Ok, I was just checking. I was Person B. From the first time I talked to the guy he sounded a little annoyed/belligerent. Then I misheard him the first time and went to 49th St. instead of 29th St. Not wanting to spend money on a second cab (my being broke was no lie), I told him I’d walk down and be there in 20 minutes. He got pretty upset at this and told me it shouldn’t take 20 minutes to go from 49th to 29th, and that he was the one doing *me *a favor, remember? Ok, I’ll take a cab. So I get there, call him, he raises his hand and I head over. Skinny Asian guy, late 20s, glasses, dress shirt. I said my thank yous and took back the phone. He seemed really perplexed by my attempt to shake his hand. The first thing he said to me (not counting “Hey”) was, “So, don’t I get something for my effort?” – and not in a friendly, half-joking way. Most of the time I’d love to, I tell him (truthfully), but I’m really damn broke at the moment. He curses me out and storms back into the bar, at one point uttering the phrase “after all the effort I put in.”
Obviously he was an asshole, but I just wanted to see if my asshole behavior set him off.
I don’t know, doesn’t that sound like you’re holding the phone for ransom? That seems like the worst option (short of just keeping it, of course), since there’s no way I’m going to risk telling him no. If someone had done that I’d definitely want to bring a couple of guys with me.
As my friend who was with me at the time said: “Hey, remember that time I had the chance to steal from you but didn’t? Well now YOU owe ME a favor!”