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September 1, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Be aware of taxis overcharging

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I’ve been coming to Las Vegas for many years. This last trip really brought the taxi industry into focus.

My wife and I were double charged twice during this trip. We quietly paid, as we are “Minnesota nice.” Rates should be posted so these drivers can’t continue these practices.

I just want to address this issue so other folks aren’t taken advantage of.

P.S. We may even tip better.

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  1. Double charged twice and you were too nice to ask why? A question about the fares if asked politely is not considered being rude. It may have saved you from being overcharged for the rides.

    Carmine D

  2. The solution is simple: refuse to pay the overcharge and demand the driver contact either the Taxicab Authority or Metro to resolve the situation. The driver will relent in a New York minute. Then, contact the TA with the cab number and time the violation occurred. Fill out official complaint forms and action will be taken and it will not be pleasant for the cabbie. He or she will be fined and could be barred from the industry, depending upon past citations. Writing letters to the editor will not change a thing; contacting the authorities and following through definitely will!

  3. "By the way, it is a good thing to be ""Minnesota nice."

    BChap:

    Being nice...giving away your money? Being nice...giving away your money. The answer is obvious.

    Carmine D

  4. And I might add BChap by doing so, being nice, the tourists here encourage the cabbies to continue to do it [overcharge].

    If you're made of money, by all means overpay. Be my guest. If not, ask the obvious question. Why so much?

    Carmine D

  5. Yes.... not only when I am right but even if and when I am wrong.
    Carmine D

  6. Long-hauling and fare doubling is theft -- there's no other word for it. Taxi cab companies who fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent forseeable theft (i.e. GPS monitoring, etc.) should be held responsible for it.

    Start throwing the CEOs in jail for a month at a time, and this problem will disappear forever.

  7. The part that's absurd to me is that Mr. Neumann is suggesting that "Rates should be posted so these drivers can't continue these practices."

    Obviously part of his problem is that he doesn't pay any attention to his surroundings in the first place.

    Rates are posted on the outside of both front doors and also inside of EVERY taxi in Nevada, it's already required by law. NRS 706.8835

    http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-706.h...

    So if Mr. Neumann completely completely failed to notice the rates prominently posted both inside and on the outside of every taxi he has been in here in Las Vegas, how reliable is his assertion that he was overcharged?

  8. "My valueless timeframe with you has well elapsed."

    As well as your valueless posts.

    Carmine D