Traveling, at home or abroad, can always present some unnecessary challenges. I have experienced a few annoying instances that I would not like to repeat ever again. Arguing with a taxi driver is not something anyone wants to do but there are some occasions when it happens.
- Don’t let a driver take you to the wrong location and try to charge. This happened with a taxi driver picking me up from the ballet in New York City and again with an Uber driver in Los Angeles taking me to the wrong location for brunch. In NYC, taxis are regulated and you can actually file complaints if they don’t follow the law. Sometimes you may be asked to appear at a hearing so make sure to document everything. In LA, I was meeting a friend for brunch and gave a very specific address for a popular location when the Uber driver couldn’t find it and decided a random sidewalk must be it. I was absolutely not getting out of the car but also annoyed that I was going to be late for brunch because he couldn’t use google maps or an adequate GPS system to find a location.
- I love walking all over Paris but when it starts raining and you have no umbrella, that can be a bit of hindrance. Leaving the Louvre, I quickly hopped in the taxi after someone not paying attention to the meter. I know my way around Paris fairly well and am quite clear on what a taxi fare should be to/from the Louvre and my hotel. He definitely overcharged because he could and we weren’t paying attention. It wasn’t by much but it was a pretty low life thing to do because he assumed he was picking up novices. When it was time to pay, I kindly told him I needed exact change and let him know I was aware that he overcharged.
- In Casablanca, taxis are a hustler’s gold mine. Not even getting into the safety aspect, it’s important to discuss fares with your hotel when traveling anywhere. Going to Morocco Mall (a really cool mall with a giant fish tank), the taxi driver tried to double the charges but the hotel had already negotiated the fare and told us not to pay a single dirham more. Returning from the mall to the hotel, I had to approach several taxis to tell them where to take us and how much I would pay. They all tried to double or triple the fare. A very serious note here, some sketchy and dubious “taxi drivers” offered to take one of us at an astronomical fare. And by offer, I mean try to not so gently guide me to his car. I wouldn’t recommend Casablanca to anyone. Going from the hotel to the airport, the same fiasco happened. I literally was arguing with the taxi driver at 4:00 a.m. with my bags outside of the airport because the hotel arranged it and told me exactly what to pay.