Re: [78attendees] WARNING: Taxis in Brussels

"Eric Vyncke (evyncke)" <evyncke@cisco.com> Fri, 30 July 2010 18:10 UTC

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From: "Eric Vyncke (evyncke)" <evyncke@cisco.com>
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Brussels is like all other cities.

In this case, I would have done what I did once in London: leave the taxi without paying.

-éric

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 78attendees-bounces@ietf.org [mailto:78attendees-bounces@ietf.org] On
> Behalf Of Adam Roach
> Sent: vendredi 30 juillet 2010 20:01
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> Subject: [78attendees] WARNING: Taxis in Brussels
> 
> 
>   For the few of you who haven't made the transition yet...
> 
> I just arrived in Brussels via train. When we got here, the wait for the
> transfer to the (10-minute) airport train was 54 minutes, so two of us
> decided to take a taxi out to the airport area. The total drive took
> about 8 minutes, and it was our understanding -- albeit through a bit of
> a language barrier -- that the driver expected the trip to be
> approximately €5.00 each (which is in line with what we were paying for
> cabs in and around Maastricht).
> 
> I was dropped off first. My traveling companion just called from his
> nearby hotel to let me know that the driver demanded €50.00 when they
> got there. To top it off, the cab driver claimed to be out of receipts,
> so we're now stuck with a €50.00 charge that we can't be reimbursed for.
> 
> The car was quite credibly a taxi, with official-looking signage and a
> permanently-attached lighted "Taxi" sign on top. It was so convincing
> that I'm still not certain whether we were swindled, or whether the
> taxis in the the area really are that expensive. But any rational
> analysis of the price keeps pushing be back toward this being a shake-down.
> 
> The take-away lesson here -- and it's one that I've known, but never
> thought would need to apply to somewhere like Brussels -- is to make
> certain you locate and examine whatever licensing certificate a
> purported taxi driver has been issued by the local authorities before
> you get in the cab.
> 
> /a
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