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Danny was uncertain how much explaining he would have to give - if Alex hadn't read the wave, he'd have way more work to do - as Alex had read wave, it would be unnecessary to start from the beginning. He hoped Alex's nonverbal response meant the latter anyways.

"What I'm offering are customers directly to your doorstep and exclusive advertising on my cart." He paused. "Here's what I ask - you pay me 1 plat per hour plus whatever percentage of my fares you like at a minimum of 25%. A one-stop fare is rarely more than one gold. What I offer in return - per hour of running this program I will advertise exclusively for your business and promote the discounted fares and during that time I will only drive your customers to or from Phantasm." He paused again before summarizing. "What the customers get is discounted fares on my shuttle service to help encourage them to come to Phantasm, plus when they show up they will have spent less money on my services getting here which means they will have more money to spend when they get to the door. Plus anyone who doesn't take a lift here will still see your business advertised on the side of my cart."

"Some of the other advantages - people who have mobility issues that might not be able to walk here now have a means, or if they can make it here but the trip is too far for them now they can get here quicker - all at reduced price. And like I said, whatever they don't spend on my services they will end up spending here, so you'll get people who just need that little bit of encouragement by seeing a discounted shuttle service."

His posture shifted to one that was a bit more relaxed, indicating that he was about to be very frank with Alex. "Ultimately the 1 plat per hour fee is necessary to cover the cost for me working exclusively for you in that time span - I'll be passing up possible business that doesn't involve Phantasm so that takes care of my expenses, and in return you are getting the promotional advertising which at 1 plat per hour is a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere for promotions. So really the question is whether the percentage of the fares is worth the clientele that come with it." Danny correctly assumed that 1 plat per hour for advertising was not an item of debate, it was too good a deal when you consider the alternatives.

"We can start with a short trial period and move up to a renewable contract if you like the services you receive." Danny mentally braced himself for a counteroffer.

~Danny Franco

OOC: As a fair reminder, 1 plat is roughly $10 US currency, so the 1 plat per hour is the equivalent of a job that's better than min wage in the US or en par with a min wage job in Canada. 1 gold is roughly $5 US currency, so Danny's suggesting Alex pay as much as $1.25 US currency minimum per client he brings to Phantasm, probably (realistically) averaging closer to a minimum between $0.75 to $1. And Alex can pay a larger percentage of the fares at his option. A lot of numbers to crunch there...let's see what Alex thinks...

~Robert

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OOC: Thanks for the reminder. I was thinking Plat were $50-100.
-Kevin

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OOC: No worries. 1 Credit = $25, 1 Plat = $10, 1 Gold = $5, 1 Silver = $0.10

By the way, I have to go to one of the next few San Diego Comic-Con - when I went to see Adam Baldwin at Ottawa Comic-Con I brought my Serenity RPG book and had him sign it. I want to get more signatures from the crew in there and hopefully complete the set, and maybe get Joss Whedon's and a few others as well. Yosaffbridge too maybe? Hehehe...

~Robert

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OOC: Mmm, Christina Hendricks...

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"The 1 platinum per hour would presumably be any hour you were running your service. What hours do you work?"

- Alex

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Danny nodded at Alex's first comment about the flat rate charge. "I work 12-hours a day usually split into two shifts, but being my own boss, I'm able to pick and choose when I work. But for you we can talk certain times when I'll be running this service and I can run those consistently and can shift my schedule to work around Phantasm's."

Danny knew Phantasm was a late-night gig but then so too would have been the casino. But for Danny, choosing when to work was centered around when he would get the most business. Just before lunch and for the few hours after seemed to be one such time most days of the week, and dinner time to late-night seemed to be the other. But for certain businesses with specific close-times different from others on the skyplex, there was opportunity.

Frankly the Casino wasn't Danny's first choice. Too much unpredictability in when people would be going to or from the Casino. Other than dinner time and the after-work hours but then that was always spotty. He could be certain the customer base was there at those times but he'd have better luck just picking up people finishing their shift and wanting to go home than trying to find only people headed to the Casino. Besides, Casino-goers liked to walk so that they'd have more money to spend there - the deal with the Casino Owner would have been a good one if he could count on the owner to pay at least 50% of the fares.

