I started a new job recently that requires me to commute by taxi to work and back. A more economical way is to find a driver, and that seemed like a good idea so I wouldn't have to call up a taxi service and give directions every day. An acquaintance recommended her driver, and he was willing to take me for 30% less than a taxi service. Sounded fabulous.
On the very first day the driver was supposed to pick me up, he didn't show up. I called his cell phone, he didn't pick up, I ended up taking a taxi, and was late to work (fine for a Mexican employer but not okay for my American employer). Since he never called to explain himself, I was deciding later that day whether to call him or not. #1: Talking on the phone in Spanish still isn't easy, and #2: I needed to have an uncomfortable conversation with this guy in Spanish and let him know what he did was NOT okay.
I rang him up in the evening, and I'm not sure what to think about the bag of lies he fed me. He said his car broke down and that he told our mutual acquaintance to call me. Bro, "my car broke down" is one of the lamest, over-used lies in the book of Mexican excuses. I can't tell you how many times we've been told that lie, and it's so common that it's nearly a truth. Just like lying about change -- you start to hear it and use it so often that it becomes a personal truth.
Part of me wants to give the driver another chance because this kind of lying is not really considered lying, but the American side of me wouldn't give this guy a second chance. At least tell me a believable and original lie, man. Still not sure what I'm going to do because if he does something like this the first time, he's likely to do it over and over again.