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2013-01-20 05:50:40 PM  

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


Mishearing temple street as temple place? Ya our gps don't have that tech yet.
 
2013-01-20 05:54:22 PM  
As for the tip I'd still tip unless I was pretty sure the mistake was intentional. I am nice, or if you prefer a sucker, like that.
 
2013-01-20 05:58:07 PM  

fusillade762: 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.


Have I told you lately that I love you?
 
2013-01-20 06:00:58 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Nope, his farkup cost money.


not only did it cost money, it was theft.
report him on the number listed in the back of the cab
wait, boston has a number like that right?
chicago does ....

would have given him 6 dollars and told him to report himself for theft
if he calls the cops, press charges against him for ripping you off

sucks to be him if his job requires knowing to ASK which address you want to go to before he starts driving and he doesnt do it ...
 
2013-01-20 06:13:08 PM  
In Indonesia, cab fares are negotiated before the trip begins.

/always tipped well anyway.
//paid about $5,000 rupiahs, tipped $5,000r.
///1000 rupiahs=~$1.00 at the time
 
2013-01-20 06:14:32 PM  
Last time I took a cab, he got in an accident. I had to stand out in the rain to hail another one, because he was too busy yelling with the other party and to witnesses to call it in on his phone to HQ.

Half the time, they never know where they're going either.

I farking hate taking cabs. Would rather get on the subway and schlep my luggage than deal with this BS.

/US should adopt the London requirement of "The Knowledge"
 
2013-01-20 06:19:54 PM  
I drove a cab for a short 3 month stint and I still say you shouldn't tip the driver if they get lost.

I mean wtf, really?
 
2013-01-20 06:19:54 PM  
There's three reasons I won't tip a cabbie:

(1) Getting lost
(2) When he asks me to give him directions AND HE HAS A GODDAMN GPS IN THE CAB
(3) When I have to spend the whole trip talking to him and coughing loudly at random intervals to keep him awake.
 
2013-01-20 06:20:12 PM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: 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.


Cheat? How could they cheat? There's no meters. They call in via cb type radio to dispatch when they pick you up, and the dispatcher quotes the fare so the customer hears it. I'm always cheerful and tell them thank you, but they don't generally get out and open doors for you either. Tipping cabs in Fredericton isn't terribly common.
 
2013-01-20 06:20:57 PM  

oh_please: I'm training people there, bored as shiat in my hotel room one night, when my DM pounds on my door


You were there with your Dungeon Master?
 
2013-01-20 06:21:31 PM  
media.monstersandcritics.com
 
2013-01-20 06:22:56 PM  
I travel very little and live in a very rural area with minimal taxi service so i rarely use them and if they get lost no tip. getting thier passenger from point a to point b in a quick and safe manner is their job if they fail they get nothing above the fare.
 
2013-01-20 06:34:32 PM  
Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.
 
2013-01-20 06:34:57 PM  
Being as he did that deliberately to drive the fare (and he did, cabbies know where they are going and what they are doing), no way I'd farking tip the asshole. I'd lodge a complaint for fare gouging as well.
 
2013-01-20 06:35:36 PM  
What are these "Taxis" you speak of?

/Rochester
 
2013-01-20 06:36:09 PM  

pete1729: 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.


Back in my earlier days, I lived in NOLA, on Broadway, right near Tulane, and I'd occasionally take Greyhound home for a few days. I knew the cabride from the Greyhound station to that spot on Broadway ran $5 or $5.50, depending on traffic or what exit the driver took.

One day this dude, who I remember from previous trips as being legit, ran the meter, charged me right, treated me well, was at the taxi stand outside the depot. Got in, gave him the address, but he never put the meter on. Silly ol me thought he was going to make a quick run, pocket the money as cash, and that was that. In New Orleans, a little money on the side is a way of life.

Got to where I needed to be, he turns around and tells me it's $22. I hand him a $5 bill and told him that was what he charged me the last time I went from A to B. And the time before that. He starts making a stink, and I tell him to call the cops so he can show his meter.

I made him carry my luggage from the trunk to the sidewalk across the street for being an asshole. Sometimes, ya just gotta call their bluff.
 
2013-01-20 06:36:19 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: oh_please: I'm training people there, bored as shiat in my hotel room one night, when my DM pounds on my door

You were there with your Dungeon Master?


Yeah, that's why he couldn't find the titty bar.
 
