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Old 04-23-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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What I do. Then again, I don't drink much.

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Rent a car.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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Is everyone on this forum a cab driver or what?!

Stop defending these lowlifes. I have had more issues with cabbies in this town than I can count...

Numerous times getting in cabs downtown and having them refuse me a ride when they find out that I live only a few miles away by Oakey and 5th.

Multiple arguments when I ask cabbies to go down industrial or paradise instead of the freeway. Had one guy insisting, in an argumentative fashion, that the best way downtown from Allure (Sahara and LVB where I lived at the time) was to take the freeway... maybe twice the distance.

I had a friend (young impressionable guy) who was coming to town for a month to deal poker at the Venetian deep stacks and was renting a room from me. I knew that he was broke so i told him to insist the cabby take Paradise - a straight shot to my house and usually around $20. The cabby told him paradise was so backed up due to construction that they should take the freeway. My friend showed him my text, but the cabby still insisted. He ended up paying over $40. The construction on Paradise had ended months ago, and even then it was still the best route.

So even if you tell them your preferred route, they probe for signs of weakness and try to pull off the long haul anyway.

Make rides from the airport a fixed rate to each strip property, and regulate the cab company criminals!
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:05 PM
 
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IF you got overcharged it's because you weren't paying attention......
That's a world I don't want to live in. This is not Mexico. I could tell you some stories from down there that would make your blood boil. We have laws here. I would hate to be constantly on the lookout for people trying to rip me off. What a nightmare of a life that is.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:06 PM
 
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The LV Monorail should be built right up to the airport's doors. There has been talk and plans for this. A lot of the long hauling happens from the airport to the Strip. In fact I am all for the Monorail going from the airport all the way Downtown.
Everybody is for that... except for the cabbies. They are corrupt. Plain and simple.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Near West Plains, MO
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I've mentioned this in other threads - I have friends that live there. And a group of us USED TO
go yearly to Vegas. I know the streets, I know the routes. And I know the scams.
And I've slowly caught on to their tricks - despite me getting in the cab and saying "Shortest way
possible please". I let them do it then ask what they think they're doing (they've never really
long hauled me and I won't let them go that far, but they'll try to stretch it out a couple or three bucks).
I get out the tip money, then tell them why I'm subtracting. I leave them a little something cuz
I got there alive.

Starting this year, we won't be back. Make all the excuses you want but I'm not 'playing' their
game anymore.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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I concur, Vegas cabbies are some of the worst shysters I have ever encountered. I've was taken on needless excursions on the interstate to double the cost of fares and scenic "detours" through the Naked City on my first trip there as these cockroaches did their best to fleece me out of all they could get. After I got my bearings in the city, I found that telling them that I knew exactly where I was going and any attempt to rip me off would result in non-payment once we arrived made them reconsider their routes and get me there quickly and cheaply as possible.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Starting this year, we won't be back. Make all the excuses you want but I'm not 'playing' their
game anymore.
I wish more tourists would do this! If nothing else, a temporary protest! If the visitor numbers dip substantially enough, perhaps they'll wake up and try and figure out why, and then do something about it!

More tourists, who increasingly travel to cities where a train is waiting for them at the Airport, need to direct their questions to the respected authorities, and the casino companies here: Why! Why! A city as modern as this, there's no train to greet me at the airport?????????
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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The LV Monorail should be built right up to the airport's doors. There has been talk and plans for this. A lot of the long hauling happens from the airport to the Strip. In fact I am all for the Monorail going from the airport all the way Downtown.
This will occur when Las Vegas starts receiving 60 inches of precipitation a year!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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This will occur when Las Vegas starts receiving 60 inches of precipitation a year!
I know. I know. When pigs fly and all that. I just wished the leaders and other powers that be had to courage to carry it through.

It's not that hard. The Monorail is literally at shouting distance of the airport anyways (MGM Grand). How much more money would it take to extend it? We call all agree it's not just a matter of cost but other factors in play here (the cab unions/monopolies and the car rental companies and the limo companies, etc.)
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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And let's not forget the police! How many tickets do they hand out every year to the taxi driver's, those that rent cars to avoid taking taxi's!!!

Whenever a big imminent change to the status quo is at hand, and no progress is being made, one must always think of all the beneficiaries to keeping things the way they are!

I was recently in Sacramento, only travel now where I won't need a car, and there was a bus stop outside the terminal, it cost me $2 to travel downtown and get off within 2 blocks of my motel on the near east side! Getting back to the terminal was a cinch!

There is a city bus in the basement of McCarran, unknown to the majority of tourists, and the taxi drivers wouldn't have it any other way! God forbid, they allowed even a city bus to stop outside the terminal!
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