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2013-01-20 03:43:48 PM  
I shiat in the cab when this happens.
 
2013-01-20 03:49:03 PM  
I keep my gps open to make sure I'm not getting ripped off.
 
2013-01-20 04:03:41 PM  
I only ride rickshaws.
 
2013-01-20 04:03:45 PM  
What you said, subby.
 
2013-01-20 04:33:40 PM  
I wouldn't know. I can't even think of the last time I got in a cab. Probably 5 years ago.
 
2013-01-20 04:36:15 PM  
The difference there being if a waitress brings me the wrong food, I don't get charged more for her to walk the plate back and grab the right one.
 
2013-01-20 04:36:24 PM  
I'm in favor of tipping servers, cabbies. etc 99% of the time. But if they do something to drive the tab up overall, that money's coming out of their tip or eliminating alltogether.
 
2013-01-20 04:38:11 PM  
Nope, his farkup cost money.
 
2013-01-20 04:38:15 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: I shiat in the cab when this happens.


i farted in a cab last week because he made me late, so i'm getting a kick.

(eggy farts. mmmmmm).
 
2013-01-20 04:38:59 PM  
Small town in canada, all done by zones, no meters. Woot!

/i usually don't tip taxis, i'm lucky to have enough to pay for one on the rare occasion i DO use them.
//if they didn't know where they were going they DEFINITELY wouldn't be getting one
 
2013-01-20 04:39:27 PM  
I'd call em in for running me up.
 
2013-01-20 04:40:08 PM  
i gladly tip & over tip, but not a cabbie who is purposefully robbing me. report that sob. they have to pass tests proving they know the streets; he's a thief.
 
2013-01-20 04:40:32 PM  
fark the tip and the full fare in that case.
 
2013-01-20 04:40:42 PM  
Awesome, a tipping thread. These usually turn the derp up to eleven.

Don't disappoint me, Fark. I need some entertainment.
 
2013-01-20 04:40:59 PM  

ras django: Fark Rye For Many Whores: I shiat in the cab when this happens.

i farted in a cab last week because he made me late, so i'm getting a kick.

(eggy farts. mmmmmm).


Speaking of eggs, I dropped a carton of them Saturday morning. Decided to eat all 10 of the broken ones rather than let them go to waste. I will never eat more than 2 eggs in a sitting ever again, my bowels felt like they were going to quake themselves right out of my body.
 
2013-01-20 04:41:44 PM  

whidbey: I wouldn't know. I can't even think of the last time I got in a cab. Probably 5 years ago.


yeah I wouldn't pick your derelict ass up either ;)
 
2013-01-20 04:41:48 PM  
The Internet Tough Guy in me wants to say I wouldn't even pay the extra amount their mistake cost me. I'll settle for not tipping.
 
2013-01-20 04:42:25 PM  
I wouldn't tip the waiter that brought me the wrong thing either. A tip is extra: you get it if you do a good job. You don't do a good job, you don't get a tip. Simple as that. If tips were mandatory, it would be part of the bill.
 
2013-01-20 04:43:17 PM  
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2013-01-20 04:44:29 PM  

WillyChase: ras django: Fark Rye For Many Whores: I shiat in the cab when this happens.

i farted in a cab last week because he made me late, so i'm getting a kick.

(eggy farts. mmmmmm).

Speaking of eggs, I dropped a carton of them Saturday morning. Decided to eat all 10 of the broken ones rather than let them go to waste. I will never eat more than 2 eggs in a sitting ever again, my bowels felt like they were going to quake themselves right out of my body.


No man can eat 50 eggs.
 
2013-01-20 04:45:15 PM  
I know exactly what I do. This is a regular occurrence in Toronto. Whether it's through malice of intent, or the unfamiliarity of the city by the mostly immigrant drivers, I'm not sure. What I do is get out of the cab and refuse to pay. Then I call another. They always come.
 
2013-01-20 04:47:21 PM  
Not only am I not tipping, I am yelling at every wrong turn and not paying the full fare.
 
2013-01-20 04:47:34 PM  
I don't tip strangers ever. Tips are for future service, not a pat on the head for a good job today. The rule of thumb is that if I expect to see you again, I'll give a tip, even if you were shiate.
 
2013-01-20 04:53:04 PM  
Reminds me of the time I went to a club in Hollywood and they automatically added a 20% tip onto the price of a single drink from the bar. The bartender got snooty with me when I didn't leave an additional tip. $14 for a single rum & coke was effing ridiculous to start with, I'm not leaving an additional tip on top of the $2.80 they automatically added to my tab.
 
2013-01-20 04:53:10 PM  
She found a cabbie that speaks english?
 
2013-01-20 04:56:22 PM  
I once was in a cab with this old ditzy guy who was having trouble just trying to drive his way out of the mall parking lot. Dunno if ut was his plan all along, but he actually added an extra $5 to the fare for that. Thankfully since then the cab company was bought out by someone and one of the first things they did was to weed out the dumbasses, jerks, and scammers like this guy.
 
