I was recently long hauled on my last trip to Vegas on Sept. 4th. A previous account about my long hauling journeys can be found HERE Since the time in that post I've managed to avoid being long hauled despite twice being told that they were going to take "the back roads" and I told them to take the shortest route and they quickly got back on the road to Swenson. This time when leaving the airport, I was with my friend and this was her first trip to Vegas, so I didn't want to have to deal with the hassle, so when we got into the cab, I said "I'm going to Mandalay Bay please, take Swenson". My friend being excited and naturally talkative was talking back and forth with the driver as he asked questions and she even said a couple times that I had been to Vegas multiple times before but that she was a newbie. I was watching the road like a hawk and noticed that at the last moment he switched lanes and started heading for the tunnel. I was thinking WTF!!! I even told you the direction to go!! So I started writing a note on the note app on my phone to tell my friend that we were being long hauled and when we get to the hotel, to get out of the car and get the bags and then after we have the bags, I'll tell him we're not paying him because of what he did. She was confused but played it cool and when we got to the hotel, he's like "that will be $23.50 for the airport surcharge" I just said yep, and motioned for her to get the bags while I looked like I was fumbling in my wallet, he wouldn't get out until she did. Once we got the bags, I told him how I noticed how he took the tunnel despite me even telling him to take Swenson and after my friend told him I had been there 13 times. I asked him if he thought I was stupid and that he should be ashamed for ripping people off like that. He was like, "oh so that's how you're going to be, just pay $15" and then I unleashed on him and was like fuck you how dare you tell me to pay you $15, you get nothing!. He again was like "just $15!" and I told him "do you want me to call the taxi authority on you and have them decide, because I can do that, I have no problem calling them on your stupid ass!" he just slithered away back to the drivers door and I said "and you think about that the next time you pick people up from the airport!" and walked into the hotel, got a $20 tip upgrade to THEhotel which was paid for by what I saved for the cab ride. I hope it happens again in November! Free cab rides are the best!