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stinkynuts

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Was coming home from my trip to Thailand. Wanted to use Uber but could not locate the pick up point at the airport, so used a cab.

Right from the beginning things were off. He opened the trunk and didn't help with my luggage. I put it in myself. As I approached to driver side rear door, he barked "other side" and pointed to the passenger side rear door. I'm thinking he thinks I have Corona virus and wants me as far from him as possible.

He asks bluntly, "Where did you go?" I say "Thailand." "Where are you from?" "I'm Japanese."

A while later, he says, "You're paying cash!" I say, "huh"? "CASH!" I don't want to make a big deal out of it so I say, "Whatever works for you, cash is okay with me."

He then asks where I live. I say Surrey. He says, "Then why I am I driving you to Richmond?" I said, "I parked my car there." He then went on to complain that this was a short ride and that he will have to deal with it.

When we arrived, he didn't tell me how much. I asked about the meter and he said that it was a flat rate, so the meter wasn't on. I asked how much, and he said $25. I know this is a rip off. It's supposed to be $20.

The guy was Indian and he was so fucking rude and shady. Ruined my return to Canada big time.
 

masterblaster

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You only paid 25 bucks for a cab ride and you’re whining about it? Time to suck it up I would say.
 

CanineCowboy

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I don't know if I am just lucky, but more than 90% of my taxi/collectivo/tuktuk/tricycle/jeepney experiences around the world are great! I tend to think that the complainers are more often just the kind of people that don't respect service industry workers, so there shitty experience is more a reflection of their own personality and how they interact with people.

Side note - unless you have some kind of physical challenge, you should be able to put your own bag in the trunk, I do it all the time, and a driver is just that, they aren't your porter.
 

Cock Throppled

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Thing that bothers me mostid if driver is on the phone the whole journey. Worse if it's a foreign language.

It got so bad, that I warned drivers when we started, that I wouldn't tolerate it, and I'd demand to be let out, and refuse to pay if they goto their phone.
 

stinkynuts

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I don't know if I am just lucky, but more than 90% of my taxi/collectivo/tuktuk/tricycle/jeepney experiences around the world are great! I tend to think that the complainers are more often just the kind of people that don't respect service industry workers, so there shitty experience is more a reflection of their own personality and how they interact with people.

Side note - unless you have some kind of physical challenge, you should be able to put your own bag in the trunk, I do it all the time, and a driver is just that, they aren't your porter.
Absolutely wrong on this one. I am very generous and understanding, and go out of my way to treat service workers with the utomost respect since I worked in these jobs for many years. I greet them, always make eye contact, and say thanks, have a nice day, etc. I tip extremely generously especially to those who make the least such as hotel workers.

However, I have had many rude encounters with people who have zero customer service skills, and this cab driver was one of them.

As for the baggage, in the past almost every single driver has offered to help me. I end up putting it in myself anyway, but this guy didn't even offer. I think most cab drivers do offer to help load your luggage. But that is just one of the many things that he did that made the trip unpleasant.
 

stinkynuts

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Thing that bothers me mostid if driver is on the phone the whole journey. Worse if it's a foreign language.

It got so bad, that I warned drivers when we started, that I wouldn't tolerate it, and I'd demand to be let out, and refuse to pay if they goto their phone.
Same exact thing happned to me on my last taxi ride. The guy was literally yelling on his phone the entire trip in a foreign language. I brought it up at the end of the trip, and he apologized.
 

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You only paid 25 bucks for a cab ride and you’re whining about it? Time to suck it up I would say.
LOL are you serious? You're the reason why cab drivers keep getting away with shit attitude and terrible service. It clearly wasn't just about the money in this case. He was being discriminated against. It's no wonder they're suing Uber and Lyft - these companies are a huge threat to their livelihood and "fixed rates".
 

stinkynuts

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LOL are you serious? You're the reason why cab drivers keep getting away with shit attitude and terrible service. It clearly wasn't just about the money in this case. He was being discriminated against. It's no wonder they're suing Uber and Lyft - these companies are a huge threat to their livelihood and "fixed rates".
Yes, he overcharged me and took advantage of me. The $5 extra is nothing to me, but it's about the principle. The guy treated me like shit, maybe because of my race. My experiences with Uber are much better.
 

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I don't know if I am just lucky, but more than 90% of my taxi/collectivo/tuktuk/tricycle/jeepney experiences around the world are great! I tend to think that the complainers are more often just the kind of people that don't respect service industry workers, so there shitty experience is more a reflection of their own personality and how they interact with people.

Side note - unless you have some kind of physical challenge, you should be able to put your own bag in the trunk, I do it all the time, and a driver is just that, they aren't your porter.
I get the feeling this might be privilege speaking. I've been ripped off, misdirected and mistreated 90% of my rides with cabs. That's *if* they decide to pick me up. There's no guarantee of that no matter how far ahead you schedule. To take it a step further, go talk to some of the ladies in your life about their Vancouver taxi experience and see if you can find one that doesn't have a sketchy story about unwanted advances, feeling unsafe about giving them their home addresses, or just plan over the top being rude.
 
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LOL! Airport Cab drivers are like the $500 hookers that get ticked off you only want the lowest cost option and they are losing out on a “good” client by wasting their valuable time with you.

Those are the guys you turn on your cell phone video recorder, phone up an Uber during your trip to pick you up from the cab after a $5 ride and say you are going to Abbotsford.
 

rlock

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Was coming home from my trip to Thailand. Wanted to use Uber but could not locate the pick up point at the airport, so used a cab.

