[BBC] BG Note: This is from an article titled “Oscars 2015: Secrets of the limo drivers.”
Behind the tinted windows there are also chips, peanuts, juice and hard candy (“chocolate is too messy,”) too, but it’s usually requested that the liquor cabinet stays dry. No one wants any flubs in front of the camera, though the champagne is usually in the trunk ready for after the show.
The limos are mini-offices, with Apple TV, wifi and Bluetooth. Chauffeurs always take time to lay out the goodies, even arranging the napkins, because a good impression (or knowing the nearest place to get cigarettes) can affect the size of their tips, which Alex Darbahani of KLSLA says average around $100, though can be as much as $800 – or as little as $20.
Special requirements cost extra, of course.
One “very well-known actor,” says Darbahani discreetly, “wanted incense, no music, and a specific route for the driver to take. He was meditating in the car before the Oscars.”
Drivers have an emergency kit as well: a black bag with travel-size hairspray, mouthwash, a small sewing kit and other bits and bobs.
“It can get them a big tip,” says Darbahani, recalling the time when a driver had to staple the dress of an actress. “In the pictures from the event, you can see how she kept her hand over the staples the whole time.”
[Optional] What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done in the back of a hired car?