Rort I Would Have Thought

20 Jul

This headline has me confused

Queenstown’s taxi route rout

I admit to not knowing the word so I consulted my friend, Google.   She (far too clever to be a man) repeatedly (and from reputable sources) claimed this

A rout is a chaotic and disorderly retreat or withdrawal of troops from a battlefield, resulting in the victory of the opposing party, or following defeat,

More reading shows more uncommon and obscure uses

a. A disorderly crowd of people; a mob.
b. People of the lowest class; rabble.
When I think I’ve come up with what it could be I realise that most meaning refers to ‘defeat’ and I don’t think price gouging Queenstown taxi companies are ‘defeated’ in any way or disorderly (a), possibly b).  Maybe they are referring to the customers as defeated? 
Can a more learned reader clarify it for me?

3 Responses to “Rort I Would Have Thought”

  1. Philip T July 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Can only wonder at a headline about either a rort or rout in this day and age of free market ideology. The question is what place is more expensive. Because some charges more that doesn’t give anyone the right to point to anyone being routed or rorted.
    Bit like flying from Invercargill. No competition so you pay more. Drive to Dunedin or Queenstown and you can fly to Auckland for half the cost out our airport. Does that mean we are getting ripped off or is it simply good business? I am constantly amazed at those who wanted everything deregulated but squeal the minute they think they are paying to much. It is either one or the other.
    Where the real rorts are is when people are held captive by councils and elected people get caught up in self interest and fail to do what they are elected to do.
    At least with taxis we have a choice with shuttles and buses

    • Kylie July 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      Venture did an economic study of oyster festival this year. The questionnaire they sent through asked if you flew in…and which airline…!!!! I asked it to be changed to ‘which airport’. I will be very interested in the responses because when fielding calls I have a lot of people saying they were driving from Dunners or Qtown.

      • Philip T July 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

        I just booked return flights from Dunedin to Auckland and saved $260 pp. Direct flights both ways so reckon the driving time is about the same as changing flights. But the dimwits running our airport are to concerned about making sure someone doesn’t park at the front of our airport to worry about the realities of actually running an airport. Cant get cycling events at the velodrome because they cant carry bikes on the planes presently. They are all wanting to get on the public payroll but never think to talk with each other

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