Anchorage taxi driver wants to make Valentine’s Day special for some lucky passengers


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Anchorage taxi driver wants to make Valentine's Day special for some lucky passengers

Anchorage taxi driver wants to make Valentine’s Day special for some lucky passengers

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Anchorage, Alaska (KTUU) – Lynette Hinz has been driving taxis in Anchorage for nearly 40 years. It’s a career that suits her, she said.

“I love driving and I love meeting people,” she said. “So it works well.”

Hintz has seen a lot of changes in Anchorage over time, but she said this year seems a little different. Many of her passengers fell.

“With COVID, I’ve seen a lot of people, my clients — they’re struggling, really struggling,” she said.

Hinz wanted to give her customers something to look forward to, and she landed on Valentine’s Day. She started soliciting prizes from local businessmen who she could present at a painting she plans to take place this Friday.

Merchants have been generous, Hinz said, and the package now includes dinner for two at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, $100 flowers from Uptown Blossoms and other gift certificates. Hinz is still looking for a hotel to donate the night, and she plans to drive the winner in her cab that night.

Hintz said the painting is open to anyone taking her taxi. So far, 50 people have signed up.

“They don’t have to go with significant other – they can go with their mother or they can go with their kids, but they have to be at least 19 years old to get in,” she said.

Those interested can contact Alaska Yellow Cab at 907-222-2222 and ask for taxi number 72. They can also call Hinz directly at 907-301-5435.

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