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Old 10-29-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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Ok, Chicago cab drivers, I understand that you hate to take credit cards even though it is the law that you must, but then at least be able to change a $20 bill. I've had drivers have to drive to gas stations to get change to be able to give me change. I generally avoid using credit cards if they are unhappy about it but not being able to make change is really irritating.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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This is the exact same with every single cab driver in every single cab in every single city in the country. I've actually had more problems with this in NYC than anywhere else. You have to threaten that you're getting out without paying and scream at them before they realize their machine is "magically" fixed. Credit cards mean declaring everything for taxes.

Same as those restaurants around the city that are "cash only" or have random rooms or lower levels where you aren't allowed to pay with a card. We actually got to the front door of Cesars on Clark and Belmont once before they finally caved that we could use a card even though we were sitting downstairs.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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This is the exact same with every single cab driver in every single cab in every single city in the country. I've actually had more problems with this in NYC than anywhere else.
Yep, I've had that problem much more often in NYC than Chicago, although it has happened to me here and in many other cities.

My usual response is to say that I think I have the exact fare in change. Then I start digging out every nickle, penny and dime that I have and start counting them out. That usually prompts them to produce change.

Drivers hate credit cards for a number of reasons, but mostly because of a 5 percent transaction fee tacked on by the credit card companies, cutting into their take home pay.

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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I have lived in Chicago 15 years and I use cabs constantly, and I've used a card exactly twice.

Cash is always faster, and the only reason I take taxis is to save time so I don't quite see the point of using a payment method that takes longer.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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I have no problem telling a cab driver that I don't give a sh** what they "want" to take. I pay em in cash when I have it, but if I don't and have to use a card? They'd better take it and smile or I'll take a camera phone pic of their license and cheerfully offer to call the cab company and/or police to mediate.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Schaumburg, please don't hate me for it.
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Cash is always king in smalltime petty transactions. I appreciate service, and like to reward it. Especially when it's performed by someone working 12+ hours a day for roughly minimum wage.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Whatever. I sympathize with cab drivers too, and use cash for 98% of my cab rides, but that doesn't mean they get to pull whatever shenanigans they want. I actually make a point of having cash on me when going out, but occasionally life happens, day turns into night faster than you'd anticipated, and next thing you know you and your friends are karaokeing at some bar you've never been to far from home at 2:30am, and the buses aren't running anymore. It's time for a cab, but there's not an ATM in sight. What do you do? Why you whip out your plastic money, is what. Apologies, cab guy, but please don't throw a sh*t fit about it. I'm going to pay you, just not in the way that makes you happiest.

I've had the "my machine is broken" line thrown at me too, to which I typically respond with a promise to relieve the driver of my fare. Somehow he always finds a way to take my card. Don't have the shiny Visa/MC logo on your car and then pretend you can't accept it for whatever reason.

It'll be a shame if a cabbie's cc terminal actually is broken one day.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:36 AM
 
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Drivers hate credit cards for a number of reasons, but mostly because of a 5 percent transaction fee tacked on by the credit card companies, cutting into their take home pay.
A 5 percent fee is annoying, but 28% Federal income tax (on a middle class income), 15.3% FICA (if you are self-employed), and 5.7% state income tax add up to REALLY F#$%(* INFURIATING. For all of us. I don't blame cab drivers for trying to evade taxes, but demanding cash and screaming at passengers is not a good strategy for doing so, and might backfire. They can just not report the cash income that is given to them voluntarily.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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It'll be a shame if a cabbie's cc terminal actually is broken one day.
Most of them have the carbon copy sliders also.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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It is surprising & annoying that in today's increasingly "cashless" society that these cabs do not have an efficient way of regularly (and quickly) processing credit cards. I'm sure there are SOME folks out there that would even go as far as to tip the driver even more on a CC transaction for a couple reasons: (A) Appreciation that the cabbie took the guy's plastic when he was short on actual cash, (B) Maybe to make up for the extra fees & taxes that the cabbie may incur due to processing credit instead of cash.

Of course plenty of folks could care less and will pay the same amount regardless of the form of tender. All I'm saying is that it is nice to have options and some of these cabbies feel the need to deprive our modern society of one of our most regularly used payment options.
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