2013-01-20 06:37:16 PM  
As a woman, I've been given the cabbie run around several times.. Long route, "got lost", taking a street they know construction is happening, etc... So hell no, I give them what the ride is worth, and tell em to call the cops, but they never do.
Funny that these things rarely happen if there is a man in the cab with me. So now, first thing I do when I get in a cab is take a pic of their cabbie-license that they must display on the dashboard, then fire up the GPS. Seems to help once they know I'm not farking around.
 
2013-01-20 06:38:32 PM  

moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.


If you are trying to be ironic, stop, just stop.
 
2013-01-20 06:38:51 PM  
The best cabbies I know continue to get my business for two reasons. One - they KNOW THE CITY and two - when they know they can get a guaranteed fare rather than drive around, they give me their card with their cell on it. I get in touch with them, pay cash, and they get full fare and a decent tip. AND I don't have to wait and wait; they know where they are, traffic consditions, and how fast. They don't BS me - if the Seahawks just let out they know it's gonna be a biatch...

On the other hand, if you gonna get in a screaming match on your phone while driving me around, I will take your phone and turn it off. I have actually had to do this. Yikes!
 
2013-01-20 06:44:54 PM  

gas giant: What are these "Taxis" you speak of?

/Rochester


The Africans in minivans outside the bus station. They're slow, but since I was expecting nookie on the other end of those cab rides, maybe my perception was affected.
 
2013-01-20 06:59:16 PM  
I try to have an idea of how to best get where I'm going. Then, I would tell them to take that way. If they argue and want to take another way and you really know they are just trying to drive up the bill, then I'd threaten to call the taxi authority.

If it was an honest mistake and he really got lost (which would have to be based on my guess of what happened), and it wasn't a ton of money I'd still tip.

If they were just screwing you over, I wouldn't tip. I was just talking to my SO today about this.. he is working in Bahrain and they are always going to the same few places in cabs. They always pay the same amount, if the guy takes the right road it is a good tip, if the guy tries to screw them it is no tip...
 
2013-01-20 07:05:18 PM  

Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: 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.

Have I told you lately that I love you?


Awww...

*blush*
 
2013-01-20 07:46:58 PM  
static2.businessinsider.com

"That'll be $15... plus tip"
 
2013-01-20 07:56:21 PM  

KrispyKritter: 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.


Not necessarily. The passenger could have said 'Fergusen please'


Technically, I think the meter is supposed to be off if the driver is lost. I guess he can make the argument he isnt lost... Just bad destination input to him.
 
2013-01-20 07:59:01 PM  
I once had a waiter bring me the wrong food then try to charge me for what I ordered and the incorrect dish he brought me. I mentioned that he made a mistake and I wouldn't be paying for it. He insisted that I pay for both so I just left instead. Free dinner.
 
2013-01-20 08:18:47 PM  

wumpus: I once had a waiter bring me the wrong food then try to charge me for what I ordered and the incorrect dish he brought me. I mentioned that he made a mistake and I wouldn't be paying for it. He insisted that I pay for both so I just left instead. Free dinner.


I was at dinner the other night with some friends and I ordered a beef taco and a chicken enchilada. I ended up getting chicken in both. When my friend tried to alert the waiter in Spanish he rushed off to fix it and brought me a beef enchilada. When we got him to slow down so we could explain he finally brought me the beef taco. So I ended up with twice as much food as I had ordered for no extra cost.
 
2013-01-20 08:19:30 PM  

nipner: As a woman, I've been given the cabbie run around several times.. Long route, "got lost", taking a street they know construction is happening, etc... So hell no, I give them what the ride is worth, and tell em to call the cops, but they never do.
Funny that these things rarely happen if there is a man in the cab with me. So now, first thing I do when I get in a cab is take a pic of their cabbie-license that they must display on the dashboard, then fire up the GPS. Seems to help once they know I'm not farking around.


you must be a pleasure to be around. good grief.
 
2013-01-20 08:21:23 PM  

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


You, sir, are both a gentleman and a scholar.
 
2013-01-20 08:38:01 PM  

Robert Farker: moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.

If you are trying to be ironic, stop, just stop.


Why? Moo is 100% correct. At this point in time you can pretty much write your own tipping thread, cycling thread, gun thread, etc. This shiat is so predictable any more.
 
2013-01-20 08:51:33 PM  

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


Maybe they were using Apple Maps?
 
2013-01-20 08:53:16 PM  
Want to work for a decent wage? quit accepting tips.
 
2013-01-20 09:02:29 PM  

titwrench: Robert Farker: moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.

If you are trying to be ironic, stop, just stop.

Why? Moo is 100% correct. At this point in time you can pretty much write your own tipping thread, cycling thread, gun thread, etc. This shiat is so predictable any more.



