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Sneaky cabbies' $8M meter rip-off went on for years
New York Post ^ | March 13, 2010 | David Seifman

Posted on 03/13/2010 4:39:49 AM PST by myknowledge

In a mind-boggling ripoff that went undetected for years, thousands of city cabbies overcharged nearly 2 million passengers by at least $8.3 million, according to a shocking disclosure yesterday by the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

Officials said 35,558 of the city's 48,300 taxi drivers -- or three-quarters of all the licensees -- were caught overcharging at least once by secretly changing the meter's rate setting.

A staggering 3,000 drivers swindled passengers more than 100 times each. A total of 1.9 million trips were overpriced.

The scale of the thievery over the last 26 months was flabbergasting even to hardened veterans of what is supposed to be a tightly regulated industry.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cab; cabmeter; immigration; liecheatsteal; newyork; newyorkcity; overcharging; ripoff

Cab passengers of NYC have been ripped off under their noses! They've been taken for a ride of their lives!

I wouldn't wanna take an NYC yellow cab in my life. Would you?

1 posted on 03/13/2010 4:39:50 AM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

The effectiveness of government regulators on display!

...and these are the same people who want to regulate the healthcare industry!!!!!


2 posted on 03/13/2010 4:43:54 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: myknowledge
The scale of the thievery over the last 26 months was flabbergasting even to hardened veterans of what is supposed to be a tightly regulated industry.

Way to run a city, Bloombug.

3 posted on 03/13/2010 4:48:15 AM PST by mewzilla (No taxation without representation!)
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To: myknowledge

Would this fall under the RICO laws?


5 posted on 03/13/2010 4:56:26 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: myknowledge
"Wasim Khalid Cheema"

Hmmmmmmm....!

6 posted on 03/13/2010 4:57:40 AM PST by Dacus943
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To: myknowledge

I wonder how many of these drivers are not Americans?

I was at a local fair and was sitting near a guy with feathers and braids ( a member of the local casino tribe-the guy looked as Irish as me-but back to my story) and he was bragging to his friends about how it’s about time the Indian tribes put the “screws to the white man” for all that he’s done to “them” over the years.
By letting them gamble their life savings away, spend all kinds of money at the casinos and end up losing everything as a result, was “awesome payback to the white a**holes who screwed us and stole everything from us”...
He laughed as he talked about the power they have to ruin (help ruin) people’s lives by gambling and taking the “white man’s money”...THEN he started talking about how he collects disability and gets everything paid for by the state....etc etc.

I am SURE this mindset is prevalent with the “foreign” taxi drivers as well.

They live to see us (white Americans) FAIL and really hate this country.
It’s as simple as that.


7 posted on 03/13/2010 4:58:45 AM PST by homegroan (*Vote Squirrel 2012*!....ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: myknowledge

No, but the primary reason the cabs are such poor quality is the low pay associated with them. The drivers work 12 hour days, six or seven days a week. The attitude of the customers is no work of charity, either. The drivers also get cheated by passengers, and there’s really nothing that can be done about it. They get second guessed by the TLC and medallion system is a magnificent example of everything that is wrong with government sponsored monopoly.


8 posted on 03/13/2010 5:01:16 AM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
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To: myknowledge
"They're putting cameras in cabs, TVs in cabs -- why haven't they checked this?" asked Simone Simmons, 31, a marketing associate who rides cabs regularly from Manhattan to her home in the Soundview section of The Bronx. She said the trip sometimes cost $20, sometimes $30 -- at the same time of day, with the same traffic. "I must have lost thousands," she fumed. "I'm outraged."

You couldn't ask for more uninvolved customers though. Don't people ever check out the rates and pricing methods for taxi service?

I can't remember the last time I took a taxi, but every few years I do look into the cost for a particular ride and the details of how the pricing and meter process work, if I were a regular user, then I would know how the meter works, $20.00 and $30.00 for the same trip would get me involved.

9 posted on 03/13/2010 5:07:31 AM PST by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: myknowledge

Unexpected?


10 posted on 03/13/2010 5:12:53 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: homegroan
Well, the guy can talk all he wants but it is pretty hard to rip off all the white people when most of them don't go to the casinos and no one is forced to go.

Taxis, OTH, in cities like NYC are almost mandatory. You either take a taxi or subway or you don't get around. There is a reason many people in NYC don't own cars, and that is because it is a pain in the butt to own one there.

Your analogy(if that is what it is meant to be)between taxis and casinos sucks somewhat.

11 posted on 03/13/2010 5:13:14 AM PST by calex59
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To: myknowledge

The first thing I learned about cabbies is that they take a wild route which will up your fee. And that’s the way it is....


