How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Boston Cabbies
Spring is here! Kind of.
For many of us New-Englanders, we pride ourselves on our ability to live in this cold weather. We believe it makes us tougher than those wimps living down in Florida. But after returning from spring break in whatever warm place you went, or living vicariously through Instagram pictures, many of us may be wondering: why do we do this to ourselves?
Despite our rugged New England nature, when we’re our fed up with the freezing weather, sometimes a cab is the best option. With that being said, there are a couple guidelines to follow before grabbing that cab, or else your bank will take a beating and you’ll be wishing you sucked it up and walked.
- Look up your route: If you are pre-planning a trip, Google map your trip to ensure your going the most direct route. Cabbies see college-age kids as an easy target to rip off, especially if you’re looking notably cold and desperate on the sidewalk. They will take you for a tour of Boston if you don’t at least sound like you know what you are talking about. If you’re anything like me, you’re directionally challenged and fall asleep like an infant during every car ride rather than paying attention to your surroundings. So while in the cab, put your destination in Google maps and play back-seat driver to the cabbie. The cabbie might hate you, but you could save yourself ten bucks.
- Know when to shut up: If you have had a great night out and are a little intoxicated, try not to make it obvious to your cabbie. You can be friendly, but asking him to blare Ke$ha while you and your friends stick your head out the window might be a telling sign. Once a cabbie figures out you’re drunk, they also think you’re oblivious to your surroundings. In cases like this they may offer to turn off the meter and say something like: “20 dollars to bring you back.” I know you’re cold, drunk, and Dominos is calling your name, but you’ll regret it tomorrow morning. Try just talking quietly in the back instead.
- Avoid certain topics: If you are a cabbie in Boston and you pick up an Emmanuel student outside of their small private college, chances are they are going to assume you have Daddy’s credit card in your pocket. Speaking as someone that doesn’t get that awesome perk, try to avoid talking about certain things while in a cab. For example, saying how much you hate your iPhone 4, and want the 5 is probably not the best idea. This is not to say that all Emmanuel students are well off, or living of their parent’s money, but try not to fall into the stereotype.