Right from the beginning things were off. He opened the trunk and didn't help with my luggage. I put it in myself. As I approached to driver side rear door, he barked "other side" and pointed to the passenger side rear door. I'm thinking he thinks I have Corona virus and wants me as far from him as possible.

He asks bluntly, "Where did you go?" I say "Thailand." "Where are you from?" "I'm Japanese."

A while later, he says, "You're paying cash!" I say, "huh"? "CASH!" I don't want to make a big deal out of it so I say, "Whatever works for you, cash is okay with me."

He then asks where I live. I say Surrey. He says, "Then why I am I driving you to Richmond?" I said, "I parked my car there." He then went on to complain that this was a short ride and that he will have to deal with it.

When we arrived, he didn't tell me how much. I asked about the meter and he said that it was a flat rate, so the meter wasn't on. I asked how much, and he said $25. I know this is a rip off. It's supposed to be $20.

The guy was Indian and he was so fucking rude and shady. Ruined my return to Canada big time.

$25 to Richmond? ...


OK, I checked and in here are the rates for July 2019 onwards.

https://www.ptboard.bc.ca/documents/Metro-Vancouver-Rates-Rule.pdf

There's both a list (with additional rules) and a map.

This isn't hidden info; should be available at the airport somewhere near the cabs.
 

badbadboy

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I've encountered so many rude taxi drivers that it's the main reason I do not support the taxis and prefer Uber or Lyft.

One argued over a preferred route to take to the N Shore. Whatever, it effected his tip.

Another pulled over for me to go to an ATM since he wanted cash and no cards.

Rating the drivers and customers on Uber and Lyft is a great idea. Taxi's would benefit by keeping their rude drivers in line.
 

chico1

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Was coming home from my trip to Thailand. Wanted to use Uber but could not locate the pick up point at the airport, so used a cab.

Right from the beginning things were off. He opened the trunk and didn't help with my luggage. I put it in myself. As I approached to driver side rear door, he barked "other side" and pointed to the passenger side rear door. I'm thinking he thinks I have Corona virus and wants me as far from him as possible.

He asks bluntly, "Where did you go?" I say "Thailand." "Where are you from?" "I'm Japanese."

A while later, he says, "You're paying cash!" I say, "huh"? "CASH!" I don't want to make a big deal out of it so I say, "Whatever works for you, cash is okay with me."

He then asks where I live. I say Surrey. He says, "Then why I am I driving you to Richmond?" I said, "I parked my car there." He then went on to complain that this was a short ride and that he will have to deal with it.

When we arrived, he didn't tell me how much. I asked about the meter and he said that it was a flat rate, so the meter wasn't on. I asked how much, and he said $25. I know this is a rip off. It's supposed to be $20.

The guy was Indian and he was so fucking rude and shady. Ruined my return to Canada big time.
Just get the Uber or Lyft next time.
 

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I've been reading through this thread.....I know this might be hard to believe but ,I don't think I've ever been in a cab, just shuttles from airports.
If I'm on vacation abroad, and don't rent a car, I'll hire a driver with a luxury car to drive me around for the day, as they also become unofficial tour guides.
 

marsvolta

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vancouver cab drivers are becoming some of the worst in the western world. if i had a dollar for the number of times they complained about short trips, wanted cash, whatever. the cash thing is a whole no-tax scam to begin with. i pay with visa only. to the OP, next time you get told that the meter wasn't running then assume it was a free ride. i've complained to cab companies about drivers refusing anything but cash only to be told that that driver wasn't working that night. they share cars with friends and family who attempt to get cash fares at the airport off company time. one thing that does work in the best interest of the customer... when you get offered a cash fare lower than whats on the meter. i have taken that option time to time.
 

westwoody

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I got ripped off by a white driver in Calgary last summer.

We were staying at the hotel village on 16th Ave NW. Got cab at the airport and the guy went a couple of miles out of the way to jack up the fare. Up Center St and back down 14th NW. He assumed we were tourists who didn't know our way around but we had both lived there.
When I got back to Winnipeg I got a cab home. Fare was about $35. I gave the guy a fifty and he fucked off without giving me change or a receipt. Fucker! I not only got ripped off I couldn't claim the expense.
Airport cabs are def predators.
No wonder they cried about that Canada Line to the airport!
Cabbies in WPG tried to stop transit from going to the airport, but it's there now.
 

stinkynuts

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$25 to Richmond? ...


OK, I checked and in here are the rates for July 2019 onwards.

https://www.ptboard.bc.ca/documents/Metro-Vancouver-Rates-Rule.pdf

There's both a list (with additional rules) and a map.

This isn't hidden info; should be available at the airport somewhere near the cabs.
Agreed. It was a very short trip and should have been 19 or 20 dollars. He committed fraud and stole $5 from me effectively. It's not the money that matters, but the principle. If a cashier shortchanged your $5, they would be fired.
 

stinkynuts

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LOL! Airport Cab drivers are like the $500 hookers that get ticked off you only want the lowest cost option and they are losing out on a “good” client by wasting their valuable time with you.

Those are the guys you turn on your cell phone video recorder, phone up an Uber during your trip to pick you up from the cab after a $5 ride and say you are going to Abbotsford.
LOL. I really wish I had done that to this driver. Next time.