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TSAX
01-02-2013, 23:55
I know in some foreign countries some taxi's will try and scam you (switch bills, run up meters, rob you, etc).

A report in San Francisco revealed taxi drivers were playing games, texting and even falling asleep behind the wheel.

"One passenger even complained that the driver offered a fare discount if she would make out with her friend." :supergrin:


http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/01/02/report-finds-sleeping-drivers-bed-bugs-among-sf-taxi-complaints/






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NorthCarolinaLiberty
01-03-2013, 00:19
I drove a cab for a short time. What a piece of crap job. One time I got the real piece of **** car. I mashed the gas to the floor and it topped out at 35mph. Another time the dispatcher threatened to call the law because we disagreed about the take that night.

It was mostly poor people that you picked up from the grocery. No tips. Not even a food stamp dollar. Went out about ten times and said screw this. Never got robbed though, so I guess it was a good experience.

Calico Jack
01-03-2013, 00:25
I know in some foreign countries some taxi's will try and scam you (switch bills, run up meters, rob you, etc).

A report in San Francisco revealed taxi drivers were playing games, texting and even falling asleep behind the wheel.

"One passenger even complained that the driver offered a fare discount if she would make out with her friend." :supergrin:


http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/01/02/report-finds-sleeping-drivers-bed-bugs-among-sf-taxi-complaints/






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My one and only taxi experience was pretty entertaining. I had just stepped off of my first flight...ever (it also happened to be cross country:faint:) and I was excited to piss away all of my money in the Vegas casinos. Well the lady and I hop in one of these taxis and of course I was the idiot that chose the seat behind the driver. This guy was at least 6'2 and every bit of 350 lbs and I could count the pores on the back of this mans neck he was so close. Well he starts out with the normal line of questioning about where we're from and blah, blah, blah. Then I learn that this man was a professional boxer, radio DJ, and he knew at least 10 different celebs on a first name basis. Things got real interesting when he asked if we (the lady and I) were planning on getting a hooker or hitting up one of the sex clubs (at least he recommended that I consider heading out of Clark County if I wanted a hooker).

Annhl8rX
01-03-2013, 00:30
I bet I've been in a cab less than five times. That includes a couple of times in Mexico, and a couple of times in NYC. None of my rides have been memorable in a positive or negative way.

bigchuck83
01-03-2013, 00:31
i've used a taxi a few times when going out to a bar or concert so that i would not need to worry about drinking. always tipped the drivers. drivers were always friendly.

Folsom_Prison
01-03-2013, 00:35
I went to cancun years ago, many folks said not to take the taxi, they would try to rip you off so I didn't test it.


The last time I took a taxi was about a year and a half ago. I went to the bar, things went south quick lol. Chick I met there did me a favor and called the taxi because I couldn't operate an iPhone.

The guy helped the lady friend carry me to the car but dropped me off a block and a half from home.....:rofl:

Not sure if that was on purpose or accident lol.

kirgi08
01-03-2013, 00:49
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jtmac
01-03-2013, 01:04
I lived my life thus far in the sorts of small-to-medium-sized-city-and-suburban-surroundings where the only taxis that exist are the ones you call to schedule an appointment with at some later point in the day.

I've yet to have a bad experience with that sort.

I've been in a LOT of cabs in South America, though, from motorcycle taxis to cars that look like they were built out of tuna cans. You alternate from fearing the traffic that isn't your cab to fearing that your cab will explode.

Other than the worrying, though, I've yet to have a bad experience with that sort, either.

larry_minn
01-03-2013, 02:51
Some good, one excellent, some "I got there".
As others said. Where you call ahead/schedual a pickup I have always gotten above average rides. Often they send a nice car/leather seat caddy.... But charge normal rates. (tips don't hurt)
I have a relative's place I leave my car when I have to fly. (so I know aprox costs. Last time I got a mini van. Driver wanted legal MJ and guns outlawed. :0 (he still got a tip)
When I have waved one down.... All I can say is I made it.

