Been at Vegas for about a week so far, and will be here for the next few days before coming back here again in the Summer with friends for WSOP.
One thing I've noticed is that occasionally I get "long hauled" on taxi rides. For instance, from Caesars to MGM, the driver took a back route (instead of just down the strip) which ends up being like 13.50 or so, whereas my friend who went at roughly the same time from Venetian to MGM (which a slightly longer route along the strip if you didn't know) only had a toll of about 8 dollars just going down the strip. This was on a Thursday night fwiw, and it could've been an honest mistake/error of traffic judgment, whatever, I paid + tipped, and left.
It's not really the money thing that gets to me, but just the fact that I'm paying and tipping for a service wherein I'm being lied to and cheated out of extra money. Is this just a fact of life I'll have to get used to when I'm in Vegas? Do you guys say anything prior to make it such that he's less inclined to longhaul you (lately I've thought of saying something like "just finished lunch/dinner, going back to my hotel now" if they ask like "so what were you up to" or something)? I also don't want to start complaining mid-ride when I realize we're taking a different route, but I also don't know how standard it is to say "just take the strip" or something, especially if there are traffic conditions I'm unaware of, or if it's a destination I have no idea how to get to anyway.
Also, just a quick aside on tipping, I typically never end up with small paper change in my pocket by the time I hit the taxi, as I'll have tipped off any single dollars to dealers/cashiers/etc. so I'll often just end up with like a $10 for a ~$8 cab ride and tip him <2 dollars, is this fine? What are your tipping tendencies for cab rides of varying $ amounts? Should I just be more considerate of having the extra dollar bills etc. for the taxi ride?