Including the people who whine about how predictable it is...
 
2013-01-20 09:16:08 PM  
If you are using a cab to make a specific trip, and you know the route and how much the fare is on a reasonable day, the next step is to pick a reliable cabbie on one of your trips and ask for his number/card and if he will flat rate you for the trip if you give him your regular business. Most cabbies are happy to pick up the extra income from personal clients, and it means you don't get dicked and there's less potential reason to dick the cabbie on the tip, so everyone stays mellow.

If your regular cabbie is not available, when you call or flag down, have a conversation. If you know the average fare from point A to point B is about $7, you tell the dispatch/driver that you have a 10-spot on you, and the cabbie can keep for himself whatever isn't on the meter when you get there.
 
2013-01-20 09:22:58 PM  

Tax Boy: Last time I took a cab, he got in an accident. I had to stand out in the rain to hail another one, because he was too busy yelling with the other party and to witnesses to call it in on his phone to HQ.

Half the time, they never know where they're going either.

I farking hate taking cabs. Would rather get on the subway and schlep my luggage than deal with this BS.

/US should adopt the London requirement of "The Knowledge"


Yeah, The Knowledge is not to be sniffed at:

All-London drivers' Knowledge is based on learning 320 routes (or runs). This will help them learn the 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks and places of interest in the six mile radius of Charing Cross.It takes between two and four years to pass the All-London Knowledge. Once you are licensed you can work anywhere in the Greater London area.
Also, 25000 streets and 20000 landmarks/POI in a six-mile radius. Crazy.
 
2013-01-20 09:27:41 PM  
PSA - for you farkers going to Vegas and staying on the strip - and I know a lot of you do, anytime the cab heads for the 205 from the airport you're being long-hauled. They should head North to Tropicana, Sahara etc.

/just a PSA
 
2013-01-20 09:30:04 PM  
Ooops - 215. sorry.
 
2013-01-20 09:38:02 PM  

Robert Farker: titwrench: Robert Farker: moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.

If you are trying to be ironic, stop, just stop.

Why? Moo is 100% correct. At this point in time you can pretty much write your own tipping thread, cycling thread, gun thread, etc. This shiat is so predictable any more.


Including the people who whine about how predictable it is...


Says the cock sucking troll with a 7 month old account. Whose alt are you?
 
2013-01-20 09:56:22 PM  

titwrench: Robert Farker: titwrench: Robert Farker: moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.

If you are trying to be ironic, stop, just stop.

Why? Moo is 100% correct. At this point in time you can pretty much write your own tipping thread, cycling thread, gun thread, etc. This shiat is so predictable any more.


Including the people who whine about how predictable it is...

Says the cock sucking troll with a 7 month old account. Whose alt are you?



Sometimes someone gives you exactly what you wanted even when you didn't realize what it was you were looking for.

This is one of those times.

Thank you sir
 
2013-01-20 10:05:58 PM  
I have only taken a cab once in my life. The driver did end up taking a wrong turn onto a one-way street, which forced him to go over a bridge and then circle around through the maze of one-way streets on the other side so he could get back to the side of the river I needed to be on. As soon as he realized his mistake, he turned off the meter and apologized, and left the meter off for half the ride after he'd gotten back to the correct side of the river.

/guess I got one of the good ones
//I tipped him generously
 
2013-01-20 10:13:15 PM  

moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads


That reminds me, how much do people tip cops? I always figured 20% was fair (or at least $5). But you should see the looks some cops give me when I put the money in their hands. Not enough?
 
2013-01-20 10:46:28 PM  

moothemagiccow: Can anyone else name the other FARK threads that are basically one 1,000,000 comment thread?

-Cop threads
-Tipping threads

Seriously you guys come in here and argue about the exact same shiat, have the same prepared remarks every time. It's weird. The only thing that's different is the article and the first four comments.


Don't forget bicyclist threads.
 
2013-01-20 10:49:02 PM  
In college, in a snowstorm I was trying to get to the Philadelphia airport to get home for Christmas. I was running late for the flight and the cabbie took a second fare that was "on the way" He turned the meter off when it got to $4, which he said would have been my fare to the airport if not for the detour. All I had was a $5 bill to my name and had not eaten all day. He was offended that I asked for my change even when I apologized and told him that I needed the money to eat. He said his family had to eat too. I called a cop over and he made the cabbie give me my change. I still like Philadelphia, though.
 
