Saturday, September 03, 2005

Rant: Cranky cabbies

Dear Mr Dubai Transport Taxi Driver, the next time you arrive at my destination and realise you do not have enough change for my Dhs 100 note, you will not sit and glare at your steering wheel like it is my fault. This sort of behaviour does not make me want to voluntarily offer to go and find some change at the nearest place with tills for you.

Furthermore, you will not groan and rather tactlessly suggest I go and find change myself, despite rummaging around my pockets and wallet to gather loose change and small notes only six dirhams short of the full fare.

When you finally do give up and go and find some change, do not slide back into the car, hand me my change and sit still, expecting me to let you keep the remaining few fils as a tip. Generally a tip is rewarded for good service, not a shoddy menopausal one.

Apart from that, the Madinat was great.


Blogger Magnus Nystedt said...

I don't mind tipping, and sometimes tipping well, if a service has been carried out to my satisfaction. But when cabbies and others more or less demand a tip on top of the price, I don't like it at all. If I feel that's the case I tend to not tip just out of principle. It seems simple to me - do your job well and satisfy me as your customer and I'll give you a bit extra, do it poorly and I will not.

6:49 pm GTS  
Blogger BS said...

I hear u!!Riding a cab here can be really frustrating when you don't have the right change. I mean these people are expected to carry enough change instead of expecting us to have the exact change to avoid causing them "inconvenience"!And what I hate even more is when they take the longest way possible to charge us more.Have some respect for your customers!

11:00 pm GTS  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it happened to me exactly the same.
they do pretend they dont have change as they do pretend they dont know the way so to test your kow-how of the city.
what do i do nowadays is to come in saying already where i wanna go and informing enough directions (which interchange, which reference), i do ask beforehand if they have change for 100dhs and just after i take the cab, as it is not really dificult to catch a second one if they irritate me straight away.

10:39 am GTS  
Blogger desertblog said...

I don't mind tipping at all and normally do as most of them are extremely polite and courteous, but when it comes to cranky taxi drivers like this one I pay the metered fare and not a penny more!

12:07 am GTS  
Blogger said...

Dubai taxi drivers piss me off...They've way too much attitude. They rarely carry enough change...They dont like too stop for its to strange a phenomina for a Local to not have his own car. Note too self: It's bout time I bought a car.

8:16 pm GTS  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh, they barely make a living wage. A tip from us wont hurt us much, but can bring some good into their lives. Seriously, compare and contrast and ask yourself how joyful you would be in their shoes.

10:18 pm GTS  
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