Saturday, May 07, 2005

Mumbai and its taxi drivers !!!

I had to make a trip to Mumbai. I landed in Kurla station and this taxi guy kept taggig along and asking me where I wanted to go. Ignoring him, I reached the taxi stand. He kept nagging me and against my better judgement, I decided to go with that guy. (I am still wondering why the hell I did that!)
We had to go to Vile Parle. Normally, I would go via Andheri, but this guy said that road is blocked and took me through Sion , Bandra and the whole works ! (For those of you who dont know Bombay, this is a round about route). When I got down at my destination, the bill was 400 bucks !!! This guy was looting me and I could not do anything about it.
I got down and paid him 400 and walked into the apartment. He came back and gave me back a 100 and said, "Give me a different note. This is torn.". I took that from him. My dad came and took out a 500. He then gave back 300 bucks (the original amt I gave him). When I asked him for the 100 change for the 500, he said that I have already given that you.
And That is when Hell broke loose !!! I lost my cool then.
Its bad enough that he was cheating me on the meter; but this was going way beyond greedy. There ensued a heated argument with me and my dad on one side and this guy acting like a smart ass on the other side.
My dad got into his vehicle and said, lets go to the police station. He did not bother and got it. My dad took his vehicle key and came out !!
This was getting worse. I was tired and hungry and wanted to end this.
I just noted down his number and told him to go with the money. I will report him to the station. ( My phone battery was dead and I coulc not call then).
Then, the guy realised it was time to give away the 100 and go with what he had looted initially. He gave back the 100 and asked me for the paper where I had noted down the number; I just ignored him and walked off.
And that was the beginning to the Mumbai trip.
But thankfully the rest of the trip was fine !

When I told my friends about this, they said that this us very common in Mumbai.
So, all you people out there, beware of these taxi drivers.

12 Comments:

Blogger keerthi said...

i was in Mumbai last year. And i thought the taxi guys were the best. No bargains.. nothing extra on meters.. the system seemed clean ( i was in coloba and did not take much of big trips, except from Coloba to BKC and airport).

Atleast they are better than the guys in chennai. I've never seen something called Meter in chennai..

Monday, May 09, 2005 8:24:00 AM  
Blogger Prabz said...

huh.. thats really a terrific one.. 400 rupees is way too much!! :o

Monday, May 09, 2005 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

It's taxi drivers or auto drivers...one of them is bound to loot you regarless of which part of India you go to. :-)

Monday, May 09, 2005 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger Shyam said...

Hmmm... I thought Bombay transport in general was more professional (business-like) than that - but looks like they're just more professional bandits! They're blatant thieves, these auto drivers and taxi drivers. Bangalore used to be good, but now with all the Tamil auto drivers who have migrated there, B'lore autos are almost as bad as Chennai. Shame!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Joey Tribbiani said...

Hmmm... I may sound harsh.. but YOU asked for it.. the taxi guy and the way he behaved. He was smart and he gave you what you asked for..

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Lone Warrior said...

I heard a story whre the chennai auto guy takes a person who is new to the city from Chennai central to Government hospital (Which is right opposite to the central) for 100 bucks!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 1:40:00 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

GIVE him the Pep.Spray !!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 10:09:00 PM  
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