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Old 03-06-2015, 12:40 AM   #301
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The Uber discussion needs to be taken elsewhere. Feel free to start a thread about why you think Uber should be legal in Las Vegas, but please stop derailing this thread with your opinions.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:43 AM   #302
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Have you ever gone to pick someone up and they were expecting you to transport them with something really weird? If so, what was it? Did you do it?
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:18 AM   #303
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Thanks for the reply, and read your letter. I agree it seems surprising one of the top properties on the strip would not want to completely turn a blind eye to all of this. Would you say all the MGM properties behave this way or is it pretty much isolated to MGM Grand?
They pretty much all participate in this. Some much worse than others. I just sorta latched on to MGM because it seemed to eff me over the most. The Wynn/Encore is probably most cabbie friendly. To say nothing of the free **** they've given us throughout the years. It's pretty impressive. And as such pretty much every cabbie will say Wynn, if asked what the best hotel is. In the cab stand at Encore there are a half dozen flat screen tvs down there to entertain you while we're waiting. They also keep one of the only cabbie bathrooms on teh strip. ALso vending machines and they leave food down there all the time, or box lunches. I didn;t even mention the free nights stay and show tix and buffet and you name it man, wynn is the ****. We had our wedding party there lol.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:10 PM   #304
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Steve Wynn is smart enough to know that cabbies (for better or worse) are ambassadors, and if you treat them well they will in turn recommend your place to the tourists. It's surprising to me that more hotel owners don't recognize the same thing.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:19 PM   #305
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I heard Wynn gives Uber drivers suites, hookers and blow though
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:55 AM   #306
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This paragraph is so full of errors it's not worth taking the time to point them all out. And since the author won't listen to reason, why bother?
Seriously. Shiftyeye...you've proven yourself unfit for combat. Thanks for playing though it was fun. My favorite part was your "you mad bro?" rebuttal. That's very persuasive stuff.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #307
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If you were a cab driver and had to deal with people like you on a daily basis, you would be an a hole too.

Funny. It's been my slogan for years: "If you want to know why your cabbie is crazy, just look in the mirror."


I've long since wondered, as I mentioned earlier, if somehow the 'scum of the earth' is just drawn to cab driving for some reason or another? Or are otherwise average people drawn to the occupation and their time in the business is where they evolve into the scum of the earth? And if it's the latter, what is the genesis of that change?
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:14 AM   #308
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MrFunk, On a slow night is it better to wait forever in a cabstand line or drive around hoping to find a fare?

Different cabbies would answer this differently. Personally I'm not about driving all over damn nation burning gas looking for a flag that's probably going to be illegal to pick up anyway. I'd rather put it in park and read a book or something. When it's super slow it doesn't really what you do. That said, I would venture your highest "bookers" are never waiting in line anywhere. They are on a cannonball all night, looking to grab flags, jack rides away from other cabbies, cut lines and longhaul, in a addition to a host of other bull****.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:33 AM   #309
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If you drop off at South Point or another casino not far from the airport, do you get in line there or just head to the airport to pick up a fare?
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:48 AM   #310
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Also, do all the cabbies at a company get along, or is it more like working a sales job where co-workers get competitive and mess with each other? Are there rivalries between cab companies?
Within any one company it is mostly a brotherhood. Sure it's a UN meeting at shift change because you got me and the few other English speaking cats over here, and all the Ethiopians over there, and all the Latino's over there and all the Chinese over here and all the Koreans over there and all the brothers over there and etc etc. It's only natural, everyone is most comfortable kicking it with their own people, speaking their own language, while we're waiting for our rides to roll in so we can hit the road. But everybody is pretty cool with everybody. I certainly am. Of course anytime you get a group of 100's of people together you're bound to not like all of them. There are certainly a couple guys that I have no respect for, and have told them as much. But by and large it's good, and not only is nobody in my yard out to get me, they'll grant me some courtesy out on the road that they wouldn't give to someone from another company maybe. Like, if you were trying to jack somebodies fare, you might not do it if it was a guy from your outfit, for example.

