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Another long-haul story...

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by undathesea, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. undathesea

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    Admittedly, this one is not my own.

    A little backstory... I have two mutual friends that met in Vegas recently to run a race in Zion. Big group... I think it was a Ragnar or a Ragnar-type of race. The main character lives in SF and used to live on the east coast with the us. These aren't the type of folks who frequent Vegas so they don't really know much about long-hauling, but they sure did figure it out...

    It's rather long... but worth a read, IMO. The rest is directly from my buddy (names changed to protect the innocent)... Enjoy.

    Short flight into Vegas, no issues. Since we were camping, I had checked a large bag with a bunch of camping gear, and I had my roller carry on with clothes. I get the big bag out of baggage claim and head to the dreaded Vegas Taxi line. Waited about ten minutes (not too bad), got in a cab with your typical foreign chatty cabby. I tell him "Bally's", and zone out for a bit.

    Cabby's making small chat (big plans this weekend? want to see a show? ...), and I'm tired and just giving the minimal responses for politeness. Anyway, the ride seems to be taking a long time, so I ask: "This is taking a while... are you taking me the long way?" He assures me everything is fine, but he sounds kind of squirly.

    I use my trusty smartphone to look up standard fares and distances from the airport to Bally's, and the standard route. And I learned the term "longhauling" from a bunch of folks bitching about Vegas cabbies jacking up the fare by adding on miles to the trip. And, when I see where we are on the gps map, it's very clear that's what this douchbag is doing.

    We get to the back entrance to the casino, and I'm pissed. He says: $42 please. I say: "you just longhauled me you dick, I'm not paying." He's not pleased by this and says "Ok, then only $25" I reluctantly agree, but he can't change the credit card charge amount on the little card-swipe machine in the back of the cab (apparently that can only charge what's on the meter), and I don't have any cash on me, so I tell him I need to hit the ATM machine (yes: automatic teller machine machine).

    So, he parks, I grab my two bags, and head into the casino with slightly abashed cabby in tow. Three people in line for the nearest ATM; I could find another, but fuck the cabby - he can wait. ...and the ATM won't give me any cash. It just says "transaction invalid". Shit. I wander around and find another ATM (still dragging my bags, cabby still following at a respectful distance). Same thing. I look at my ATM card, and discover that it had expired a few weeks before. Fuck!

    Well, not the worst thing in the world, this is Vegas. There are a million ways to get cash in Vegas, right? I don't tell the cabby anything (he's still in the doghouse as far as I'm concerned), and set off looking for the cage (still dragging those bags!). Only one cashier on duty, and five people in line, so after a few minutes I get to the front and ask about a cash advance on my credit card. For a substantial fee, they can draw on a Visa or Mastercard - I ask for $1k ($40 fee), and start filling out the paperwork.

    This takes a while (we're about 30 minutes in, Cabby not looking very happy), and of course my card is declined. We try a smaller amount, same thing. I try another card, same. fucking. thing. On to the next strategy: I call Runner2 (he's up in our room): "Hey Runner2, I'm here, but I need some $$ to pay the cabby. I'll explain when you get here"

    Runner2, of course, is Runner2, and he thinks this is pretty funny, so down he comes. I wander over to the elevators (still dragging both bags and an ever increasingly annoyed cabby behind me). Runner2 texts me: "I'm next to the corvette by the entrance". No corvettes around, so I assume he's outside. Weird that I missed him, but whatever - I head out to the entrance (+bags, +cabby). No Runner2, and no corvette. I call, and Runner2 says he's inside the casino, next to a fancy red corvette right by the entrance. Also near the checkin line, and a coffee shop. We spend a good ten minutes wandering around, calling each other, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. He asks: "You're at Bally's, right?". "Yeah, of course. Wait, let me double check...". I grab a dude wandering by and ask: "What casino is this?". "Flamingo." FUCK!

    I turn to the cabby (we're at 45 minutes now) and scream: "YOU TOOK ME TO THE WRONG FUCKING CASINO?! That's it, I'm not paying you a fucking penny. First you longhaul me, then you go to the wrong place. Fuck off!" His response: "I'm calling the cops." "Good, let's see what they have to say about this."

