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2013-02-13 04:17:10 PM
Cab in Vancouver once tried to rip me off. I was on my phone in the back seat and when I looked up it was like "where the fark are you taking me? Why are we on this bridge and not that one (pointing) over there!?"

After a second error I told him to turn off the meter because I wasn't paying any more than what it read. Told him that, yes I was attending a convention downtown but that the pass around my neck didnt mean I was a tourist who he could rip off. "Take me home for what shows on the meter now or I start writing letters to your boss and the provincial taxi licensing agency." He did what I said.

(For those who know the city - going from Sutton Place hotel to Kits Point. Cabbie took Granville bridge and then went up to Broadway where he took a right and then another right turn all the way down Arbutus)

/csb
 
2013-02-13 04:44:07 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Cab in Vancouver once tried to rip me off. I was on my phone in the back seat and when I looked up it was like "where the fark are you taking me? Why are we on this bridge and not that one (pointing) over there!?"

After a second error I told him to turn off the meter because I wasn't paying any more than what it read. Told him that, yes I was attending a convention downtown but that the pass around my neck didnt mean I was a tourist who he could rip off. "Take me home for what shows on the meter now or I start writing letters to your boss and the provincial taxi licensing agency." He did what I said.

(For those who know the city - going from Sutton Place hotel to Kits Point. Cabbie took Granville bridge and then went up to Broadway where he took a right and then another right turn all the way down Arbutus)

/csb



I took a cab from the Vancouver airport to my hotel downtown one time and the cabbie went some crazy way through alleys, parking lots, and business driveways. I thought he was going to rip us off (or kill us), but he ended up getting us there faster and cheaper than the other cabs. Crazy farking cabbies.
 
2013-02-13 04:47:53 PM
I would call the Fist of Goodness

Oh I thought you said cable, not cabbie
 
2013-02-13 04:47:54 PM
Does this apply to cab drivers in Italy? My god. . .
 
2013-02-13 04:50:21 PM
I too had a Canadian cab driver rip me off.  I went from Toronto to the airport.  I didn't feel like doing the currenc conversion in my head, at the time I think it was $.75 C = $1 A.  Once we got the airport, asked how much I owed him in American dollars.  "Oh, it's the same."

"Oh, is it?!  You just lost your tip."
 
2013-02-13 05:11:27 PM
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"I'd never rip you off Snake! Honest. "
 
2013-02-13 05:31:03 PM
cdn.bleacherreport.net
 
2013-02-13 05:33:40 PM
CSB for cabbie rip off attempt (well, lame story I guess)

I was a traveling consultant who was based in Houston. On a trip back from Chicago, I took a cab home from IAH in Houston. While on the phone, I noticed the guy was taking a *really* long way back to my place.

I asked him why he was going this way, and he said it was the fastest way there. I told him, "You know I *live* in Houston right?", and he apologized and turned off the meter.
 
2013-02-13 05:42:49 PM
So what is the number to call when the cabbie is ripped off by customers (aka "jumpers")?  Don't tell me it's 911, since Detroit police tell me that it is a "civil" complaint, and won't make a report.

/sold the cab, thank Gawd
//kept the ice cream bike
 
2013-02-13 06:13:54 PM
I keep the Nevada Taxi Authority on my speeddial when I go to Vegas. If you fly in and the cabbie takes the tunnel & freeway to go to a strip or downtown hotel, you are being longhauled. Call the Authority on the way, then refuse to pay until they get there. Odds are the taxi will just leave without money. Hey! Free Ride!

Had one try to take the freeway from Fremont Street to Caesar's. I called him on it and all the sudden he barely spoke English. No tip for him!
 
2013-02-13 06:56:17 PM

SSpiffy: I keep the Nevada Taxi Authority on my speeddial when I go to Vegas. If you fly in and the cabbie takes the tunnel & freeway to go to a strip or downtown hotel, you are being longhauled. Call the Authority on the way, then refuse to pay until they get there. Odds are the taxi will just leave without money. Hey! Free Ride!

Had one try to take the freeway from Fremont Street to Caesar's. I called him on it and all the sudden he barely spoke English. No tip for him!


Yup, although the one time a taxi took me on the freeway I didn't bother with the taxi authority as we were already quite tired.  Since it was a longer run I simply paid what I would have normally and pointed out to him why his tip was tiny.

Idiot, when I give you cross streets out on the edge of town (and with no nearby hotels) and say I'll direct him in when we get there shouldn't it be obvious that I'm a local who knows the correct way to go???  He griped and said I should have said something at the time but once the driver has turned for the tunnel what's the point?  You're not going to be able to turn around without adding about as much distance as the freeway does.  McCarren isn't friendly to drivers who take a wrong turn!
 
2013-02-13 07:25:49 PM
www.yellowcabnyc.com
 
2013-02-13 07:55:14 PM
Tokyo in 1953 - I could not remember where the train station was so I called a cab.
The cabbie took me right to station which was less than a block away and told me "no charge".
He got $5 tip.
 
2013-02-13 09:09:26 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: yes I was attending a convention downtown but that the pass around my neck didnt mean I was a tourist who he could rip off.


This is why you don't wear a con badge outside the con.
 
2013-02-13 11:34:39 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Cab in Vancouver once tried to rip me off. I was on my phone in the back seat and when I looked up it was like "where the fark are you taking me? Why are we on this bridge and not that one (pointing) over there!?"

After a second error I told him to turn off the meter because I wasn't paying any more than what it read. Told him that, yes I was attending a convention downtown but that the pass around my neck didnt mean I was a tourist who he could rip off. "Take me home for what shows on the meter now or I start writing letters to your boss and the provincial taxi licensing agency." He did what I said.

(For those who know the city - going from Sutton Place hotel to Kits Point. Cabbie took Granville bridge and then went up to Broadway where he took a right and then another right turn all the way down Arbutus)

/csb


Scumbag canadians for you. What those frostbacks will do for a dollar....
 
2013-02-14 12:31:59 AM
i read that as cable, & got excited.
 
2013-02-14 04:22:59 PM

durbnpoisn: I too had a Canadian cab driver rip me off.  I went from Toronto to the airport.  I didn't feel like doing the currenc conversion in my head, at the time I think it was $.75 C = $1 A.  Once we got the airport, asked how much I owed him in American dollars.  "Oh, it's the same."

"Oh, is it?!  You just lost your tip."


So he tried to give you a better deal, and you refused a tip for it? ;)
 
2013-02-14 05:45:16 PM

geekbikerskum: This is why you don't wear a con badge outside the con.


I know.  It was one of those "I've had this around my neck all day and forgot I was wearing it" moments.  Also, as noted in my first (filter) post, I was on the phone and not paying attention.

Neither of these should be an invitation to rip me off, though.
 
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