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Video: Tourist has just two words (repeatedly) for cabby who won't turn on the meter

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15 minutes ago, shaurene said:

I can only see one reason for them not turning the metre on. They are working for the owner of the cab and they are pocketing the  fare. 

Turning the "metre" on....that's what I call going the extra yard....in metric!

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9 hours ago, THAILIBAN said:

 

Gen PRAYUT some months ago said that unless those plentiful scams vanish, the fares won't be raised

 

So thoughtful of him to punish all taxi drivers for the scams that the police orchestrate.

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Monday noon, outside the Grand Palace, my Thai wife and I tried to get a meter taxi back to our Bangkok hotel about 15 - 20 minutes drive away. No luck. Taxi drivers were quoting us their SET price to our hotel, which was almost 1/2 the cost of a taxi ride all the way to Pattaya from the airport for gawds sake .

 

We went to the tent with 2 army uniformed staff and asked for their help. One soldier came over and spoke to the first taxi driver in the lineup asking that he use his meter. The driver just smiled and drove off empty - probably circled the block and back in line with NO METER again.  The soldier looked at us and smiled as he shrugged.

 

No license number taken, no fine, no reprimand. No enforcement whatsoever. 

Bangkok has become Greedy and Hopeless !!!!!

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1 minute ago, Bluespunk said:

If something has been consistent throughout it is consistent.

 

So much for your allegations of editing posts to change the appearance of my views eh...

No.  Argument by tautology doesn't cut it.

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19 hours ago, Kieran00001 said:

 

And do you think you could make as much as 50 baht an hour driving a taxi in Bangkok?

depends on what comission rate the taxi company takes off the meter,

I know what it is in a few other countries but not Thailand

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On 26/02/2018 at 11:47 AM, Matt96 said:

no I dont want to show tough. I want to punish. its not the same

But what would your measured punishment response be in this instance? Physical assault.

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2 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

A: Post 307 was a response to your comment on my “coming round to your position”. I have done no such thing. 

 

B: coming round to something is a deliberate act. As I don’t know your position (because I don’t care), I cannot come round to it. 

<deleted> guys, I m not even old and I needed an aspirin trying to work out who was quoting who

What are you guys even arguing about, I gave up after two lines

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

I find that in Bangkok, I am always able to get a taxi willing to use the meter. Sometimes I have to shine on one or two or three taxis, before I find one that will use the meter. But, I do it with calmness and respect. Best way to approach life here. Water off a ducks back. Why be upset over a taxi driver who will not use his meter? There are hundreds more. Why all the anxiety? 

Because it shouldnt be like that....

a tourist should feel safe and not have to negotiate on using a metered service, and to get ripped off, whether its $1 or $10

 

Call me naive, but thats my view,

 

too many tourists get ripped off, and they'll stop coming, so dont bite the hand that feeds you

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6 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

Yet you felt obliged to join in ...sigh. 

nope, would never have joined in,

I read most stuff, in case I can learn something

 

these forums have taught me heaps, and I dont even in Thailand, nor do I have a thai partner

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19 minutes ago, hellohello123 said:

Because it shouldnt be like that....

a tourist should feel safe and not have to negotiate on using a metered service, and to get ripped off, whether its $1 or $10

 

Call me naive, but thats my view,

 

too many tourists get ripped off, and they'll stop coming, so dont bite the hand that feeds you

You know I used to feel that way. Now, I am starting to believe that it does not matter. The Chinese are filling to void. And they are willing to take all kinds of abuse, just like they do at home, from a horrifically corrupt and cruel government, and from a hugely overpopulated environment. I think compared to China, Thailand must feel like heaven for alot of them. 

 

The shame of that equation is that at least up until now, they do not spend as much, per capita, as well heeled Western tourists, who used to spend anywhere between $150 and $2,000 a day. Alot of westerners have more or less abandoned Thailand. There are too many alternatives these days. The neighbors are trying harder, and are far more progressive in their mentality. That is a difficult result for the Thais, who are in the tourism industry. Most Chinese are budget travelers, at least so far. Let us see what happens.

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9 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

You know I used to feel that way. Now, I am starting to believe that it does not matter. The Chinese are filling to void. And they are willing to take all kinds of abuse, just like they do at home, from a horrifically corrupt and cruel government, and from a hugely overpopulated environment. I think compared to China, Thailand must feel like heaven for alot of them. 

 

The shame of that equation is that at least up until now, they do not spend as much, per capita, as well heeled Western tourists, who used to spend anywhere between $150 and $2,000 a day. Alot of westerners have more or less abandoned Thailand. There are too many alternatives these days. The neighbors are trying harder, and are far more progressive in their mentality. That is a difficult result for the Thais, who are in the tourism industry. Most Chinese are budget travelers, at least so far. Let us see what happens.

I read somewhere that the chinese do spend just as much as western tourists, but in different areas, eg tours, food and hotels and less on sex,

but dont quote me on that,

 

if they make thailand too unattractive for tourists eventually the industry will suffer and the thais will only have themselves to blame,

its easy to get complaceant and cocky when everything is going fine, but you do really have to plan in advance,

something probably asians arent that good at.

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On 2/26/2018 at 2:15 AM, theguyfromanotherforum said:

Another British chav in Bangkok.

 

Holding the traffic and making everyone wait in line because his sorry behind was offended.

 

There are better ways to deal with this.

 

What an epic loser.

 

 

 

 

On the limited vocabulary it seems unfair to name him as British.......he could be Australian, South African etc 

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8 minutes ago, hellohello123 said:

I read somewhere that the chinese do spend just as much as western tourists, but in different areas, eg tours, food and hotels and less on sex,

but dont quote me on that,

 

if they make thailand too unattractive for tourists eventually the industry will suffer and the thais will only have themselves to blame,

its easy to get complaceant and cocky when everything is going fine, but you do really have to plan in advance,

something probably asians arent that good at.

Was that something you read, by any chance published by the TAT? Be careful what you read here. There is alot of misinformation out there. The government has invested heavily in this campaign to bring ten million Chinese tourists a year here, and there is alot at stake and an awful lot of face to be lost if it all goes belly up. Already all of the major airports are working beyond capacity. When you add in the highways, and other infrastructure, there could easily come a time when the country simply cannot support more Chinese tourists. What then? 

 

I hear from alot of people who are in the tourism industry, that the Chinese tourists are a pale shadow of the western tourists they used to deal with, when it comes to spending money. Sure, there are some Chinese who come here with real money. But, alot are on super budget tours, and few Thai people see the baht pouring in from them. 

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Life is a bargaining table. Don't like the price move on. There are better deals next person.

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