And note, there are 16 cab companies and they all have very distinctive paint schemes so you can see a mile away if it's one of your boys or not.

As per company to company rivalries and out on the road shenanigans, there is not a lot of that but certainly some. There is a bit of a contest between the top 2 booking firms in town and these same two companies are always at the top of the rev/medallion numbers. And certain companies are also known for certain shenanigans, (many of which are perpetuated against the drivers, not the public) and there is one outfit in particular that I despise for their behavior. These pricks are always pissing me off with some bull****. I probably shouldn't name them here.

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On the other hand, is being a cabbie more monotonous and less dramatic than my questions presume?
It's not something I'm keen to admit, actually. Fri & Sat nights and big weekends are always an adventure for sure. But during the week it's pretty lame usually. That said, anything can and does come out of left field at any time.
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:13 PM   #311
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Once saw a cab get kicked out of the airport line by the taxi guy and told not to come back that day. What does a cabbie have to do to earn that?
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:28 PM   #312
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Good stuff in this thread. I appreciate the thoughtful and educated posts / responses from MrFunkMD, and the well constructed rebuttals and counterpoints from many of the participants.

Well done.
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:35 PM   #313
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A few of my favorites:

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Uber's refusing to even apply for a permit and then insisting that "the corrupt system won't let us in" is analogous to crying that the University never admitted you when you never even sent in an application.
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I heard Wynn gives Uber drivers suites, hookers and blow though
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...you've proven yourself unfit for combat. Thanks for playing though it was fun. My favorite part was your "you mad bro?" rebuttal. That's very persuasive stuff.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:04 PM   #314
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Podcast with Elfman confirmed as awesome.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:16 AM   #315
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Have you ever gone to pick someone up and they were expecting you to transport them with something really weird? If so, what was it? Did you do it?

Occasionally you'll get a "moving call" and you pull up to some address to find a driveway full of junk. Usually these people will request an SUV or a special service van and think they'll use the cab as a moving truck. You have to wait there forever while they load all their **** into the cab, or worse yet they will ask you to help them with it. Sometimes you'll have to make multiple trips to and from with loads. Thankfully it doesn't happen very much but when it does some cabbies say no freaking way and leave after they see what's going on. Feel free to contact Uber for those rides, I'm sure they're cool with it.

As far as single most strange item(s) I would have to say, the wall sculptures. I had a crown vic a while back, picked up a lady at the LVCC. She had 3 very large cardboard boxes. They where long and wide as your arms outstretched and less than a foot thick. Had a good amount of weight to them. She was going to the airport. I had to put two boxes long ways into the back of the massive crown vic trunk with the boxes sticking out the end and then I had to strap the lid down with a bungee. Then I had to move both front seats up so I could get the 3rd one in the backseat, resting it on the floor was the only way I could get it through the door. The convention is over, she's headed out of town with all her ****.

...Ok for ****s sake, we're finally loaded and ready to go. Ten minutes later we arrive at departures. That is where she dropped the bombshell. She tells me that these boxes are a massive pain to fly with and she didn't want to take them with her so she asked me if I wanted them. Wtf? No lady I don't want your 3 huge boxes. Im at the freaking airport, I need to pick up again and surely I can't do that will all this crap in my cab. I was a little peaved honestly, because it was clear her mind was already made up and this crap was going to be my problem now.

Peaved, that is to say, until she sold me on what was in the boxes. Wall sculptures, she says. "Artistic metal sculptures". Then she told me that they were brand new and retailed for about $1,500 each. She gave me her card and told me to check the models on their website. She didn't want to travel with them. Ok, you had me at hello. I am now the proud new owner of three huge boxes.