    He heads off back to his cab and gets on his phone, I kind of follow and snag a security guy and tell him the situation. I also fill Runner2 in on the details, he's eating it up and says he's on his way over (just across the street so no biggie) The security guys tell me they are contacting the Vegas Taxicab Authority, and we wait. More security folk show up, they chat with both the cabby and me, and Runner2 shows up after a few more minutes.

    Runner2 is laughing his ass off at the whole situation. I'm still steaming, but I figure if a cop shows up and tells me I owe the cab his fare, then I'll pay (thanks to Runner2, I now have some cash available). The security guys come back to me after a few minutes and say that the Taxicab Authority has no interest in showing up for a $25 fare, and that whether I pay or not is completely up to me. Apparently the cops aren't showing up either (something, something, civil matter). Runner2 has the idea to just give the guy $10 (Runner2's fare from the airport was like $12, so he thinks that's reasonable considering I never got to my destination).

    Fine. I take the ten-spot Runner2 is offering, and head over with a few security guys between us. I tell him: "Here's the deal. You can have this $10 or not. Your call." He looks dejected and says "No, that's not the fare" "Fine." I pocket the cash and turn to walk away (still dragging those bags!) Now he starts getting pissed and accuses me of robbing him. I respond: "You try to scam me, and then take me to the wrong place, and I'm robbing you? You're a dick." Apparently as I was saying this, I was kind of getting in the guys face, because the security folks stepped in to keep us apart. I collect myself, make one last quip: "I hope you learned something today!", then I turn and walk with Runner2 to Bally's.

    -The End
     
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  2. Hoofy7

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    One word Uber! Lol I've been lucky as I learned a little Swahili while I did my internship in Tanzania and it's amazing how many can drivers speak it and they love that I helped people from their country and have actually had my fares waved from Fremont back to Venetian a few times just for chatting with them in their language. So if I HAVE to take a taxi I look for one that looks like they may be from Africa. Lol
     
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  3. Valgal

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    Good for your friend for standing up. My husband and I got long hauled to the Luxor once -- the fare was over $20. I was so pissed but my husband and I were so tired. We took an early flight out and had to leave for the airport around 2:30 AM our plane was to land in Vegas around 6:30 AM. Vegas was fogged in and we had to land at a small airport in California to wait for the fog to clear. By the time we got to land in Vegas our flight was delayed over 4 hours. I never went to bed and I just wanted to get checked in our room.

    Plus the cabbie dropped us at a back or side entrance at Luxor with no bell service available. Neither my husband or I said anything we just paid him and went on our way. We talked loudly enough on the drive that we knew we were being long hauled. I guess maybe he was trying to make up the difference from no airport activity that morning.

    We are such wimps.
     
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    If you think you are getting long hauled just start acting like you feel sick and are trying not to puke or shit your pants....you'll get there super fast! Bwahahaha
     
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  5. undathesea

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    I've been long-hauled and called out the driver before. They took me to the side entrance and not the main entrance.

    Last time I took an Uber from the airport and the guy dropped me at the side entrance to Aria. I knew what he was doing but figured it was an Uber thing and didn't question it. It didn't bother me in the least.

    One time I took a cab, gave him specific directions and on the way to the hotel the driver yelled at me that he could have taken a better / cheaper route. I asked why it mattered if I was paying and telling him where to go? Enjoy the extra money. He was an asshole.

    I don't take cabs if I can find a limo and with Uber as an option now, I doubt I'll ever take a cab from the airport again.
     
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    We used Uber recently to get from MSS to the airport, $17.72. The drivers seem surprised when you tip them.
     
  7. DaaaaaaBears

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    I use Macker's advice. Tell them you know what the ride should cost, and you're paying $20 regardless. The faster they get you there, the bigger the tip.

    I've noticed recently cabbies are extending rides by making as many left turns as possible. They don't take the tunnel, but they wait at nearly every light. Fuck them.
     
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    I've had one bad Uber experience and it was in Vegas. The D to the airport. Uber guy made us walk across the street, then ignored Waze, made several illegal moves to avoid traffic (duh, use Waze) and then took a crazy route to the airport. And it was surging 2.2.
     

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