2013-01-20 04:56:47 PM  
Boston is got some of the most worthless, shiat brained cab services in the US. The medallion system is very limited and expensive, which leads them to be owned by 3-4 companies. They basically shift rent these out to anyone who wants to post the "cost" to do so, and try their best to make their money back for the night.

So you get cab drivers right off the boat with no knowledge of the city, tasked with trying to get people places, while also trying to beat the slim margin to make back their daily fee. Combine is with he fact that Boston is a small city geographically, and every other town and city around it has their own cab services that are not allowed to take fares in Boston by law.

At the end of the day I go with Uber. It's sometime slightly more expensive, but drives get you from A to B and aren't shiatbags talking on the phone and getting you lost. Plus they actually show up when you call ahead, unlike Boston cab drivers.
 
2013-01-20 04:57:27 PM  
Once had a cab pick me and 3 friends up in the pouring rain. We only needed to travel half a mile, but the downpour was so bad and we had girls with us (a rarity for me, as a Farker), so we opted for this instead. I sat up front and told the cabby where to go. He got there right away, but then proceeded to argue with me about whether we were close enough to the building we were trying to get to. He drove around for another half mile or more trying to find a way to get us closer to the building. We all just kept telling him no, it's fine, just let us out here. By the end of it, of course, we were just thankful to be at our destination, paid and got the heck out of there. We didn't tip. Ironically, had he simply dropped us off at the first place we asked, we would've given him the same amount of money for having to pick us up in the rain, and he could've pocketed the rest as tip.
 
2013-01-20 04:57:34 PM  

WillyChase: ras django: Fark Rye For Many Whores: I shiat in the cab when this happens.

i farted in a cab last week because he made me late, so i'm getting a kick.

(eggy farts. mmmmmm).

Speaking of eggs, I dropped a carton of them Saturday morning. Decided to eat all 10 of the broken ones rather than let them go to waste. I will never eat more than 2 eggs in a sitting ever again, my bowels felt like they were going to quake themselves right out of my body.


www.steroidtimes.com
Pussy.
 
2013-01-20 04:59:33 PM  
Once a week I used to take a cab from work because I was sick and taking the subway sometimes made me feel worse. For a thirty dollar cab ride from my office to my house I had more than my fair share of cabbies complain about the fare because they only wanted people going to the airport or hotels, not to their homes. I spent $120 a month on cabs but after the last cabbie complained about having to return from my city to Boston during rush hour, I stopped riding cabs. Some cabbies were nice but the ones who weren't were crybabies.
 
2013-01-20 04:59:33 PM  
It's the cab driver's job to transport a passenger in the most efficient way possible while maintaining an acceptable level of safety. Neglecting to do this means the passenger is not under any obligation to leave a tip.

As much as I despise the American tipping culture in general, I think it's essential to keeping cab drivers somewhat honest.
 
2013-01-20 05:02:15 PM  
I would have called the cab company and had his dispatcher on the line before I got out of the cab.
 
2013-01-20 05:03:43 PM  
The last time a cab driver took me the wrong way it was from somewhere I had taken a cab from a hundred times. I know the route and I know exactly how much it costs. He took a wrong turn and I had to correct him. The normal cab ride is $10.60 every time so I usually give the driver $15. By the time he corrected and got me home the ride was $18.50. I gave him $11 and told him why he tried to argue until I pointed out that the house next door to mine is the manager of his cab company and I was more than happy to knock on his door. I was bluffing though because he didn't live there anymore and I knew for a fact he was on vacation in Ethiopia.
 
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2013-01-20 05:08:13 PM  
I had a cabbie pick me up at a hotel and he took the long way to my destination. The fare ended up being about $15. It should have been about $10. I told him that I lived in the city for eight years, I knew what he did, he wasn't getting a tip, and if he wasn't happy with the $10, he was free to call the police because I knew he ripped me off.
 
2013-01-20 05:08:21 PM  

dopekitty74: Small town in canada, all done by zones, no meters. Woot!

/i usually don't tip taxis, i'm lucky to have enough to pay for one on the rare occasion i DO use them.
//if they didn't know where they were going they DEFINITELY wouldn't be getting one


That's not an excuse. Stop being cheap. If they do a good job, tip. If they don't cheat, tip. If they do the extras like open doors or open trunks or help with stuff, TIP.

If they did a great job and all you have is 'keep the change' tip money, call the company and compliment the driver. Companies always hear complaints, it's nice to hear praise.
 
2013-01-20 05:10:20 PM  
Last time I got a cab ride, I tipped the guy $5.something on a $14.something ride. He looked at the $20 like I'd stiffed him. I later learned that the driver is the head of public services in our podunk town. That's life in the sticks.
 
2013-01-20 05:10:57 PM  

letrole: I don't tip strangers ever. Tips are for future service, not a pat on the head for a good job today. The rule of thumb is that if I expect to see you again, I'll give a tip, even if you were shiate.


Tipping is a religion.
 
