|Fares keep Olmeda busy in wee hours|
|Wednesday, December 19, 2012 2:08 PM|
As the owner and only driver of DC Cabs, Olmeda is kept reasonably busy into the wee hours of the morning answering calls and getting people where they need to go.
“The hours I operate are usually from about 4 p.m. until about 1 a.m.,” he said. “But my weekends are the busiest time, of course, and on Fridays it’ll be from 4 p.m. until whenever the calls stop coming in and then it’ll start back up at 6 a.m. Occasionally I get a few calls during the day.”
In a small town that has so many liquor establishments, a lot of Olmeda’s calls are people who have had too much to drink and are smart enough to know they shouldn’t drive. However, Olmeda says he gets the occasional errand run or elderly customer.
“I started thinking about doing this when I heard there had been some cuts to elderly care and to places like the senior citizens center,” he said. “I haven’t had a lot of senior citizens yet but it’s only been seven weeks. Another reason I wanted to start this was all of the DUIs you see in this town, there’s a lot of ‘party plates.’ I’m hoping that having someone to call will help reduce that. I’ve been juggling the idea around for a while now, wondering how the community would respond to having its own taxi service.”
“I mostly drive just in Delphos and the surrounding area,” he added. “Occasionally I’ll be called to pick someone up and take them to the store. I’ll wait for them if they’re just going to be ten minutes or so and then take them back home. I’ll drive you to places like Ottawa, Van Wert, Lima, but it’s one-way and it costs more.”
With a job like this, there is potential for interpersonal problems but Olmeda says he hasn’t had any issues.
“I’ve lived in Delphos a long time, so I’ve gotten to know almost everyone. It’s been good, I haven’t had any problems,” he said.
“Occasionally there are some pretty funny people. One time I got a call from a female at the police station and went to go pick her up. She was out there, just really funny. It keeps it interesting.”
Olmeda’s favorite part of the job is being there for the people of Delphos.
“It’s nice just being here for when someone needs a ride, so they don’t have to always rely on family and friends to drop everything they’re doing. I live in Delphos, so there’s hardly any wait,” he said. “Hopefully this works out for the community, especially for the senior citizens. It’s good for them to have someone to call.”
Olmeda lives in Delphos with his wife, Rachel, and their five children, Tatiana, 15, Ramone, 13, Tyrayna, 10, Rico, 8, and Romelio, 6. During the day, he works at Pohlman Builders.