Taxi Cab Drivers Busted!
GPS Tracking Devices Show Drivers Rip Customers Off
Anyone who has ever visited Chicago or New York understands the important job taxi cabs serve a major metropolitan city. Finding a parking place in the city is nearly impossible, unless you want to pay $25 for 2 hours of parking and put your vehicle in a parking structure. Thankfully, taxi cabs provide the cost-effective solution to moving around the city quickly and effectively without having to stress out about parking, parallel parking and expensive parking structures. Unfortunately, a recent review by the Taxi and Limousine Commission discovered that taxi cab drivers were doing more than simply driving passengers from point A to point B, but were pulling off a million dollar heist on unsuspecting customers. In fact, the commission revealed in a report that taxi cab drivers in New York overcharged customers approximately $8.5 million dollars on roughly 2 million dollar trips! One of the most disturbing finds in the report published by the commission stated that over 75% of the nearly 45,000 taxi cabs working inside New York City ripped off at least one customer!
How the commission came across the scandal was through the use of GPS tracking technology. Often used for various fleet management applications, GPS car tracking units can accurately determine a wide-variety of location-based data. The data from the GPS trackers was used by the commission to calculate whether or not the cab drivers were fairly charging customers.
You Dirty Freaking Cab Drivers!
Although cab drivers and taxis serve a purpose in city-life society, the event of riding in a cab is often a less than pleasurable experience. First of all, it seems like every cab smells like moldy cheese, and the driver's scent is even worse. However, as passengers we deal with these little dirty inconveniences because we need transportation because heaven forbid we might have to walk two city blocks. Now passengers can add getting ripped off to the growing list of reasons not to ride in cab.
Have you ever drove in a cab and had an interesting experience? Did you not pay the cab driver, run out of the cab and watch as the overweight driver scrambled in a clumsy fashion to chase you, quickly giving up due to shortness of breath after 8 steps? Have you ever had sex in a cab? Apparently, a lot of people do...think about that next you are sitting in the backseat of your taxi!
Source: NY Daily News