Friday, February 24, 2006

The no change bit

I've had cabbies ask me when I get in if I have exact change. If they don't have change, they should do that. Let you know up front.

Not so with Empire cab #102. Took me all the way home. I gave him $15 for a $11 ride and asked for two bucks back. "I don't have change." ... and I didn't have ones. So the guy got $15 for the trip. Is there an alternative to just forking over more money then you wanted to?

6 Comments:

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I once made a cab driver wait while I went into a bar and got change. It's really pretty obnoxious that they can't manage to have $10 in singles to make change. can you think of any other business that gets away with that?

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger E :) said...

I'd cut the tip and give him ten. I hate cab drivers in this city. I called for one the other day and it never showed up. Then the company hung up on me three times when I called to ask where the cab was. Needless to say I missed my bus...

 
At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A cab driver can't always have change. I drive in D.C about 80% of the passengers hand me $20 bills, now how many times can I break a $20 bill and keep going to stores and and gas stations looking for change. I don't have a cash register in my cab like a 7Eleven where I can just take out change when I run out of it.

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous DC Cab rider said...

My beef is that the driver didn't say that at the beginning of the ride. I've had drivers before who ask if I've got exact change. He didn't. I hope when you don't have exact change you let the riders know before it becomes a problem.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger dcbubble said...

Make him wait while you try to get change. Frankly he should have been happy with the ten spot. Making change is part of the service cabbies allegedly provide.

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger MontrĂ©al-Cheese-Driveur said...

That's what we call a robbery ! Do a complainte...

 

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