2013-01-20 10:53:24 PM  

wambu: In college, in a snowstorm I was trying to get to the Philadelphia airport to get home for Christmas. I was running late for the flight and the cabbie took a second fare that was "on the way" He turned the meter off when it got to $4, which he said would have been my fare to the airport if not for the detour. All I had was a $5 bill to my name and had not eaten all day. He was offended that I asked for my change even when I apologized and told him that I needed the money to eat. He said his family had to eat too. I called a cop over and he made the cabbie give me my change. I still like Philadelphia, though.


Maybe you shouldn't be taking a cab when you're that broke. Anyways, I hope you realize that your story makes YOU look like the bad guy, not the cabbie.
 
2013-01-20 10:59:05 PM  
Oh ffs.

home.earthlink.net

// G-7
 
2013-01-20 11:04:42 PM  
I remember once i didnt pay a cabbie...

CSB:

This one time i wanted to buy some pot so i went over to my guys place. He was acting edgy and said his guy was comming. 30 mins went by and he got edgier. i was weirded out cause this is in edmonton and its just reefer right? This is just supposed to be a 50 dollar transaction for some weed -- not a stressful time... But anyways he calls a cab and tellms me i can come along. we hop into the back and head into the north end and he starts asking me "if i got his back -- you know -- if we get jumped..." to wich im like... wtf? i havent been in i fight since grade 9 man. but he shrugs and says "dont worry, i got it"...

Well he sees what i find out later is his girlfriend walking on the side of the road and he tells the cabbie to pull over. He gets out and starts just screaming at this poor girl. Hes just calling her out and down and screaming like an asshole at her. i have no idea whats going on. i barely know this guy. -- the cabbie starts mentioning the dude is angry and whats his deal? and all i can do is go "uhh..." so i kept trying to make small talk with this old somalian guy about how long hes been working and how he likes it and everything when a white car pulls up to my dealer and the girl. My guy starts yelling at the guy in the car and then it happens.

He pulls a pistol out and aims it right through the white cars window. I nearly crapped myself when i saw the gun come out. And then the cabbie ordered my ass out of the vehicle. And i did NOT want to get out.. I told him we hadn't payed and to just farking hold on and then he started screaming at me to get out of his cab. He told me to get out in a voice that implied he was going to beat me with a wrench if i didn't.

The white car sped off pulled around and tried to run the guy i was with over and we walked home from a very crappy part of town while the guy yelled at his lady and smacked her around. (i stayed a few blocks back and i could hear her crying and him yelling at her) When we got back i was just going to grab my bike and continue on home but his girl who he had just beat up insisted i come up and get my weed.

When we got up stairs he tossed me the stuff and i gave him the money and i heard her say -- "WHAT?? THE fark? YOU MAKE HIM GO THROUGH ALL THAT shiat AND YOUR NOT GOING TO GIVE HIME EXTRA???" then she tossed me a dime bag i said thanks and left.

And never called that phone number again. But yeah -- if someone you are with pulls a gun your cabbie will likely comp your ride.

\I felt so guilty that i didnt do anything to stop what was going on. I't takes shiat like that to make you realize you have to take a stand against it. because as scary as it is the guilt is worse.
\\ i met the girl on the lrt a few years later. I recognized her and appologized and she strangely appologized to me and said she found a guy that turned her life around. She seemed happy and such and i felt better.
\\\still feel guilty. imhd hand guns carried by crazy people take the fire out of your belly pretty fast.
\\\\csb
 
2013-01-20 11:20:11 PM  

Farxist Marxist: PSA - for you farkers going to Vegas and staying on the strip - and I know a lot of you do, anytime the cab heads for the 205 from the airport you're being long-hauled. They should head North to Tropicana, Sahara etc.

/just a PSA


This. You have to tell them NOT to take the tunnel (they'll know what you mean). They should take the airport exit to Tropicana, if you're on the strip.

Unless you're staying on Fremont street - then take the tunnel.

//more PSA
 
2013-01-20 11:26:41 PM  
Last time I used a taxi was 2 months ago I was shiat-faced, racked up a $30 fare, spilled potato chips all over the backseat in his cab, then realized I had NO money when I arrived at my destination
 
2013-01-21 12:28:53 AM  
My tip is based on how much air we catch and how close to other cars we split lanes.

www.hardcoregaming101.net
 
2013-01-21 12:37:49 AM  

st1cky: Last time I used a taxi was 2 months ago I was shiat-faced, racked up a $30 fare, spilled potato chips all over the backseat in his cab, then realized I had NO money when I arrived at my destination


So did you shiat in the back seat?
 
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