 PM

@1 and 4: As much as I might hate him politically, why get all up in his grille when he's out with his wife as a private citizen?

Posted by demo kid | September 18, 2008 12:19 PM

@6 Umm...that was sarcasm, buddy. It's not like any cabbie would actually sacrifice their own life just to drive the Liebermans off a bridge...or would they?

Posted by Hernandez | September 18, 2008 12:24 PM

demo kid @6,

Lieberman, above all else, is an attention whore. He gets himself on any news/opinion show he can. He got HUGE publicity by snubbing his own (former) party and endorsing McCain at the republican convention. He is, by his own design, a huge public figure.

You cannot turn privacy on and off like a switch, whenever you want. If you build your entire life around being an attention whore, sometimes you'll get attention when you don't necessarily want it.

Tough shit.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | September 18, 2008 12:27 PM

He's a jew, of course he's cheap

Posted by Dori Monson | September 18, 2008 12:27 PM

$21 for a ride from the Silver Cloud to the market? Traffic? There must have been a four-car fatal right in front of the cab that kept it trapped on Fairview for an hour!

Posted by Toe Tag | September 18, 2008 12:44 PM

A better headline would have been "Joe Lieberman: Tips like a Normal Person".

An 18% tip is pretty standard... "15% and round up" is sort of my standard rule (unless I get help with bags, etc.)? I don't know, something about "average tipper" just has a negative connotation...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 18, 2008 12:46 PM

He's seated just right of center.

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 18, 2008 12:49 PM


to us commie pinko fags there is nothing interesting about the current political clown Joe has become ..... however ..... however how doggy his politics have become, Joe has been gay friendly for a very long time. He was good looking as a much younger guy, find the pix of bare chested frolicking at the picnic circa. 1965 for the REAL story.

Posted by Andrew | September 18, 2008 1:13 PM

the cabbie DID'NT punch him in his droopy traitor face? how dare he enter our liberal bubble? even Bush is smart enough to stay the fuck out.

Posted by max solomon | September 18, 2008 1:57 PM

Q. How do you stop JOE-MENTUM?

A. A seatbelt.

Posted by Drawmark | September 18, 2008 2:26 PM

What Julie @11 said.

Posted by lostboy | September 18, 2008 2:33 PM

His tip was 18.48% of the fare. What would have been more appropriate? Eli, how much would you or Erica have tipped?

Eli, doesn't real news interest you anymore? You've posted a lot of gossip and rumors of late. We're all going to refer to you now as Cindy or Liz.

Posted by Danisparanoidandhysterical | September 18, 2008 5:45 PM

I bet it was the University Village Silver Cloud Hotel they were staying at, and I bet the Montlake Bridge was "open" for about 10 minutes on a recent sunny sunday afternoon at about 12:15 pm. That way it would seem very plausible that it would have been a $21.10 fare. I bet they weren't bothered by the traffic standstill on 25th Avenue NE where there was little to no chance to do a U-turn back up to NE 45th street. I bet they took it in stride and used it as an excuse to hold hands for most of the 20 minute trip, and to whisper sweet war-mongering nothings into each others ears. I bet they even called this cab driver back for a return trip to the University Village, but that the driver was busy with another fare, whereby Joe left a message on his voicemail (saved for 30 days). I bet Steve Forbes once tipped this driver $1.80 on a $4.20 fare, and that Kirby Puckett once tipped him $5.80 on a $4.20 fare. Get yer calculators out. I bet his dentist (at the time) once tipped him $0 on a $12 fare, and that now she is no longer his dentist.

Posted by Mr. E. | September 18, 2008 10:44 PM

I'm not sure if Mr. E. @18 is Joel Severson or not, but either way, it's the best comment of the thread.

(Though Julie @11 runs a very close second.)

Posted by lostboy | September 19, 2008 10:50 AM

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