JLe˛dhas
01-03-2013, 03:09
I have only been in one taxi in my life and that was in NYC at Times Square. I was on my senior year trip and three of us got a cab and road around for about an hour, had a blast.

deadcalm4u
01-03-2013, 03:19
I was on Taxi Cab Confessions in Vegas, not sure if good or bad but the ride was free:rofl:

TSAX
01-03-2013, 07:33
I was on Taxi Cab Confessions in Vegas, not sure if good or bad but the ride was free:rofl:

Video link .........:supergrin:







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cowboywannabe
01-03-2013, 07:40
its when you get in the back seat and you slide all the way across the seat because its slippery...ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

jay-bird
01-03-2013, 07:47
Vegas: cab from airport to MGM Grand. From the moment the driver hears I'm heading to he strip, she starts a racist tirade on Asians. My wife is Asian. No tip for you.

NYC: cab from uptown to Madison Square Garden. About two blocks from MSG the cabbie turns LEFT from the far RIGHT lane. He got pulled over. The cop told us to leave the cab without paying.

Dennis in MA
01-03-2013, 08:38
I was on Taxi Cab Confessions in Vegas, not sure if good or bad but the ride was free:rofl:

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HexHead
01-03-2013, 08:41
Back in 1980, I drove a cab at night in NYC. What do you think my experiences were?

Rancher
01-03-2013, 08:57
Vegas cab ride, running late for a shuttle and got screwed with a $50 charge from strip to airport. Did not have time to argue. Next trip talked to the "taxi police" who told me to take a pic of the guy and tell them I'd turn them in if they screwed with me with the fare. Now it only costs about $20 for same trip. Told one driver I was gonna video the route he took. Made for a nice short ride. Guy who screwed me took me on one long ride.

Cancun taxi's used to be cheap and honest now I take the bus. Last time wife and I got in a cab there the guy asked if we wanted to go to a gentlemans club, we said no. He then asked if we wanted some pot, we said no. The he said how about some cocaine which we also declined! He also offered meth and started in a direction I did not know and we had him pull over and took a bus back to our hotel.

Rancher

Dennis in MA
01-03-2013, 09:08
Back in 1980, I drove a cab at night in NYC. What do you think my experiences were?

So. Is Elaine that hot in person, too?

kiole
01-03-2013, 09:08
My roommate decided it would be a good idea to get drunk with a taxi driver, guy came in and stole all his stuff...

LSUAdman
01-03-2013, 09:21
Can't say I have had a lot of possitive experiences with taxis. After several rude and obnoxious a-hole drivers, I have sworn off them as best I can.

The worst was on my honeymoon - we had just flown into Vegas, and my wife had never been. Up until that time I had great taxi experiences in the city. We get this South African - he didnt load out bags, just popped the trunk. Car didnt have any upholstry left, windows didnt work and the AC was out. It felt like an oven in that Las Vegas heat.

He then starts to tell us that we should have come the prior week - the local cabby union held a protests where they parked all along the main roads and just parked. Said they had delayed flights and travel for hours. He was so happy about it.

We get to the hotel and he doesnt even help us unload out bags - luckily the porters were more than helpful. I pay him and give him all of a dollar tip, which I thought was pretty generous after that horrid trip.

As I am BSing with the porters, he comes up to me screaming and starts kicking our bags over, irrate that he only got one dollar tip. He's screaming, threatening to hit me, etc. Well I lose my temper and start screaming back. In an act of stupidity, I took $5 out of my pocket and throw it behind his car to get him away.

Luckily, and thankfully, one of the porters jumps into his cab and parks his car on the street, the cabby running after him. I ended up tipping those two porters about $20 each for the event, and made sure to give them something extra every time I saw them during the trip.

Since then I've avoided taxis as best I can. I either call for a town car if money allows, walk if possible, take an airport/hotel bus, or use mass transit if no other means presents itself.

kiole
01-03-2013, 09:21
I also got the Vegas circle jerk on the way to the airport..

uptomyneck
01-03-2013, 09:26
I left my wallet in the back of a "honcho" in Okinawa once. I had just cashed my measly paycheck and was sick about it. That is until the front gate called my office and told them that the driver found it and dropped it off with all the money still in it.

Altaris
01-03-2013, 09:28
I bet I've been in a cab less than five times. That includes a couple of times in Mexico, and a couple of times in NYC. None of my rides have been memorable in a positive or negative way.


That is basically me as well. I have been in maybe 5 or so in my entire life. They were all so uneventful that I can't remember a single thing about them.

janice6
01-03-2013, 09:38
Back in 1980, I drove a cab at night in NYC. What do you think my experiences were?



In NYC, "Taxi", driver. I saw that movie.

joeshmow
01-03-2013, 09:42
I drove a cab for a short time. What a piece of crap job. One time I got the real piece of **** car. I mashed the gas to the floor and it topped out at 35mph. Another time the dispatcher threatened to call the law because we disagreed about the take that night.

