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$20 to go…

Posted in Driving Basics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by HackingVegas

First call of a VERY slow morning was a no go. Normally I get pissed when that happens but this time it turned out to be the best call I’ve had in a while.

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I pull up to this little dive bar in North Las Vegas where I pick up at least ten times a week. They never go far but a ride is a ride. The bartender pokes his head out and asks me to give him a minute and he’ll get the guy out soon. It was slow that morning so I sat and waited.

Soon the door flew open and a guy comes stumbling out. He holds the railing on the walkway heading to the cab. As the rail ends he makes a leap of faith toward the cab and falls up against it. He opens the door and leans in asking in a the most slurred drunken voice I’ve heard in a while, “how much does it cost NOT to go home?” I said, “I don’t know, if you want to give me $10 for wasting my time that would be cool”. He said, “no problem” and reaches in his wallet and started digging for the money. The bartender was standing behind him the whole time and tells him, “NO, you’re cut off. If you think you’re going to stay here you’re paying him $20 or I’m not letting you back in”. The guy got pissed and had a few choice words for the bartender but promptly handed me a $20 bill.

He then told the bartender to take him back in and stop being a jackass.

Off they went and so did I with the meter shorted but my pocket a little fatter. So if anyone is ever wondering how much it costs to not go home, it’s now $20 if you call my cab.

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Taxi Cops

Posted in Law Enforcement with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by HackingVegas

Here in Las Vegas we have a “Police Agency” that over sees the taxi industry as a whole. This is nothing new to many drivers around the world, most know them as transit cops so I’ve been told. But just like anything else in Vegas, this special group of cops are corrupt and out to get what they can from us drivers , not to help us.  They call themselves the Taxi Authority. These fine men and women are the end all – be all of the taxi world.

When you get hired at a company (there are no owner-operators or leased cabs), before they do anything with you, they have you go to the Taxi Authority (TA) and get your permit.  You have to pass background checks and a written test (with no study guide or idea whats on it). Then you have to go to a safety class where they try to scare the hell out of you for two days. During all of this you still do not get very many rules as to the does and dont’s of the road. They basically say don’t long haul (taking a fare the long way to run the meter up) and don’t get killed. I’m sure there was more but who cares, a good driver only has to really worry about speeding tickets.

This post could go many ways but I plan to use this to talk up the good side of the TA. For the most part they are really out there to try to help you guys (The Fare). They take all complaints and deal with them based on importance. The one thing they don’t wait on is dealing with “Long Hauling”. This is mainly seen going to and from the airport. There is only one way any driver should take you out of the airport to the strip or downtown and that’s via side streets. A tunnel was made a while ago to help local traffic get through the airport and to the Highway but about 10% of your Hacks will use that to run the fare up between $8-$12.  This is illegal! The TA is more than willing to help you guys out with this. So come with the knowledge of your fare and avoid being ripped off. 

Other than that I personally have nothing else good to say about them. I have had a few run-ins with them and have all been negative. I’ll go into more details about that later. Meanwhile when visiting Las Vegas speak up and don’t be walked on.

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