2013-01-20 05:11:35 PM  
I doubt I would know he got lost or even took the long way around. I only get taxis when I'm in an unfamiliar city with no wheels of my own.
 
2013-01-20 05:15:14 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: I keep my gps open to make sure I'm not getting ripped off.


Did this a week ago today when we took a cab from LGA to Javitz in NYC. The cabbie....mostly followed directions but when traffic got to be a hassle he improvised and still came under the estimate online. (worldtaximeter.com)
 
2013-01-20 05:17:02 PM  
I dont see how thats even possible with modern GPS technology.
 
2013-01-20 05:17:45 PM  
fusillade762: Tipping is a religion.

That's why your mum always gets and extra fiver.
 
2013-01-20 05:25:27 PM  
I travel a lot, and in many of the Caribbean islands (EX Aruba), cab fares are fixed by the government and based on zones.

EX, go from zone A to zone C and you pay a fixed price, no matter what cab you take.

There are no meters in the cabs.

// In India, you can get a driver for $50 us per day. But if you have a good driver, tip him well because he's saving your life every day :P
 
2013-01-20 05:28:14 PM  
Wrong way? Hell, you take a crpapy rout that cost more, you get no tip.

CSB Years ago when I was living in Frisco, I would regularly take a cab home from the clubs. Most cabbies would hop on the freeway for an exit or two: fast and cheap. One guy took a surface street route that cost what a normal ride+tip cost. He got no tip.
 
2013-01-20 05:31:44 PM  
CSB:

Atlanta, Perimiter area. Back in 2002.

I'm training people there, bored as shiat in my hotel room one night, when my DM pounds on my door, and says, "C'mon, we're going to a tiity bar!" Whatever, but it beats watching HBO...we get one of those independent "minivan" taxis to pick us up. My DM knew where it was, but not the exact address. The guy says, oh, yeah, he can take us there, ended up going in circles around it for 30 minutes, then finally "found" it. We knew he'd farked us, but paid him anyway.

Once I got back to AL, I'd borrow a friend's cellphone and call him, asking to pick me up somewhere. Wash Rinse Repeat. He fell for it several times, because I'd use a different phone every time. He'd call back when he got to his pickup and no one was there, sometimes I wouldn't answer, sometimes I would and say, "hold on just a few more minutes".

He eventually blocked all calls from my area code.
 
2013-01-20 05:32:57 PM  
I live in New Orleans. A cab driver, thinking I was a rube, took me and my girlfriend on a roundabout ride. I paid, I got out, I just happened to be carrying a battery operated bullhorn.

(CHHHRK) YOU ARE THE WORST CAB DRIVER IN NEW ORLEANS (CHHHRK)


The cab driver was terrified. Good times.
 
2013-01-20 05:39:10 PM  

abitofbuffalo: Reminds me of the time I went to a club in Hollywood and they automatically added a 20% tip onto the price of a single drink from the bar. The bartender got snooty with me when I didn't leave an additional tip. $14 for a single rum & coke was effing ridiculous to start with, I'm not leaving an additional tip on top of the $2.80 they automatically added to my tab.



You may have actually stiffed the guy. The add-on tip might be something management illegally keeps. I'm not saying you did anything wrong. That bartender won't work there long unless he's a dirt bag looser anyway.
 
2013-01-20 05:40:11 PM  
As long as he's not playing the Eagles we're fine.
 
2013-01-20 05:43:16 PM  

Alonjar: I dont see how thats even possible with modern GPS technology.


A lot of them don't use them. There are some serious luddites. It varies wildly. In San Fran last year my trip from the airport, the guy had gps and a credit card reader built into the back seat. On the way back to the airport, the guy had a bunch of paper maps folded up on the front seat and (swear to god) had to put my credit card under one of those pink slips of paper and scribble over it with a piece of charcoal or whatever to get the impression.

As for the topic at hand, I do always tip, but I have only taken cabs for business, so it's not my money. If it were, I'd probably not do it.
 
2013-01-20 05:47:04 PM  

Alonjar: I dont see how thats even possible with modern GPS technology.


Of course, it takes the 10 minutes of instruction for the English-speaking passenger's words to be understood and input by the cabbie.

/Will not miss taking cabs to "Fitzhugh Street".
 
2013-01-20 05:50:23 PM  
I fly to LAX from Minneapolis several times a year, and then take the Catalina Express from Long Beach to the island. I usually go on weekdays, so my options are a 10 AM boat, or wait at the CatEx port for 4 hours until the 2:00 PM boat. The flight almost always lands at about 8:45, so by the time I deplane and run to the curb, I can usually make it if A) traffic isn't snarled for some reason and B) I have a cab driver who listens to directions and isn't afraid of the car pool lane. I always tell them there's a $20 tip in it if we make it to the harbor in time for me to get that 10AM boat, and funny thing, I've only missed the boat one time, and that was because of an accident on the 405. I still tipped the guy that time because he turned the meter off, took me to Burger King so I could get something to eat, and then took me to the harbor. Cab drivers in L.A. are totally cool if you know where you're going and let them know you know where you're going.
 
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