Monday, June 05, 2006

You Talking To Me

Another unique experience with a taxi driver last night. We got a taxi home and when we arrived I take a look at the price on the meter and then start fishing around for the money.

Problem is its in the dark so I can't see what I am doing.

Meanwhile he hasn't turned off the meter so it keeps on ticking on while I am searching. I give him the money and the change is commensurate to the higher price. I ask him what the deal is and he chucks a tantrum.

Did I do something wrong?


Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

taxi drivers in israel are a law unto themselves!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Naphtoli said...

not having a tantrum back?

1:43 PM  
Blogger Rafi G said...

a freind of mine told me a story of his experience in a taxi. the ride completes and the taxi driver asks for more money by a shekel above the price (dont remember why, maybe beause they sat in traffic or something like that).
They start arguing about the extra shekel. The taxi driver said to him, why are you arguing - it is only a shekel! why are you so cheap?
The rider said, you are arguing about the same 1 shekel, why are you so cheap?
The taxi driver said, for me it is 1 shekel many times during the day, so your 1 shekel adds up. If I argue about 1 shekel 20 times during the day, I made an extra 20 shekel. For you it is only 1 shekel, for me it is much more..

I think he gave him the shekel..

2:01 PM  
Blogger chavaleh said...

Here's another bad taxi story, which happened to me yesterday:

I'm taking a taxi because I happen to be lugging a fairly heavy toolbox home - not a very long journey, maybe 3 blocks and about 12 sheckels.

At the end (the end!! of course he's not going to say such things at the beginning) he informs me its an extra 3 sheckel for the box!

On one hand, you feel ridiculous arguing about 3 sheckel...on the other hand...!!!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. You got in a taxi.

7:02 PM  
Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Taxi's try to be a law onto themseleves, but like with many things in this fair landmass, you just have to give as good as you get, and you'll win!

Sorry I haven't got round to doing the Meme, not forgotten.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Sarah - too true

Naphtoli - Maybe but whats the point?

Rafi - Interesting story. Gives some insight into their mentality.

Chavaleh - Its a damned if you do damned if you dont one. Dont want to be pushed around and treated like a mug but its only 3 shek.

Anon - Thanks Tali.

If - thanks I'll try to remember that

9:35 AM  

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