It was mostly poor people that you picked up from the grocery. No tips. Not even a food stamp dollar. Went out about ten times and said screw this. Never got robbed though, so I guess it was a good experience.

Ha ha - similar experience here. Crap job. I don't like working for tips. Also, I wasn't trying to cheat people, I just kept getting lost, so they thought I was trying to cheat them. I had some interesting experiences, though.

JohnBT
01-03-2013, 10:30
I've had good/neutral experiences with cabs. Except one...

Years ago in the Bahamas I was in a cab with some nearly drunk fishermen. We were headed back to the hotel from a nice restaurant across the island. The driver wanted to know if we wanted some primo tequila that his brother could get. Whatever. We went and bought some.

After getting back in the cab things got strange. The next thing I knew, the driver says for somebody to start steering and he bends down in the front seat and starts doing lines of coke. The guy behind him reached over the seat and grabbed the wheel. We weren't doing but maybe 35 mph, but it was just stupid.

John

JMS
01-03-2013, 10:34
I got bumped off a flight to West Palm Beach when the plane made a planned stop in Orlando. They realized after I got bumped that I was below 18 years old (many years back), because of this they could not put me up in a hotel room and had to get me to my destination. The airline paid for a cab ride from Orlando to West Palm Beach, I remember the reaction when we were at the taxi stand, asking if anyone is looking for an 'out of area' fare, when people starting asking where, etc all you could here was laughter. I think the cab ride ended up about $500.

IndyGunFreak
01-03-2013, 10:58
I've only been on 1, when I was 16 (about 15yrs ago). Oddly enough, I was in Drivers Ed, and during the whole 2 week class, it was the one day I didn't have a ride home..lol. I don't remember anything particularly bad about the ride. The driver was friendly enough, I do remember he asked me if smoke bothered me (he was smoking a cig).

So I guess, yeah... I've had a good taxi experience

IGF

TSAX
01-03-2013, 11:24
I left my wallet in the back of a "honcho" in Okinawa once. I had just cashed my measly paycheck and was sick about it. That is until the front gate called my office and told them that the driver found it and dropped it off with all the money still in it.

Thats an awesome story, all professions have their good and bad people. I lost a cell phone in a cab once and the driver brought it back, he got a good tip.







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NeverMore1701
01-03-2013, 11:30
I don't think I've ever been sober enough to remember anything about a taxi.

NW-Warlord
01-03-2013, 16:24
I had the cab ride from hell in Dubai. The cabbie was an iranian ex-militant of sorts, from what I could understand. He was not a fan of Americans. Heading through the free trade zone he was driving the car to the speed limiter (100kph IIRC) around the roundabouts dodging semi trucks. The entire time he was saying some sort of prayer. Scared the crap out of me, thought I was going to die that day.

jpa
01-03-2013, 16:53
The things I've heard about cab rides....I could fill a book.

ColdSteelNail
01-03-2013, 21:28
I've only used cabs in DC and New York. I've never been scammed but I don't think I ever got in one that didn't stink.

briarpatch
01-04-2013, 02:42
Told the same story on another thread here.In the early 1970's A buddy and I caught a taxi outside of High point NC. We had been thumbing and was give out. Saw an old phone booth and called a taxi decided we would just go to town. A taxi came out and took us into town pulled down a dark alley between two cop cars so close we could not open the doors and took all our money. Told us to leave town and not come back, walking again but glad to be able to.
A taxi is something you use when every mule, donkey, horse, dog, car etc. is dead or broke and you cant walk or crawl.

larry_minn
01-04-2013, 13:28
Told the same story on another thread here.In the early 1970's A buddy and I caught a taxi outside of High point NC. We had been thumbing and was give out. Saw an old phone booth and called a taxi decided we would just go to town. A taxi came out and took us into town pulled down a dark alley between two cop cars so close we could not open the doors and took all our money. Told us to leave town and not come back, walking again but glad to be able to.
A taxi is something you use when every mule, donkey, horse, dog, car etc. is dead or broke and you cant walk or crawl.

Do I read this right? YOu were in NC (North Carolina?) in 70s, you call a cab, they take you into alley where they have TWO POLICE CARS that block you in back of cab. The Officers, cab driver, took your money and ran you out of town?
Reminds me of a movie.