12 posted on 03/13/2010 5:20:11 AM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: JohnnyP

Exactly. Is this some kind of surprise?


13 posted on 03/13/2010 5:29:14 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: myknowledge

A different sort of mugging....


14 posted on 03/13/2010 5:31:29 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: myknowledge

With this many involved, these must be fleet and not owner operated cabs. This means that the fleet owners profited from this scam as well as the drivers. Will the city go after the fleet owners also?


15 posted on 03/13/2010 5:44:36 AM PST by Roccus (Hawaii Hall of Records safe from tsunami......Obama saddened.)
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To: myknowledge

In the days before unlimited long distance services it was the phone company that pulled this sort of low level trickery and depended on volume to make it profitable. Every month you would find little a fifty or sixty cent long distance call to a number I didn’t recognize. Most people never noticed it, those who did didn’t bother to investigate it since it was so little. But when they did that to thousands of customers, month after month, the take soon became pretty hefty.

I never saw official proof it was going on, but I sure noticed there was always at least one call on my bill that I was sure we hadn’t made.


16 posted on 03/13/2010 5:51:04 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: myknowledge

I bet the one of them that can speak English will say, “They new to country. Not know setting own fair a problem! How you say, Caveat Emptor?”


17 posted on 03/13/2010 5:52:21 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: myknowledge
Maybe I'm just hardened and cynical in my old age, but over-charging 2 million passengers to the tune of $8.3 million over the course of several years hardly sounds like a major scandal to me.

This is New York City we're talking about, folks. $8.3 million is about the size of the cost overrun on a single $10 million school renovation contract in NYC.

18 posted on 03/13/2010 5:55:39 AM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: jwparkerjr

Same thing with gas pumps that click off a few pennies before the gas flows.


19 posted on 03/13/2010 6:40:03 AM PST by soupbone1
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To: myknowledge

Actually, the reason they can get away with this is that NYC cab fares are low compared to other cities. If you are adding, say, 50 cents to a fare of 7 bucks, most passengers will never notice, because the fare still seems reasonable.


20 posted on 03/13/2010 6:45:54 AM PST by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: soupbone1
Don't you have to wonder just how many ways we are fleeced in our day to day lives? I expect that if we had an alarm that would go off anytime we're being duped online or in a transaction we would be startled at how often it sounds.

I have a bad habit of not counting change I get back. I just stuff it in my pocket and off I go. Part of that I think is my natural tendency to avoid conflict. What if it's not the right amount and the cashier gave me too little? Guess I just need to take a couple of classes in being assertive. But then I would have to take classes in self defense. Never mind.

21 posted on 03/13/2010 7:14:44 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: homegroan

Most of those drivers are Muslims and most from Pakistan Afghanistan. In NYC few taxi drivers are American born. Maybe 10-20%

Lots of Indian do view the Casinos as revenge on the white man. I don’t patronize them


22 posted on 03/13/2010 9:00:19 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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I don’t go to casinos either as a rule and when I lived in NYC, I either walked or took the subway.

All it took was one taxi ride where the guy didn’t speak English and when he took me to the wrong address, he started yelling at ME! I don’t know what he was saying, but he was pretty hot under his turban.

And I have never gambled, but I did go to the casino once to see a show. And the casino was packed with people just throwing their money away...it was sad really.


23 posted on 03/13/2010 9:10:31 AM PST by homegroan (*Vote Squirrel 2012*!....ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: myknowledge

So much fraud in the ground transportation industry, including taxi’s, airport shuttle vans, sedan cars, etc, that it would make most people recoil in utter disgust.


24 posted on 03/13/2010 9:14:57 AM PST by dragnet2 (Millions of unionized government employees are gang raping America)
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To: homegroan

Where I am the Indian casinos are paying zero taxes. They are in negotiations to offer to pay a pittance in taxes if the state agrees to let them have some very lucrative casino games. Them only and no one else

The race tracks here have slots and poker and are taxed up the wazoo. This is why I will never spend a dime w the Indians. They can take their bllsht sovereign nation crap and drop dead

The Indian casino has smoke eaters that clean up most of the cigarette smoke but there is always the lingering odor of dead disgusting cigarettes. The casino/slots at the racetrack is smoke free. I went to the Indian casino for the buffet a few times two years ago and I’m finished w them

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/mar/11/panel-hears-what-it-will-take-bring-gambling-reven/


25 posted on 03/13/2010 9:38:02 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: Alberta's Child
"Maybe I'm just hardened and cynical in my old age, but over-charging 2 million passengers to the tune of $8.3 million over the course of several years hardly sounds like a major scandal to me."

Death of a Thousand Cuts, given to those just hardened and cynical at any age!

26 posted on 03/13/2010 4:16:22 PM PST by Dacus943
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