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New York City taxi gang forces couple to pay $470 for 10-minute ride

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brownbear
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 Posted 1 year, 4 months ago

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Driver offers to drive this couple from JFK into Manhattan, ends up being a scammer and somehow fleecing them for $470. An age-old story, but this is a particularly egregious telling...

According to Nickels, they got in the car of a man who stood in the airport entrance and offered them a cab to their hotel. Nickels, from Derby, assumed it would go on the meter and cost $50.

Instead, the pair was led to a private car park away from the taxi rank and into a minibus driven by a second man.

"He started explaining to us that there were new toll fees for going between borough and over bridges," recalled Craig. "He then told me to take me to Manhattan it was going to be $900. Me and the Mrs couldn't believe what we were hearing. I told him to pull over."

"We only had $900 total. I panicked. I had the engagement ring in the back in the bags," he said. "I knew it was supposed to be 50 or 60 dollars but I started to get scared. There were two guys and I had no idea what they were going to do.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/new-york-taxi-gang-couple-pay-price-ride-minute-craig-nickels-ellie-austin-a8396161.html

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    cheesehead
    516 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    Man... I'm sorry, but this guy really could have gotten out of this. Ok, so he was worried that they'd drive off with their bags, including an engagement ring. Why didn't he just say "Ok, I'll pay you. My wallet is in my bag in the trunk, one sec."? And then just run. I mean, what is the driver gonna do, chase them on foot?

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    centurion
    31
     1 year ago

    I can totally sympathize with this couple. You're on vacation, in a foreign country, you don't really know how things work, and some nice seeming guys offers to sweep you off your feet and take care of your ride from the airport. You're tired from traveling, you have a weak moment. ANd the engagement ring being in the bag just adds to the problem.

    I hate to admit it but I could see myself falling for this under the right circumstances.

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      brownbear
      OP 599 Rider
       1 year ago

      Yeah. And maybe you even think you are getting a special deal. These con artists can be really charismatic sometimes and are experts at pulling one over like this.

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    sand_hanitizer
    16 Driver
     1 year ago

    Shoulda checked on RideGuru first :) Then they would have known those "tolls" were bogus and gotten out earlier.

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    ant
    122 Rider
     1 year ago

    Is it weird that the guy asked for $900, and they happened to have exactly $900?

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      bettyvanwhy
      175 Rider
       1 year ago

      I thought the same thing...

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      you_know_nothing
      42 Rider
       1 year ago

      Yes... that is weird. I wonder how it really went down. Probably just coincidence tho.

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    bob
    171 Rider
     1 year ago

    Such an embarrassing representation of the US of A

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    Bigfrank
    426 Rider Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    There is always someone willing to buy the Brookllyn Bridge and they are a perfect match. Next story please...