Originally Posted by globetrotter
a few months ago a business partner of mine from austria came out to meet me in rome, and her taxi driver overchanged her for the ride by about 30 or 40 euro, and then also claimed that the 100 euro note she gave him was a 50.
This is why you negotiate the price up front, and never pay until you and your bags (I keep mine in the back seat with me for this very reason) are out of the car. Preferably, you hold out the note, (outside the front window) and say "Just give me X amount", and cash changes hands simultaneously. I didn't follow my own advice in LA once. Bad idea. Some cabbie had his meter turned off (always a bad sign, but I figured that we could work out an arrangement favorable to all.) When we arrived at my destination (a corner, I hardly ever specify an address except when I really don't know a city), he asked for $20 for a ten block ride. I told him I'd give him 5. He got angry and threatened to drop me off somewhere I didn't want to go, and started driving. I opened both back doors, and stomped him in the back of the head (the partition was already a little broken, and it became a lot broken). He stopped the car and let me out, then circled the block twice to see where I was going. I threw a convenient stone at the side of his car, and he did not come back. I did not pay for the ride. I do not enjoy it when people try to rip me off. And sometimes not particularly tough looking Asian hipster dudes are more ornery than they seem.