NOT a Crooked cabbie

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, December 24, 2017, 11:28 (24 days ago) @ frostbite

After reading though the thread IMO the headline is a bit of a misnomer.

That the Taxi was accepted with the A/C on does not make this Cabbie a "thief" and personally I think for that reason this thread should be axed.

Getting in a Taxi is always "caveat emptor". That the Cabbie was not given an "no a / c por favor" and the Cabbie charging for the A/C at the end of the fare in no way makes the Cabbie a thief.

At worst someone may view the situation as "questionable".



On several occasions, we've gotten into a cab with the A/C on and were not charged extra, since it was already on. I assume this was for the driver's comfort. If you're hot, you can request and pay for A/C. I don't believe one needs to request the A/C to be turned off, in order to pay the regular rate. It is my understanding that the A/C add-on is 5 Pesos. Since he wanted 45, he was also overcharging the regular fare by 5 Pesos. Regardless of the relatively small overcharge - in US$ - I believe this translates into thievery. BTW, I have received 2 direct e-mails describing similar attempts at charging too much by the same individual. He has - kinda - apologized and offered to return the money. I was not bitching about the money; I was bitching about the principle. Hopefully, this is the end of a long conversation, which was originally just meant as a heads-up.

A/C is usually a 40% additional charge. That is what I have posted on my Taxi Rates page. José Manuel is known for going the extra mile, not for overcharging. It appears that you didn't understand the charge. Why you would mention you received 2 private mails bolstering your poor opinion of him is a mystery. If your anonymous friends had wanted the info made public they should have the courtesy to post and use their names. José Manuel's reputation is important to his livelihood. He has a large following of folks quite satisfied with his services on Facebook. Why do you insist he tried to take advantage of you if he actually charged you LESS than the going rate for using A/C? I had hoped you would refrain from accusing him after realizing you were not taken advantage of. I am disappointed to see you continue to do so. I love ya, man, but this time you are not being fair.

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