She also paid me for the ride but obviously I can't pick up anyone until I ditch these boxes so I had to cannonball home to drop them off. I didn't bother to open them up until I got back home later that night and sure enough these were quality. Some pretty rad designs too. I checked the website and sure enough I got $4K in merchandise and was mad about it. I showed them to my Mother, who has a real talent for interior design and home making and whatnot, and she loved all 3 of them and asked if she could have them. Sure thing Mom, they're yours. She painted one of them to get the colors right and now all three of them hang in her house and she gets compliments all the time. Every time I visit Mom I look at those things and think about that nice lady at the convention center.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:31 AM   #316
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Steve Wynn is smart enough to know that cabbies (for better or worse) are ambassadors, and if you treat them well they will in turn recommend your place to the tourists. It's surprising to me that more hotel owners don't recognize the same thing.
There is no doubt that SW is the zen master in Vegas. He's just thinking on another wave length and has for so long. The difficult part of doing these types of promotions is that the return is impossible to quantify. Companies want to know what return they are getting on their investment and this a difficult thing to measure so it's easy to dismiss it. But SW see's through to the end game, which is that immeasurable things and invaluable things are often the same thing.

To that end Mr. Wynn, you can bet your bottom dollar that every single time somebody asks me what the best hotel is I say the Wynn. And it's not just because of the free stuff. It's because of the respect. The person before the policy. We hosted our wedding party at Encore, and I'll tell you what we told them when we were setting up our deal, my wife and I have lived in Vegas for 20 years, we know everything there is to know about all of these properties, we are fortunate we can afford to do it wherever we want, and we chose to have it here. ...That is the biggest compliment I can give them. And they delivered and then some. ...And here I am telling all of you guys about it now
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Old 03-10-2015, 01:24 PM   #317
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the cab line hustle makes me so angry. The ***** at Venetian were purposely trying to solicit tips from people by repeatedly telling them that the line would be 15-20 minutes until someone in front of me called them on their BS. There were cabs lined up just waiting to be called over by the ****ty doorman who just wanted someone to pay to skip the line, wasting everyone's time

i doubt that made enough sense but I feel rage just thinking about it
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:17 PM   #318
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I don't think that I have ever been outrageously long hauled, but a few times it has seemed that the driver has done some extra driving around the property to pad the fare. Is that common? Are they supposed to take the main entrance off of the strip to the front door? The one that sticks in my memory was when we went to the Mirage for a show starting from the MGM. We took the scenic route once we turned off the strip. That driver asked if we wanted to go the freeway and I asked him how much more the fare would be, and when he didn't answer I said "no the strip is fine with us, we have time". Maybe he wanted that extra dollar at the end.
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:33 PM   #319
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If he's asking you if you want to take the freeway from MGM to Mirage, then yeah he's essentially trying to hustle you. But going on the strip isn't the way to do it either unless traffic is light (and it usually isn't).

My guess is that the best combo of speed/low price route from MGM to Mirage when there's strip traffic would be Koval through the back of Venetian and straight into the Mirage, but Funk would have to confirm that.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:32 AM   #320
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I heard Wynn gives Uber drivers suites, hookers and blow though
Well that's what he did for Prince Harry and Uber drivers are definitely prince's so it follows.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:59 PM   #321
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Any experience with this??

"Ever since April there have been 160 taxis added to valley roads. It was done in an effort to cater to residential customers, so now residents can call a centralized dispatch number, 702-GetTaxi, and closest cabs."

Would be pretty happy if this works well
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:00 PM   #322
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If the Cabbie guy is still around, what should the fare be from McCarran airport to Sam's Town on Boulder Highway?

Thanks..
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:22 PM   #323
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LMGTFY

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.p...06239399999998
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:27 PM   #324
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Very nice site..will use that from now on..
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:42 AM   #325
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This thread died off but I'm quite curious how Uber's impending arrival will affect OP. I believe he said there were already too many cab drivers in Vegas, so you add Uber and Lyft to that mix and some people should be out of a job amirite.
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