A store about taxi in ukraine
Today, I took a taxi across the City Center to the bus station to buy the bus ticket for tomorrow morning’s trip to Izmail, and when I offered the taxi driver 20 grivna (local Ukrainian currency), he balked as to why I was offering so small. I told him that I knew that 20 grivna was the normal price for this trip, and only then did he relent and tell me to get into the car. In this culture, you determine the price of your cab ride at the BEGINNING of your trip. So, this guy saw that I was a foreigner and was looking to take me to the cleaners.
Just last Wednesday night, my friends and I were leaving a bar and they wanted to go home. Well, we all decided on the spur of the moment to go to another bar that was still open at 4am. The taxi driver realized that we spoke English and we didn’t ask him for the price at the beginning of the trip. I would usually walk this trip, since it was only a 10 minute walk across the city center, but we drove since someone in our group had already called for a taxi. After we arrived (3 minutes later), the prick asked for 45 grivna (about $5.65) for a 3 minute taxi ride. I told him to go to $@##!!!. But, of course, I had people with me who are push-overs, and they ended up paying him 35 grivna – about $4.38.
You might not think that $1.30 is much to argue over, but I want you to be aware that you will be taken at every opportunity if you are not aware, and I want to help make you aware. Also, I just want to be charged fair market value for services rendered. That is all. So, I figure that there are some of you that would appreciate me trying to help you to not get taken to the cleaners. In my 37+ years in America, I always felt that arguing over a dollar was not worth my time. I could generate another dollar easier than trying to argue with someone over a dollar.
You can get anywhere in the city for about 25 grivna ($3.12), and long trips should be a max of 40 grivna ($5). I like the story about a translator that asked my friend for $50 dollars for taxi-fare to the airport. However, he had already been educated that that trip should cost no more than 40 grivna ($5), so this act finally woke him up to the fact that he was being taken to the cleaners, and he was able to stop his losses and change his approach to finding a girl. Prior to that moment, he had been defending the behavior of the girl and the translator that he had come to meet. Also, I find that guys are justifying allowing themselves to be taken to the cleaners. That just cracks me up. That is why I am here…….to help you WAKE UP!!!