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How do taxi drivers cheat and profit from tourists?

It is often the case that taxi drivers use the naivety and confusion of a tourist who has just arrived in an unfamiliar city, forcing him to pay more.

In the unfamiliar city of the tourist can face a wide variety of hazards. It often happens that trouble comes from where we do not expect it at all. Unfortunately, many “cunning” people are not at all interested in making money on the naive and foreigners who are poorly versed in the intricacies of the local economy, and in the first place we are talking about taxi drivers who “lash out” fabulous prices for their services and literally take money out of their wallets. RIA Novosti was told about the scheme by which dishonest dealers act and how to avoid it.

In an interview with an agency, one of the Sochi taxi drivers told how he was looking for the “right” customers in the crowd. “I usually choose among visiting people those who move slowly, look for something with their eyes, behave uncertainly.

How do taxi drivers cheat and profit from tourists?
In this case, I understand that the price can be safely increased one and a half, twice. I do not pay attention to the fact that a person is expensive or not dressed, because even thrifty tourists can shanur on arrival at the resort. I have been working like this for ten years already, ”he said. Note, this “scheme” can be called in part harmless, since it is common and practiced in many countries of the world. However, there are cases when taxi drivers abuse it, literally “robbing” travelers.
For example, one of the New Zealand taxi drivers agreed to take a tourist who arrived in the country to the right place for a “modest” amount of $ 1,000 (the driver convinced him that the price was justified and quite normal), and in Bangkok the driver was completely detained by the tourist police after several times pulled up the price of their services.
How do taxi drivers cheat and profit from tourists?
It is noteworthy that this problem was aggravated in our country, mainly in Moscow, during the conduct of the World Cup in 2018. For example, some taxi drivers issued receipts with the payment amount to foreigners, but did not specify that the amount for the trip is in rubles, not in dollars or euros.

In individual cases, drivers do not tell tourists the amount of the trip initially – they only learn about this after the fact. In such cases, the situation can heat up to the limit, and taxi drivers begin to literally “knock out” money from the client. According to the travelers themselves, drivers often block the door and force the passenger to pay the named amount. Moreover, there is often no talk of a mileage metering meter and calculating the cost of a trip; there is no talk, and taxi drivers “bill” literally from their heads, naming the first amount that came to their mind.

Special mention deserve the situation in which the driver still works on a taximeter, but here he manages to cheat. For example, knowingly that a tourist is not local, a taxi driver can take him along a long route, drive into busy places where traffic jams are often encountered or road works are being carried out. In other words, he may try to do everything to ensure that the trip cost the tourist a tidy sum. That is why recently the mandatory rule of some aggregators is the use of a navigator that calculates the best route. Note that the above situations are in most cases valid for private carriers, but everything depends on the country and the honesty of the taxi driver.

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