But Phantasm at least had specific hours that made sense with the crowds of customers. He could work an hour or two when the evening hours pick up, and another hour or two around closing time to get all the people headed home. That seemed to make the most sense. I need to get barf bags for the cart, he thought, remembering that drunk clients were dependable when it came to needing services and either paying for it or having someone else pay for it, but they also made for pretty bad clients when they couldn't hold their liquor and hadn't already relieved themselves at the washrooms at Phantasm.

...barf bags and lots of wipes...

~Danny Franco

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OOC. Love to have you out at San Diego Comic Con. I just missed Adam and Josh when they were walking the over night line for the Firefly panel. This year perhaps.

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OOC: One of the things we routinely do as Street Pastors is persuade taxi drivers to take drunk people home. Giving them free sick bags and cleansing wipes goes a long way to help.

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"I don't mind," Alex said with a slight shake of the head. "Advertising is advertising any hour of the day. Work what hours suit you, and invoice me for up to 12 plat a day. You don't need to work exclusively for me either, if there are other customers needing you," - Alex didn't for a moment believe Danny would pass up customers and sit idle for a platinum an hour when he could be picking up fares as well. And if he was that lazy, Alex had underestimated him and didn't want to encourage it - "but I will subisidise your trips to and from Phantasm." If people knew they could get home for less, they might stay later and spend more.

"It'd be in your interests to prioritise us from about 2am," he noted. "We're open til 4 most nights, longer for special events, but people begin leaving from about 2. Our quietest period is generally 6am til noon, but we don't get seriosuly busy until around now," he noted. "This kind of time in the evening you might work out where people come in from, where they might be wanting lifts in from in future."

Alex would rather have Danny's taxi outside the club from 2am shuttling punters home than have him randomly cruising the skyplex in the hopes of finding someone wanting a ride to Phantasm. The club's customers consistently arrived under their own steam, but some would benefit from help getting home. He could use this as a pro in his next conversation with Scarlet, too; how he was taking steps to get people home safely and keep the deck free from drunken disorder.

- Alex

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Danny nodded. "I was getting to that - I meant that I'd work only for you during the busy hours such as closing time or dinner time. I think it's in our best interests that it be just these sorts of times," he sat back a bit, hands in his lap, "that said, I do appreciate your willingness to allow for the pickup of other people but it interests me as I'd be expecting to pick up a large number of customers every time I hit Phantasm during the busy hours versus a few stragglers here and there."

He paused. "So 2 to 4 at night, what about evening hours, any good times then?" He was mentally taking notes.

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"Spacers come in throughout the day, and that can be hard to predict, but skyplex shift times finish at various times for the various systems and offices, so it's a case of working out where to be when. Some of the shifts are six a.m. to two p.m. but some people here keep bankers' hours, so you might find you're just moving from one employment hub or living area to the next as people finish work at their different times." He was quite enjoying thinking about it. Danny's job sounded quite fun to Alex.

"We're one of the most popular recreational facilities on the skyplex, so we have customers from lunch time through to close," he concluded.

- Alex

OOC: I'm making a few assumptions there. GMs, please do correct any errors.

Ash

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OOC: That's as good a run down as needed. I was invisioning a three shift work cycle that was fairly uniform across the station, to keep things orderly. Retail and vendors can work whatever hours they want, but mainteance, resupply and services all work the same shift sequences.

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OOC: Yeah, that figures. I imagined the continuous systems like maintenance etc would have the three 8 hour shifts while commercial and administrative employees would work something more like 9-5.

