NATIONAL BRIEFING / AND FINALLY . . .

Times Wire Reports

When Eric Hagen started Recession Ride Taxi in Essex, Vt., he took more questions than fares.

Everyone wanted to know if the sign reading, "Pay What You Want!" on the back of his taxi was for real. It is, and Hagen tells the Burlington Free Press that business has been good. He also offers a free ride after six paid fares.

Most of his transactions are in cash. But he's also been paid with a CD (from a musician) and a $10 supermarket card.

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