Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

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Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

Postby buffybot_in_beirut » Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:32 pm

The title of this branch says it’s about taxi drivers. Yes these thieving bastards who are the one element that will wreck your vacation every single time with absolute certainty and predictability, wherever in the DP world you go.

Or not. In the last couple of shitholes I’ve been to no taxi vehicle looked more than one or two years old. For years I haven’t been in a taxi that had no AC, and most had GPS. A week ago my taxi in Iraq had fuckin’ video screens in the headrests like business class seats on Emirates! I am getting into unmetered (!) taxis without agreeing on the fare in advance (that is normally like signing your own death sentence). Upon arrival at my destination I hand over a large (!) banknote and the taxi driver not only has lots of change but actually charges me not a penny more than the regular, legitimate fare paid by locals.

Please restore my faith in humanity. Anno Domini 2013, are there any places left with REAL taxi drivers? 20-year-old rattling rust buckets whose doors have wire instead of hinges? Chain-smoking, barefoot drivers who overcharge you 20 to 50 times if you are lucky, rob you if you’re not? Taxis where you would never dream of keeping your luggage (no matter how big) anywhere but on your lap?
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Re: Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

Postby nowonmai » Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:08 am

Washington where none of them know the way and expect you to navigate.

London where unlicensed Asian taxi drivers might rape you if you're female and if you're female, homeless and retarded then they'll put you on the game and share you with their mates.

I never have problems in the third world because they know that random violence doesn't always go their way.
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Re: Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

Postby Osiris » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:47 pm

China. Holy fuck I hate Chinese taxi drivers. The cars are all shitacular and the drivers are all one step above retarded.
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Re: Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

Postby Kurt » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:28 am

nowonmai wrote:Washington where none of them know the way and expect you to navigate.

London where unlicensed Asian taxi drivers might rape you if you're female and if you're female, homeless and retarded then they'll put you on the game and share you with their mates.

I never have problems in the third world because they know that random violence doesn't always go their way.


NYC is the same way. But here sometimes even if you know the way they refuse to believe you and go another way.
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Re: Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

Postby gnaruki » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:08 am

Kiev is a good spot, hoopty lada's and zhiguli's all over. They'll try to fuck you at your destination even if you negotiated a price prior to getting in.

Once the guy was so lazy he stopped 6 blocks from the destination demanding twice the price as he motioned 'its over there a ways' with his hand.
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Re: Any self-respecting taxi drivers left in the world?

Postby friendlyskies » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:42 pm

Managua and Mexico City. They'll pick up dumbasses at the airport, the backpackers who I tell REPEATEDLY to get the expensive airport taxis, but who think they're going to be slick and save $20 with a shitty pirate taxi. Some of them do save that $20. More of them get robbed or charged extortianate prices to get the backpack out of the trunk. (Yes, I tell them to ride with the backpack in their lap, but do they? NO. Because that would be inconvenient.) I also tell them to insist on the front seat, especially with a shared taxi, but nooooooo because that would be taking advantage of first-world privilege or whatever. So the drivers go get their friends, who wedge them into middle of the back seat, hold a knife to their gut, and make them take money out of the ATM or whatever, then steal the backpack.

Then they have the nerve to go on TripAdvisor or the Thorn Tree and complain that Latin America is super dangerous, you can't even get off the plane before you're mugged and robbed. Even though the moment you get off the plane, and are presumably disoriented and almost certainly carrying a load of relatively valuable things, is the best moment to rob anyone. Hence the expensive, government-sanctioned, travel guide-recommended airport taxis. But oh god, I guess $20 is just too much to pay to drive 75km to León or Granada or the other side of Mexico City. After all, their friend took the pirate taxis and it was fine! Guidebooks should be called fearbooks because of all the stupid warnings, right? Until you're left somewhere in the middle of the selva with nothing but your underwear, I guess.
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