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Old 03-14-2014   #421 (permalink)
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I've got an oddly particular taxi question.

If i were to get a taxi from Grand Mayan, would it be a Playa del Carmen taxi?

I'm asking because I was planning on coming down for 2 weeks in August after I take the bar exam, spending 1 week in Playa and then a week with my mom and kids at the Grand Mayan. Well, I hate the Grand Mayan and figured, well, its close to Puerto Morelos, so I can just taxi it there for days. Just found out the taxi rate from PM to the Grand Mayan is 400 pesos…which is insane considering a taxi from Grand Mayan to Playa is only 225. I can't remember if they summoned a certain taxi company cause if it was a Playa taxi it would be much less to get to PM, then it would be for the trip back.

I'm not even sure if my question makes sense. I'm just a little mind boggled at how pricey the PM taxis are.
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There is a taxi syndicate in Puerto Morelos. I took a taxi from a hotel in PM back to the airport, and it was something nutty like $50, for a 15 minute ride.
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There is a taxi syndicate in Puerto Morelos. I took a taxi from a hotel in PM back to the airport, and it was something nutty like $50, for a 15 minute ride.
Yeah, so I've read. Thats why I'm wondering if the taxi that I would pick up at Grand Mayan (to Puerto Morelos) would be the Playa taxi. I don't remember them asking where we were going before the called the taxi and I only clearly remember the Playa taxis being there, but I just don't remember if the other taxi companies were there on property.
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so what is the fare now to/from Playacar that used to be 50p?
I paid 70 pesos from sandos playacar to playa getting off just before Juarez back in July of 2013...driver said rates went up.
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I paid 70 pesos from sandos playacar to playa getting off just before Juarez back in July of 2013...driver said rates went up.
The rate went up to 70 pesos three years ago
And just an FYI...it's not just 70 pesos to Zone 1. It's also 70 pesos within Playacar.
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Like you're going to get less than published fare for a taxi. Yep. Sure ya are.
You ask and it will be double or triple. You state the correct fare and they drive off.
You realize that the locals don't tip. It's not the custom.
Stand on a corner with a local who needs to get to work. Who does the taxi stop for? The non-tipping local or the tipping gringa?
Last time w were there we went to a movie at Plaza Americanas or whatever. When we left, we got into the lineup for a cab. When we were behind an older Mexican man with two young children and a bunch of bags of groceries, a cab pulls up but not all the way up, cabby gets out and motions at us to come to the cab. We said no, pull up properly and take "este hombre y hijos" first, and he kept trying to say no. The father in front of us started saying "okay, okay, you take it." but we just said no way. The cabby actually then just drove away empty! We were pissed. We apologized, although it wasn't our particular fault, it was our fault as overpaying tourists, and we felt badly.
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Hi I'm in Playa now after an absence of a few years and my experience with the taxis the past few days have been mostly good. I am staying in Colosio around Calle 104 close to Av. 10 in an apartment. The published fare is 30 pesos and that's what I pay and I've done it multiple times now without asking first. I just pay and get out. No problems whatsoever! Not even a dirty look or a complaint. And I don't give a tip either, unless they did something exceptional.

I must agree that the sitios in and around quinta avenida are pretty bad.At the ADO station, they wanted 50 pesos to take me to the apartment and I accepted it since I had tons of luggage. At Mega, they also would not go below 50 and I had a cart full of groceries. At 5 av and Constituyentes two nights ago,I told them at the sitio that I wanted to go to calle 104. They told me 100 pesos. I told him he's nuts. I walked a block and took a passing taxi and paid the 30 pesos no problem.

I could never be mistaken for anything but a gringo, but I do speak Spanish (at an intermediate level more than enough to give a taxista directions) and maybe it's because I am going to and from a very local residential area of Playa. Maybe it's because when I get in the taxi and give directions without asking "cuanto es" it makes me look confident. It could be a combination of all three, but I have not had a single problem yet with paying the published fares when hailing a taxi on the street.
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And you thought YOU had problems...

Taxi, taxi, who needs a taxi...?

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Yahoo News - 18 March 2014
Woman charged $787.33 for two-mile cab ride

A college student from Winnetka, Illinois jumped into a cab for a short ride to a restaurant in downtown Chicago, but instead of a couple dollars, she was charged almost $800.

In December, 20-year-old Becky Siegel was running late to meet friends at the Sweetwater Tavern and Grille, so she went immediately from the Metra train to a cab at the Ogilvie Transportation Center. The restaurant was less than two miles from the station and Becky’s mother, Susan Siegel, told WFLD Fox 32 News, "He was apparently very friendly and chatty, and was talking about pedestrians crossing where they shouldn't." Once she arrived at her destination, the student asked the cab driver if she could use her credit card for the fare. “He gave her a price and she thinks it was, you know, under ten dollars,” explained Susan. “And so she said, ‘Can I use a credit card?’ And he said, ‘Oh, my swiper isn't working. Here give it to me and I'll do it on my Square." The Square device and app allow merchants to charge customers through a mobile device. Becky handed over her credit card, told the driver to add a $2 tip, and signed the app. Becky told the Chicago Tribune, "I guess I didn't pay attention or I didn't look…I just signed my name with my finger and I left."

The problem was, as Susan Siegel found out while reviewing her transactions, instead of a charge under $12, the card was charged a whopping $787.33. Ms. Siegel contacted Visa customer service to dispute the charge, but because Becky had signed off on the transaction, a refund was refused. The Chicago Police department told Siegel that there was nothing they could do about it either. Angry about what transpired, Siegel contacted the driver, Ali Ghazanfari, for a resolution. Instead the cab driver stood behind the nearly $800 charge.

Ghazanfari’s tune changed when Siegel got in touch with the Chicago Tribune’s, “What’s Your Problem?” problem solvers. They reached out to the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. "I remember exactly what happened,” the driver told the Tribune. I made a mistake on the fare." Ms. Siegel said, "He called me two or three times, and he was in a panic. What I do know is that he is really sorry that he got caught."

Ghazanfari said he made efforts to contact Square and his bank to refund the Siegels’ money but because the company had only the last four digits of their credit card, that was not possible. Another request to Visa by Ghazanfari and Siegel working together, was unsuccessful. Mika Stambaugh, a spokesperson for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, said that they contacted Square and the company promised to send Siegel a check for $787.33 by the end of this week. Stambaugh added, "Our department has suspended his public chauffeur license pending this investigation… He cooperated with us but he's not in the country so we still have a few unresolved issues pertaining to this case.”

So how can you avoid incidents like this from happening to you? Ms. Stambaugh explained that, "The problem here was that Square is a non an approved device. So we want to urge people to use the front and back mounted credit card device payment systems in our cabs and that's it." She also said that passengers should never allow their credit card to leave their hands and if it does, to contact 3-1-1. Finally, a lesson that Becky Siegel learned the hard way, always double check the final charges before signing a credit card receipt.
As Yogi Berra would say: 'I would've edited the damn thing down, but it's too long.'

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Thanks! I was so tired after reading it that I just gave up - too long for me. (I see I left out a word in the Yogi Berra faux quote, so I went back and put it in.)

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What should I expect to pay for a taxi from Mimi Del Mar (Calle 4) to Mega and and back?

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What should I expect to pay for a taxi from Mimi Del Mar (Calle 4) to Mega and and back?

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If from a queue, 30 pesos each way.
Hailing a taxi on the street, 20 pesos each way.
Expect....not necessarily reality.
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Cheap enough. Thanks.

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If from a queue, 30 pesos each way.
Hailing a taxi on the street, 20 pesos each way.
Expect....not necessarily reality.
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