Men take taxi ride from New York to Los Angeles - Click above to watch the video after the jump

We've taken a couple crazy cab rides in our lifetime, but we've never paid up for a ride that took us from New York to Los Angeles. John Belitsky and his buddy Dan Wuebben have done the deed, though, with cabbie Mohammed Alam providing the yellow Ford Escape taxi. The cost? $5,000. The media attention from paying a cabbie five grand to take you cross country? Priceless.

If you're thinking that this sounds like the script to a movie, Belitsky is probably thinking the same thing. CNN reports that the investment banker and son of a cab driver is heading to Hollywood to pitch the story as a movie idea, adding "we're going to take it to some movie people when we get there and see what happens."

We're all for a good (and we stress "good") road trip movie, but we're more impressed with the fact that Belitsky was able to convince a cab driver to take the fare in the first place. The traveling pair reportedly asked more than a few cabbies if they were up for the journey, but only Alam was interested in risking the hefty fare. But even at $5,000, Belitsky got off easy on the trip. We're guessing the trip would have cost at least three times as much if the meter were actually running, and the cab driver still had to get his Escape all the way back to the Big Apple.

Hit the jump
to watch a WBIR video report about the trio's momentous road trip.

[Source: CNN]



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      • 3 Years Ago
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        torqued
        • 3 Years Ago
        What if the cabby was an undercover CIA agent, and John Belitsky was an undercover FBI agent (played by Will Ferrell), but neither one knew the other was undercover and they were both dating the same woman. Then Dan Wuebben turned out to be a vampire robot from the future. That movie would be fantastic.
        Kerby
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you kidding? Scorsese, 3D and Mark Wahlberg dying at the end? I smell an Oscar
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad it wasn't the Cash Cab. They would have been able to rack up some insane amount of money! Sounds like a fun road trip, but I think they would have been better off literally BUYING a car and driving it cross country, versus what they did. Then again, a road trip is supposed to be wacky and spontaneous.
      Reparkable
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the of this point was.....
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      5 grand? Ouch.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      5000 seems cheap for a cab ride that far. I've seen NYC cabs 150 miles west of the city before, but imagine seeing one driving up along the coast of California? haha Good for you Alam! Hope you had fun.
        swissfreek
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Agreed. Right after 9/11 we had a guy come to the limo company I worked for whose daughter was getting married in SoCal the next weekend (I'm from Boston), and obviously planes still weren't flying. So he hired a stretch limo to drive him out there with two drivers over the course of 48 hours or some such, and paid about $40000 for the trip. He had to pay a per-mile fee for the car to get out there AND back (he didn't come back with the limo), plus the fuel surcharge, plus he tipped the drivers something like a grand on top of what they were already getting paid (which is done by percentage of the total fare, so they were getting a pretty big paycheck to begin with). Not a bad week's work for them.
      Brady Holt
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Why don't you try the airline? It's faster and you get a free meal." -Planes, Trains and Automobiles
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      time and money not well spent...this does not deserve any publicity
      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      sounds like a top gear challenge
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is old news. Why are you posting these old stories from last week?
      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      A get RICH Quick Scheme, only $5,000 investment. I can't wait for their informercial about how to become a millionaire by following their "secret" method. What a joke, They should have flown to Cali, and donated the remainder of their cash to a worthy cause like child cancer research.
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