Maryland State Taxi Complaint - Short Distance Trip Shouldn't Be Expensive

Review by writer85 on 2009-11-17
I get charged $15 for a short distance. I feel ripped off. One thing BWI could learn from Mexico is cab service should be cheaper. Nobody should have to feel ripped off if they have to take the cab a lot. In a few months, I hope to take a voucher instead.
Comments:13 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-11-19
Posted by BEJ on 2009-11-17:
Taxi rides are generally expensive no matter where you are.
Posted by Josh on 2009-11-17:
I agree with AlleyS, how far did you travel and how long did it take? Along with that, how much did you pay?

Also, it kind of makes sense that a taxi in Mexico would be cheaper than at an airport in the US.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-17:
A taxi ride is like taking a cruise, its a ripoff. By the way Mexico prices are cheap because everything there is cheap. DC and Mexico cannot be compared.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-17:
How is taking a cruise a ripoff?
Posted by Pepper on 2009-11-17:
O god. DC vs Mexico??

Are you serious?

Back on my first ship the Suppo (Supply Officer) gave the ship a lecture on going to Mexico before the ship pulled in to San Diego.

The advice was to always keep your money in several locations - so if you get mugged they don't get all of it at once and might miss some.

If you get arrested, to ask the cop "how much" for the "fine". Yes. Bribe them. it's cheaper than going to jail.

Five bucks should be enough to use for drinking (tho this was back in 97).

And a "fine" might run you about 40 or so (again back in 97).

You think you can get more than one drink (if even one) in DC for $5?
Or that you can easily bribe your way out of an arrest?

Posted by spiderman2 on 2009-11-17:
there is no comparision to being in a cab in Maryland and a cab in Mexico. The biggest difference is that in Maryland you probably having a 99% chance of living through the experience and in Mexico you have a 99% change of dying! How exactly are you going to take a voucher? I never saw a voucher that could drive.
Posted by David on 2009-11-17:
Mexico regulates cabs from the airport and they are easily two or three times what they are going back to the airport. Your comments aren't based on reality and should not be taken seriously.
Posted by Starlord on 2009-11-19:
My wife and I both drove cabs, her in Arizona and me in Indiana, New Mexico and Arizona. We bought a vehicle and used it, and can tell you the fares for cabs is not a rip-off. If you had to pay for a commercial license, commercial registration, commercial insurance, on top of the normal maintenance on the vehicle, caused by hauling around numbskulls who act like total aborigines, treating the cab like a trash can, urinating on themsleves and the car seats when they are on their way home after a night of boozing, and then seldom having the fare. We have people who run us far out of the area, and get upset when we ask for the fare ahead of time, for the poeple who do that, then run on us when we get them to their destination. I have an idea. Why don't you drive a hack for about 6 months, then come back and tell us it is a rip-off. Pukes like you make me sick, moaning and complaining about the high cost of cab fare. It is like you think the cab companies and drivers, make fortunes and don't have to pay out outrageous amounts just for the ability to work. As I so often say here, learn some facts before you start running down businesses you have no idea what it cost to operate. No cabbie ever got rich pushing a hack, and then having to put up with people with an attitude like you, and it does show through, you may think you are being pleasant, but we can see it on your face that you think we are robbers, when in reality, it is you ripping us off.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-11-19:
And 15 is not outrageous
where i use to live in VA that was the about the fare from my apt to the air port, including tip.

you wanna see expensive?
go to guam. the prices there are insane
(and sometimes the cabbies fudge with the meters too)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-19:
I been on a few cab rides were they took the long way instead of the shortcut to get to the destination I was going to just to increase the fare.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-11-19:
i've had that happen to - but in foreign countries.

i've only had that happen once in the states
cos the driver was convinced the street i lived on was some other street with the same name - as if i hadn't driven home every day from 3 years - and waddayaknow i was right

luckily it wasn't too far out of my way but ... i decided, after that, to really put my foot down if anyone tried to pull that crap again

but it never happened
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-19:
If they rip you of and take the long rout, don’t give them a tip it will hurt them in the long run.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-11-19:
I'll never forget a friend telling me of being in Vegas years ago along with some of his pals. They were unfamilar with Vegas and wanted to experience every place downtown that had been recommended beforehand. The group came piling out of one place, flagged down a cab and told the cabbie where they wanted to go. He told them to hop in, made a U-turn and came to a halt across the street. That one is still funny to me.

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