Just got off the phone with my girlfriend (she is 29). She is returning from her holiday vacation and just landed at the Islip Long Island Airport. To catch the train back to NYC, there is a 3 mile taxi or shuttle ride to the train station...
So she just related her story to me: It was 9:55 pm she was in a rush to catch the 10:10 pm train. Waiting for the next train would mean another hour in the cold. There are several Long Island Taxis waiting at the terminal, but say the fare is $30. Being a resident and having taken taxis before she knows the fare is $5. They were lying to her and breaking the law! She and another man going on the same train negotiate with the driver and pay $10 each and go. She made the train.
Long Island Taxis are vultures and she knows it! Taxis are vultures everywhere!
What bothers me is she blindly got in a dangerous taxi: a driver she knew was lying to her and put her faith and safety in his hands. She didn't even write down his license plate, medallion, or his name to make a complaint!
She allowed herself to become a victim of his price gouging and failed to take the info needed to make a complaint. I believe that she, as a local resident, has a duty to help keep these taxi drivers honest.
Residents must not allow themselves to be victims and must report crimes or bad guys are allowed to run free.
I should also mention that last year, a friend of hers (also a girl in her 20's) was taking a taxi on Long Island to her home and was sexually assaulted. I'll spare you the details. Granted it was traumatic for her, but she failed to get his license plate #, name, or even call the police. Her roommates called for her, but she had no info to give and didn't want to peruse it out of embarrassment.
If only my girlfriend could see that if locals don't help regulate these vultures then there is no one to stop them. Before I get into any taxi, I write down the plate #, the drivers name, company, and medallion. I take a clear look at the driver and ask the price to where i am going and how long it will take. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid an occasional taxi ride around here. So its a danger she and I have to face.
Sorry for the long post, just ranting a little. I think i will have a talk with her and try to get her to see the light. Considering that I actually like her and want to keep her, anyone have any tactful ideas on how I should bring it up with her?