LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Cab companies are already making preparations for New Year's Eve, their busiest night of the year.
The phones are already ringing at Americab in Lawton where more than a dozen customers have already set up pickup times in advance. The company expects to receive more than 700 calls from patrons looking to be dropped off and picked up from parties and local bars.
Cab drivers say they never know what they're going to see, or encounter, when it comes to New Year's Eve. One cab driver says she's driven multiple women in labor to the hospital on New Year's and has even taken multiple calls from people asking her to pick up their to-go food for them. With each year, comes new comical anecdotes and unusual stories.
This year marks cab driver Lynn Morgan's 26th year of driving people around on New Year's Eve. Morgan says the most entertaining part of ringing in the New Year is some of the phone calls she handles from customers.
"We have people who call and say, 'We are too inebriated, can you go to the liquor store. We have a shopping list, could you go get our liquor for us?' And it's like, 'Well, I am not really supposed to do that.' And they're like, 'Well, I'll give you the money. I'll give you my credit card,' and these people are serious. The one girl called, she goes, 'We can't find our keys and my husband's really drunk and I need to get to the hospital because I'm having my baby,'" Morgan said.
Morgan says when it comes to cabbing, most drivers are prepared for everything and can handle most anything their customers throw at them.
"We're the jack of all trades and masters of none," she said.
Morgan says every call is welcome, and warns those celebrating the New Year it is not worth it to drink and drive.
"I mean, there is no amount of partying that is ever going to get you back your license or your life or somebody else's life," Morgan said.
Morgan says at the beginning of the night, wait times will start at about 20 minutes and can last about two hours when the night draws to a close around 2 a.m.