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Old 06-14-2014   #16 (permalink)
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Yikes!!! I lived right there for almost 4 months,,,10th ave and 44th. There is a OXXO on the corner of 10th and 46 (CTM). That is a very busy area,,,all night long!!!!
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The issue that seems alarming to me is whether or not these hit men care if the taxi has a fare-paying passenger in the back. Being that it is a hit, it is probably quite planned out and coordinated - and there likely isn't much room for a change in plans if the situation isn't to their liking (like a foreigner in the back seat of their target).
Agree, and I think it's highly unlikely that hit men would give a hoot about any
passengers. Really scary to me, I get motion sickness very easily and I usually ride in the front.
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The issue that seems alarming to me is whether or not these hit men care if the taxi has a fare-paying passenger in the back. Being that it is a hit, it is probably quite planned out and coordinated - and there likely isn't much room for a change in plans if the situation isn't to their liking (like a foreigner in the back seat of their target).
I would not think that the "perpetrators" would want to have the "targeted hit" involve tourist or others not involved with the "problem" to be caught up in this.
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I would not think that the "perpetrators" would want to have the "targeted hit" involve tourist or others not involved with the "problem" to be caught up in this.
They definitely wouldn't want them to be involved. No doubt about that. Whether or not they would abort their mission if one became involved is another story.
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Next time I'll ask the taxi driver to roll his shirt up before arguing with him about the fare.
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Old 06-14-2014   #21 (permalink)
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Yikes!!! I lived right there for almost 4 months,,,10th ave and 44th. There is a OXXO on the corner of 10th and 46 (CTM). That is a very busy area,,,all night long!!!!

This did not happen at CTM (Calle 46). It happened at Colosio (Avenida 72?) and Avenida 10.
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Old 06-14-2014   #22 (permalink)
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I still don't think it matters where it happened....

I would not want to be the "potential" passenger in the taxi. Being selfish, I'm going to say. That' s why we stay at Playa Maya. We have never had to take a cab anywhere since we started staying there. Do I have a problem with cab drivers? You want to believe it. Cozumel, Isla Mujeres; all big time. My husband would always say, "let it go, just pay" Would I listen: no. Solution: stay close to fifth on the beach and walk to Wah Wah, Bad Boys, El Fogon, Dirty Martini, Beer Bucket, and several of the other bars and restaurants.
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I have to say I find it interesting that you joined the forum just to post this, but your information isn't quite right. The shooting was at 10th avenue and Avenida Colosio, not CTM.

Bad guys killing bad guys, it's sad, but I am happy no civilians were hurt.

*EDIT: I was wrong--the info I got last night said Ave. Colosio. It was CTM. Carry on.
What difference does it make that someone recently joined the forum and posted this? If it happened (which it did), it is newsworthy and appropriate to post here.
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I would not want to be the "potential" passenger in the taxi. Being selfish, I'm going to say. That' s why we stay at Playa Maya. We have never had to take a cab anywhere since we started staying there. Do I have a problem with cab drivers? You want to believe it. Cozumel, Isla Mujeres; all big time. My husband would always say, "let it go, just pay" Would I listen: no. Solution: stay close to fifth on the beach and walk to Wah Wah, Bad Boys, El Fogon, Dirty Martini, Beer Bucket, and several of the other bars and restaurants.
Sorry to have to say this, but your post is absolutely correct. Taxi drivers are a hit-or-miss bunch - there are lots of good ones, but there are enough poor-to-bad ones who can spoil the fun in a hurry. Avoid them.

First off, they have no training at all in driving, safety, customer relations, or much of anything else. They drive too fast, ride the clutch, weave in and out, pass on the right, tailgate, and generally endanger your life without a second thought because it's normal here and they simply do not know any better. And, sorry to say, the colectivo drivers and Tucsa bus drivers are just as bad, except they do it with a whole van or bus-full of helpless passengers.

Are there good taxi and collective drivers? Yes, many. The problem is that you don't know who's who. After years of suffering through all of this, my response now is to immediately speak up and politely but firmly tell the driver to slow down (mas despacio, por favor), don't tailgate (mas distancia, por favor), be more careful (mas cuidado, por favor), and so on - don't wait for their driving to suddenly improve while you're driving along - it won't. And if they don't comply (many do, but some don't), immediately tell them to stop and let you out (aqui, por favor). Do not pay them anything. Flag down the next taxi, van or bus, and be on your way.

