This happened back at the end of June when I was in New York, but I must share it now because of a recent development.
We had just gotten out of Penn Station and walked up to 34th St. We (GF and I) were out there at around 4:00 AM and we had hailed down two different cabs already whose drivers refused to drive us to Queens. So when we finally were able to get a driver who would go to Queens, we were relieved.
He was driving a Ford Escape taxi, not a regular sedan. He barely spoke English, hailing from some African country (I think he said “Afrikos” when I asked him, but I looked it up later and I can’t figure out what that means.) He didn’t seem to understand where Queens was. We were able to give him a rough series of directions to get there, and as he was driving, he had two separate numbers on the meter: one was fixed at 39.00, and the other started at 0 and then kept going up as we got to Queens, eventually totaling $40. I figured this was just how taxicabs worked; that there was like a flat rate and then a running meter, to get to somewhere outside of Manhattan.
So the fare came to $80.00, and I tipped him 10 on top of that. After we were dropped off and I told my grandpa about it, he informed me that I had been ripped off and that it shouldn’t have cost more than $40.00 and that there’s no fixed fee for going to Queens. (He also said that drivers are not supposed to refuse to take you to Queens from Manhattan.) I felt like a total rube and was unbelievably pissed off.
He called the New York Taxi Commission and had me report the whole experience to them; I did so, and gave them the taxi driver’s name. It was “Bah.” I thought he had said “Bob” at first, but then I looked up at his ID placard and it said “Bah.” I figured that between this distinctive name and the fact that he was driving a Ford Escape cab, they could track the guy down.
But today I received a letter in the mail from them, saying that they could not identify the driver.
I am unbelievably pissed off about this and I am going to continue to try to get this guy’s ass nailed for fucking me over, as well as get re-imbursed. Should I contact the police as well?
If any of you are ever in New York and get into a Ford Escape taxi with a driver named Bah, please get his number and report this cocksucker to the proper authorities.