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December 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Long-hauling is a sinister scourge

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Discussions about long-hauling have been focused on its impact on unsuspecting tourists seeking a pleasant getaway experience in Las Vegas while even expecting to shell out a little extra money in the process.

What the public may not be aware of is that long-hauling affects locals, too. The experience for me was a sinister reminder that until you get to your intended destination, you are a hostage in a moving vehicle that’s not under your control. Moreover, you are subject to the whims of a taxi driver who’s intent on taking unearned money from your wallet, and you are helpless to do anything about it. As a victim of long-hauling, my story is likely not that unusual.

While my trip to McCarran International Airport was direct and uneventful, costing me $20, my return trip was anything but, perhaps reflecting my lack of traveling experience. Within a minute of exiting the airport, I knew something was wrong as the taxi was headed in the wrong direction. We both understood what was happening — I was in the process of being robbed. When I voiced my concern to the driver, he became belligerent, making matters about the outcome of my trip even worse. The cost of the trip home was $40, a 100 percent fare increase over what the fare should have been. Yes, there is a real need for remedial action.

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  1. In addition to Freeman's suggestion, get the cabby's name. Next time you call the taxi, specifically say you don't want him by name, and ask for another cabby instead.

    Carmine D

  2. Simply refuse to pay any over charge and challenge the cab driver to call the Taxicab Authority or police. He or she will never do that. It could cost the driver his/her job. Be aware that the TA has a presence at McCarran. Contact one of them. If that's not possible because of time constraints, jot down the date, time, cab drivers name, cab number & company and phone in a complaint to the TA and they will investigate your claim. The drivers trip sheet will back you up on the amount. It's not enough to whine in this forum. Man up and take some responsibility for not doing anything about being cheated. You will be doing others a great service.

  3. SHHHH! What happens here is supposed to stay here.

    It's bad enough when they cheat the tourists, but it gets really ugly when they cheat the locals too.