When you find a good, courteous, attentive taxi driver (there are many), memorize the taxi number on the side of the car, ask for his name and business card - many have business cards, and conduct tours, etc. - then when you need a cab, call him on his cell phone and have him pick you up. There are some great taxi drivers here, and they are well worth their fee (and more) - although it's a little more time consuming to do it this way, it's the safest way to go. You only get one life - take care of it while you're here here by finding and acknowledging drivers who are willing and able to help you do it. Suerte!
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Old 06-14-2014   #25 (permalink)
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Could some of you who use certain drivers all the time pass the name(s) onto us, maybe PM the name and number?
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Not a good time to be a taxi driver that works for the cartel and screws them.
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Old 06-15-2014   #27 (permalink)
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Last night there was a line up of police on 10th Ave checking all the taxi drivers.
Beam-eye, I hate to be critical but I don't see how it is really going to work to get a taxis number and call them unless it is to the airport. So you call them, either they answer while they are driving someone, endangering everyone around or you leave a message because they are busy. They may drop someone off and then check their messages, but normally taxis drop someone off and then search out the next customer. If they do happen to get your message then they need to come to where you are. Chances are they are at Plaza Las Americas and you are on 22nd St. So now either they need to find someone going near your area to keep the meter running sort of speaking and then get you or drive over empty and get you, loosing 25 or more pesos. So unless you work out some deal for fast service and pay over double, I don't see how practical it is to call a taxi. I do agree there are a lot of unprofessional taxi drivers but no good solution except drive yourself.
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Last night there was a line up of police on 10th Ave checking all the taxi drivers.
Beam-eye, I hate to be critical but I don't see how it is really going to work to get a taxis number and call them unless it is to the airport. So you call them, either they answer while they are driving someone, endangering everyone around or you leave a message because they are busy. They may drop someone off and then check their messages, but normally taxis drop someone off and then search out the next customer. If they do happen to get your message then they need to come to where you are. Chances are they are at Plaza Las Americas and you are on 22nd St. So now either they need to find someone going near your area to keep the meter running sort of speaking and then get you or drive over empty and get you, loosing 25 or more pesos. So unless you work out some deal for fast service and pay over double, I don't see how practical it is to call a taxi. I do agree there are a lot of unprofessional taxi drivers but no good solution except drive yourself.
I get your point about not calling a driver while he's driving - your point makes sense to me - but there's no good way around it that I know of. Call, don't text. If the driver you call doesn't answer (or he's busy) call the next one on the list. Leaving a voice message is OK if you're not in a hurry, but I usually just call the next number.

I didn't mention before (but should have) that drivers here text and jabber on the phone while driving, even though both are illegal. The taxi and colectivo drivers also love to play on their company CB radios while speeding along driving with one hand, maybe even just a knee, talking aimlessly and joking with the dispatcher the whole trip. Tell him to 'hang up and drive' (cuelge y manajar con las dos manos, por favor), as one of my favorite US bumper stickers says. If he doesn't stop, tell him to let you out. Don't pay. Walk or flag down another. One taxista actually told me it was his job to drive fast and jerky - I told him his job was to do what I told him to do, or let me out. He let me out - no fuss, no bother. (He didn't get paid.)

If the taxi you call is too far away, or otherwise engaged, they'll tell you. Obviously, it usually takes longer to get a cab by calling than it does to simply flag one down, but if your safety is more important than getting there in a hurry, call a driver you trust.

Otherwise, take your chances and flag one down - you may get a good one (they're not all bad - in fact most are at least 'OK', but they are all 'untrained' (no 'Drivers Ed' here), so you take your chances. I do it all the time, because (unless I stop and think about it) I still have the confused vestigial urban notion that I'm in a hurry to get someplace - in fact, just from the fact that I live here instead of somewhere else, I'm actually seldom in a hurry to get anywhere - which is the whole point, really. Sometimes, I just have to stop and remind myself of that. So, why drive with an untrained nitwit if you can spend an extra 5 or 10 minutes waiting for a driver you trust?
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Could some of you who use certain drivers all the time pass the name(s) onto us, maybe PM the name and number?
Here's a short list (in no particular order). Taxistas come and go, often seasonally (no longer working, or won't be back until next month, or next November, or next year, etc.), have days off, change phone numbers, or work only day shifts (usually from 6-7 AM to 3-4 PM) or only night shifts (from about 4-5 PM till 4-5 AM). These were all good drivers, and good phone numbers, as of the last time I used them, but I make no representation as to their current 'goodness', skills, availability, or phone numbers. Call till you find one that works for you.

Jose Manuel: 984-197-4071

Avil: 984-143-6897

Eddie: 984-116-9067

Eduardo: 984-131-0845

Juan: 984-128-0128

Mario: 984-115-3658

Caesar: 984-143-4654

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Old 06-15-2014   #30 (permalink)
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Could some of you who use certain drivers all the time pass the name(s) onto us, maybe PM the name and number?
Paula, I have a couple of names I can give you when you get here.
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