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Actual Dialog With Las Vegas Cab Driver

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, Aug 21, 2015.

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  1. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

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    I don't know whether to tack this onto my trip report or not, but I wanted to get this out there.

    After the Heart show at Mandalay Bay I went to the taxi lane without any stopping and I really wanted to because a Nirvana tribute band was in the lounge. Didn't do it so that's that.

    Pretty fast line considering the time on a Friday night.

    I enter the cab. The driver was a middle-aged blond, hair up, ball cap. Think Carol Channing.

    Me: Mirage, please.

    Driver: Well we can't take the Strip because of the street shows are making things jammed.

    Me: Not sure what that means, but I know traffic on the Strip is going to be jammed on Friday night.

    Driver: The fastest way is the freeway.

    Me: I don't want to take the freeway.

    Driver: Well, which way do you want to go.

    Me: Frank Sinatra.

    Driver: Oh, that's really backed up a Flamingo.

    Me: (Shaking head) I don't believe you.

    Driver: Well I'll get on the radio and ask. "Anyone, what does Frank Sinatra look like at Flamingo?" (I hear static for a reply). Turning back to me she says: "He said Flamingo is backed for 3 light turns."

    Me: I guess I'm hard of hearing, all I heard is static.

    Driver: Well that's what he said. Why don't you want to take the freeway? You get off at Spring Mountain and the Mirage is right there.

    Me: Because I want to take Frank Sinatra.

    Driver: The freeway is faster and only a few dollars more.

    Me: There are too many risks with the freeway. There are at least 3 very long lights on Spring Mountain and making the turn right onto the Strip is iffy.

    Driver: Sir, you must think you live here.

    Me: No, but I know when a cabbie is trying long haul me.

    Driver: Sir, you do not live here and I do and the freeway is faster.

    Me: And I am the customer and I want to go by Frank Sinatra. I'll bet you your tip there is no backup at Flamingo.

    Driver: Well, you're wrong.

    We arrive at Flamingo. There are 3 other cars. We catch the green and go right through. We arrive at Mirage in no more than 10 minutes. There was other sarcasm from each side along the way.

    Driver: That's $14.44.

    Me: Give me 4 bucks back.

    Driver: What, you're only giving me a dollar tip on a $15 fare?

    Me: It's $1.56, do the math, and that's more than I really want to give you.

    Driver: (Sounding disgusted) Whatever!
     
  2. oldcrabtom

    oldcrabtom Low-Roller

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    Nicely plaid !!.........:wink2:
     
  3. jamesxnj

    jamesxnj VIP Whale

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    Nice..That's cool Breeze..What a C word
     
  4. UTE

    UTE Plastics

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    I agree - nice job.

    Bill
     
  5. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    Good for you Breeze... I'm not one of the cab vigilante cartel around here, but you very clearly conveyed what you wanted and demonstrated a knowledge of the area. She had no business continuing to push her agenda.
     
  6. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    I never run into this, and unless I'm going from LAS to downtown, I never get charged more than $15-20
     
  7. seviay

    seviay High-Roller

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    You did everything short of pulling out your dick and giving her a mushroom stamp. Best story on here in a while that didn't involve cucumbers.
    It's too bad you didn't have exact change to give her.
     
  8. MrSeanHiggs

    MrSeanHiggs Low-Roller

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    Hilarious !!!
     
  9. FullBoat

    FullBoat VIP Whale

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    Should have used a CC. Yeah, it's an extra buck for processing, but then you could have given her $0 tip.
     
  10. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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  11. PayTriple

    PayTriple The Cucumber King

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    Can't get Uber in Vegas fast enough.
     
  12. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

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    Well done, 95% of people would have caved in and been screwed. I would have given her no tip.
     
  13. crapsguy5000

    crapsguy5000 Low-Roller

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    Another example as why I don't do cabs any more. RTC bus routes all the way!!!
     
  14. Ty

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    Nice, I didn't realize that rode was back there.
     
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  15. bshowell

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    Good for you. Wth was with her?
     
  16. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

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    It is such a shame a monorail wasn't built from the airport to the Strip and on to DT. And, to think the cab industry was one of the reasons why.
     
  17. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

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    Ditto. I've never even had a gripe about a LV cabbie. They're good as far as cabbies go.

    Nick:beer:
     
  18. pphold

    pphold pp Park Place Degenerate

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    More reason to either limo or rent a car.
     
  19. vegas7979

    vegas7979 Tourist

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    Well Done! I would have said give me five back and keep the change.
     
  20. Joe

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    The main reason the Ice House folded. They bought the place and stuck a million + into turning into a 2 story sportsbar/night club, a half a block from Bonneville. That was supposed to be a stop for the monorail on the way to downtown. They had installed one of the finest A/V systems I have ever seen. 40 TVs, even in the bathrooms, NFL, MLB, NBA networks etc. We used to walk from MSS to there (OK, only during daylight hours) but we could request any game that was televised.

    No gaming, so that might have also played a part in their demise, but what a shame.
     
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