Ash

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At city hall we have one day shift of maintenance and during the evening and night there is virtually no one but us security folks looking after the building, but a station would have reduced staff for the "night" shift specifically with ships coming and going, that would make the loading docks a 24 hr operation with the 3 rotating shifts
Just my two bits from working in a building

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We need to time the arrival of Marks shuttle so I am not floating in the black too long :>)

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OOC: Was Mark waiting on Danny? I just went back and looked but found nothing, sorry if I missed it!  hmm

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Danny nodded and put a quick note into his cortex about the times. The lunchtime group sounded ideal, and then another around 5, and then more at close. "So it seems to me there will be about 6 hours a day that would be optimal for me to run my service, so that would make 6 plat per day advertising, plus...what percentage do you want to pay of the fares? A minimum of 25% is all I ask, but you're welcome to whatever percentage you prefer." Danny couldn't see more than 50% being very profitable, if it was even profitable at all, but then if Danny had the business sense to know what would work for the owner of an establishment such as Phantasm, he figured he wouldn't be in the taxi business.

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OOC:

Nope Mark is still pushing the armoured shuttle at full burn, but your services may be called upon to rush an injured engineer to the medical unit

James tpo Mark

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The sound of the first band taking the stage brought a slight smile to Alex's face. The real party was about to get started in the club.

And then everything went black. He knew that wasn't part of the act...

The darkness was followed by a deafening roar mixed with the sound of tortured steel and glass. Something horrible had happened.

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Danny nodded and put a quick note into his cortex about the times. The lunchtime group sounded ideal, and then another around 5, and then more at close. "So it seems to me there will be about 6 hours a day that would be optimal for me to run my service, so that would make 6 plat per day advertising, plus...what percentage do you want to pay of the fares? A minimum of 25% is all I ask, but you're welcome to whatever percentage you prefer." Danny couldn't see more than 50% being very profitable, if it was even profitable at all, but then if Danny had the business sense to know what would work for the owner of an establishment such as Phantasm, he figured he wouldn't be in the taxi business.

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"I'll start you for two weeks at 100%," Alex said, quite unbelievably; "you need better clothes," he stated, as an explanation.

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The sound of the first band taking the stage brought a slight smile to Alex's face. The real party was about to get started in the club.

And then everything went black. He knew that wasn't part of the act...

The darkness was followed by a deafening roar mixed with the sound of tortured steel and glass. Something horrible had happened.

With the office being separated from the club by just a simple interior door, the office lost pressure along with the bar. Alex went from being sat at the deck to being pulled through the suddenly open door as the air fled the room.

He therefore left the office and entered the bar airborne, accompanied by the door as it pulled off its hinges.

- Alex

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Danny was pulled free of his chair along with Alex, but managed to catch himself on the doorframe briefly, slowing his flight so that when he collided with a bar stool, it wasn't so damaging. He groaned all the same, but at worst he would suffer only bruising.

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----TIMELINE CUT----

OOC: Jason, is it okay to post here as Kris? If about half an hour has passed since she left the main bar to go check the safe in the office, would that be reasonable?

~Deborah

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OOC: Definitely OK, Deb! Although she may want to take cover now... smile

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Alex walked slowly into the office, and looked about himself. It was neater than it had been before the explosion. Of course, he shouldn't have been surprised by that, but it unsettled him.

FLASHBACK

The sound of the first band taking the stage brought a slight smile to Alex's face. The real party was about to get started in the club.

And then everything went black. He knew that wasn't part of the act...
The darkness was followed by a deafening roar mixed with the sound of tortured steel and glass. Something horrible had happened.

Suddenly, Alex went from being sat at the desk to being pulled through the door as the air fled the room, accompanied by the door as it pulled off its hinges.

- Alex

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Alex blinked, and slowly picked up his cortex.

"Kostandin," he said, instructing it to wave his Ysvek patron.

- Alex

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After several moments the rather wearied face of his comrade appeared on the cortex. =What?! Do you know what time it iz?=

-Konstandin

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"It's night time. I live in space," Alex replied. "It's always night time."

- Alex

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"I'm back on Greenleaf Skyplex," he continued. "We're reopening Phantasm in a few hours."

- Alex

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Kris knocked, and waited. From previous experience of interrupting him she knew to observe the courtesy.

~Kris

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