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Sharing cabbie information

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by bubbakitty, Dec 21, 2014.

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  1. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty native Texan; born and bred.

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    Would it be a violation of ethics or law to share (within pm's) cabbie information? By that I mean like a cell phone number. Did not take a cab last trip but on previous ones IF the cab was well kept and clean and the driver affable, we would usually ask if they were available later (going from point A to B or the return to the airport) or even working that shift. Of course new phones and old numbers have zilch in the bank at this time.

    But IF you get a good driver what would be the problem with sharing his / her info (much like with limo driver reviews) AND with the driver's knowledge and permission. "I enjoyed your service and professionalism. Do you mind if I share your number with others I know are coming to Vegas?" And again, not posting the info but sharing via pm's.

    Why? We go in 5 days and I already have reservations about the ride from the airport. Why? I don't know; dirty cab; rudeness; long-hauling; starting the trip poorly.

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  2. merlin

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    It's a sad situation when an honest cabbie is something to be coveted.

    I'm not sure even if you called a guy, if he could cut ahead of the normal taxi line and pick you up.
     
  3. cjlangston

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    this...the cab stands at hotel and airport would never allow a call-ahead to jump the line. You would be advised to do your pick-up at an alternate location
     
  4. leo21

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    When there have been cabbies online on message boards, I never got the impression that they were I to having their numbers passed around. Some ready only gave them out to people they liked and wanted for regulars. If a cab ride from they airport is causing you stress, perhaps it's time to invest in another mode of transport.
     
  5. GrannySmiff

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    Cab drivers don't want to fart around for a little fare, if your going $40-50 journey then maybe but otherwise logistically it ties them up so will probably ask where your going before committing to see if its worth while.
     
  6. LolaDoggie

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    You could call the cabbie and ask if it's OK if you give their number to a friend?
     
  7. UTE

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    I agree with the airport issue - cabbies won't violate the cue rules.

    Having said the above, I keep the numbers of a handful of trusted cabbies handy. It's especially useful if I'm somewhere out in the boonies and I can't count on dispatch to prioritize a pick up. 'Course, the drawback is cabbies only work so many hours and the odds that one of my favorites is on duty is not always good.

    A good point was made about the size of the fares too. If I'm expecting personalized service I make sure it's worthwhile for the cabbie.

    Bill
     
  8. Chuck2009x

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    At least according to the regulations, cabbies are allowed to pick up reserved fares at the airport and hotels.

    But I agree they wouldn't necessarily want to be getting random calls, because of short hauls; of course, they could always decline, but that doesn't put them in a great position either.

    There's nothing wrong with what you have in mind, but I'd just give them a compliment and a good tip and use them when you can.
     
  9. leo21

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    One of the blogging cabbies seemed to be more concerned about ending up somewhere that he couldn't get another fare quickly. Like going to South Point and not being able to get a fare that would return him to the strip in a reasonable fashion. His regulars knew to tip him well if he was going to Bufu Egypt so he didn't mind it as much.
     
  10. UTE

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    Yeah, I asked a cabbie buddy once why cabbies don't seem keen to pick up rides that don't originate at hotels and casinos. He said that by the time they arrive, 40-50% of callers aren't there to be picked up. They've flagged down another cab, caught a bus, or walked to a better pick up point.

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  11. user3657

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    Just take a shuttle/bus. Cheaper, and no chance of any rip-offs. The ride is not as bad/long as you might think.
     
  12. Jane42

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    I also would just take the shuttle if the cab ride is giving you stress. On my last trip, I finally was brave enough to get a cab...took some of the advice from a different board and did not "insult" the driver by telling him what route I wanted (didn't remember what it was anyway!), and ended up being long hauled. Since we had 9 bags of luggage, I let it go, but at the time it really ticked me off.

    I have taken the shuttle every other time. Sometimes it is a short trip, sometimes it takes 30 minutes to get Downtown, but I don't care. I just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.
     
  13. suebee

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    I'm a little late here, but on my August trip we used 2 cab drivers exclusively - just texted them when and where to pick us up and they were they (you could call them as well). And yes, they can "cut" the line at any hotel or elsewhere if they have a reservation (we would just tell the taxi stand that we had called our own cab. The guys we had were fantastic and they don't long haul - that's the basis of their good service record and they didn't disappoint (it went a long way to relieve my anxiety of being ripped off too).

    If anyone is interested, the guy I used is on twitter, @HackingVegas, and he set us up for pick up from the airport and a night time driver as well (he works days). All I had to do was tweet him (or the other guy) and he sent us his cell # to make arrangements. There is another driver on twitter with the same deal, @LVCabChronicles, but I haven't used him yet.

    This is the only way for me to use taxis in Vegas, it was like having our own personal driving service!
     
  14. RockyBalboa

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    Yep, same here. I follow them (and a couple other Vegas cabbies) on Twitter and I used HackingVegas on my last trip for a pick up at the airport. I will also use him and the other guys on my next trips. Following them on twitter for as long as I have they seemed like good honest dudes and I wanted to throw some business their way.

    He picked me up promptly at the airport and took me straight to Wynn. Very friendly guy.
     
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    I figured that since he had been on twitter for so long and not having been picked up as a serial killer that I was ok :haha: And you're right, super nice guy too and I have no problem recommending him to anyone.
     
  16. RockyBalboa

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    lol exactly!

    I respect those guys who try to branch out and get new business via social media.
     
  17. Sinatraatthesands

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    All casinos have side doors this is allowed. It's allowed at front doors if you alert the doorman. I've ridden in at least 50 cabs and been long hauled twice. I never tell the cabbie I'm a local. I must have really good luck.
     
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