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Old 01-21-2015, 09:37 AM   #151
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Doing well brother. Everyone worked over the holidays so we didn't make it out.

Should be out in May.

BTW I'll be a Grandpa in July....

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Yes I seen that, congratulations gramps.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:59 AM   #152
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I searched for some articles about this but couldn't find what I was looking for, most likely because the taxi cab authority used their influence to have them removed,

The cab companies have influence, with the media, now? Would that be the same media that has done nothing but trash local cab companies for decades?

I have little doubt that cabbies voiced their displeasure with the project et al, and this is the important part, regardless of which route it was taking. But that's still a long way from being able to say that they were responsible for where it was built.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:07 AM   #153
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Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

The monorail is awful for anyone with baggage or traveling in the summer or has a physical handicap. While the Taxicab Authority may have a lot of power the truth is that very few people would take the monorail from LAS even if it existed.
I agree with all of that except that TA has a lot of power. I don't really get that. They're pretty inept, and that's not really a secret.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:09 AM   #154
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Don't forget, when Mr. Funk denies the conspiracy, it's because he's part of the machine.

Seriously, though, I read the saga of the court case with your tickets. Really enjoyed the story. Thought you got screwed on the first by the judge, the second I could see either interpretation the way the statute is written. I imagine you're a pretty big dog by the time the hearing starts there.

Still, a really good read, and good arguments. Too bad it didn't break your way.

Thanks. Can't win them all.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:29 PM   #155
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Hrs worked, others service jobs worked(stories) or offered(reason for declining)?
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:12 AM   #156
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It's been a couple years, but have used LVCC in the past. If I'm in Vegas and need a cab, this is the only way I go... assuming it's during his shift. Very highly recommend. #backseattweets #99
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:56 PM   #157
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best place for a rub n tug? avg price?
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:27 PM   #158
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I don't know if my questions is the right one for you, but where can I rent a Ford Mustang Cabrio for one or two days? There are many carrentals in Vegas, which one is reliable, have good insurance and is easy to drive to?

Thanks in advance! <3
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:23 AM   #159
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Hey LV Cabbie Chronicles!

I follow you on twitter so I know you're super anti uber, but as a local it was a huge improvement for transportation in the area. By that I mean - I could find out the exact wait time til I have a ride. Instead, when I need a cab one of 2 annoying situations happen way too often: Try to call a cab company an hour + ahead of when I want them to show up, being told I'll get a call back, missing the call (because I have crappy tmobile and it barely works in my house) cab not coming because I didn't pick up (phone probably didn't even ring), missing reservation or have to begrudgingly drive myself instead. OR calling when I want to be picked up and being told that the wait is an eternity.

Now, the reason uber was excellent was it totally eliminated this problem. Pull up the app an hour or 2 before I wanted to go somewhere, see what the general wait time was, then that length of time before I wanted a ride simply order an uber. Can see where they are, etc etc.

I guess my question would be: has there been any chatter in the cabbie community in Vegas about making an app similar to uber to make these sort of headaches go away? I know I've been in other cities that have taxi apps but they are faaaaar inferior to uber and only work 1/4 of the time.

I thought uber was an excellent addition to Vegas specifically for locals, dumb for tourists.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:04 AM   #160
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Hey there to all, sorry for the delay here I've been off the scope for the past week with a wicked hard respiratory infection. At one point I was in bed for four days straight and couldn't eat anything. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

I see there are a couple new questions here I didn't get to yet and I have quite a few emails from folks for contact information and whatnot that I will catch up on. This does highlight the downside of trying to fulfill rides this way as I'm just one person and obviously not working 24/7. That said, when I AM on the road I don't have any issues picking anyone up anywhere. (for scheduled pickups and airport runs etc. I do have a few good guys I can refer you too if we already know I won't be able to do it.)

Thanks, and I'll standby for your questions...(cuts to a slow trumpet jam on the loudspeaker)
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:44 PM   #161
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Well, apparently too many people are getting wise to the tunnel scam, so the LV cabbies have to come up with new methods of ripping you off. Last night, I tell him to take me downtown via Paradise. He seems none too happy with that statement, then proceeds to do this:



~20 cab rides from the airport in my lifetime; first time this has happened. Anyone else?
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:50 PM   #162
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So what did you do?
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:52 PM   #163
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I agree with all of that except that TA has a lot of power. I don't really get that.
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:41 PM   #164
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So what did you do?
Same thing I did the other times - filled out the complaint form on the NTA site, and will hopefully be reimbursed.

Out of 4 times I've been taken for a ride, 3 have been with Western. Do they have that big of a market share, or should I just avoid Western cabs whenever possible?
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:28 PM   #165
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You didn't say anything to the cabbie? That's how I've always solved issues like that, and while they get chippy, they seem to prefer an agreeable solution with me to any sort of reporting.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:25 PM   #166
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The one time I did confront (tunneled), I got some excuse about how there were road closures that prevented him from going Paradise (I asked someone else getting out of a cab at the hotel; they said the road was fine).

Getting to LV is a 6 hour ordeal for me, and the last thing I want to do when I finally arrive is get into an argument with a crooked cabbie to start my vacation.
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:58 AM   #167
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Getting to LV is a 6 hour ordeal for me, and the last thing I want to do when I finally arrive is get into an argument with a crooked cabbie to start my vacation.
I totally understand that. I prefer not to have a big confirmation or argument unless I just have to. I'd rather not do all that over $5-$10 and be worked up thinking about it for a hour. But I am willing to fill out the paper work, now that I know you can.
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Old 02-08-2015, 06:02 AM   #168
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Any advice for driving rental cars in Vegas? Roads to avoid? Common mistakes people who haven't driven there before make?
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Old 02-08-2015, 06:27 AM   #169
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Any advice for driving rental cars in Vegas? Roads to avoid? Common mistakes people who haven't driven there before make?
nah. the worst road to drive on in LV is las vegas blvd, and as a tourist you will probably want to do that, so have fun! just don't run over any pedestrians because you could easily take out 8-10 of them at once making a right turn on the strip
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:58 PM   #170
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Awesome to see LVCC on here! I'm a big fan of the blog and follower on Twitter.

Can't believe you're not going into stories involving strippers/escorts. Some are in the blog - "pull over" is one I still remember. Any recent stripper stories? What do you tell passengers who ask for strip clubs with "extras" features?

Also, have you ever helped the Vegas Courtesan out? Thanks Dr Funk.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:52 PM   #171
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So here is a story related to me by a short skinny mid 50s Italian cabbie. He picked up a girl at Mandalay who wanted a ride to Pure, but didn't have any money. This young, hot 20ish blonde told him: "My momma told me that if I show you my boobies I can get a free cab ride." The cabbie said, "No, the price is blow job." She thought about it for a minute and said OK and proceeded to finish the job. Just before arriving at Pure while rummaging thru her purse she blurted out, " Oh ****, I did have money." She the exited the cab, gave the driver a $5 tip and headed on her way.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:25 AM   #172
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I might have the record for a ridiculous long haul. I had a long layover in Vegas and wanted to play some poker for a few hours. I figured Mandalay Bay was closest. Cabbie took me through the tunnel and looked super guilty when he dropped me off. I had no idea at the time.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:15 AM   #173
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An incident on my last trip. My Vegas trips are usually short, so I try to pack things in as much as possible. I took a cab to the Rio, no problems. I checked in, then needed to grab a late dinner. I heard good things about the AYCE place down the road from Rio called Umiya. I took a cab. He didn't know where it was, so I had to Google Maps it and tell him where to turn. Fare was maybe $6. I gave him $8 and got out of the cab. He proceeded to go ballistic (cause I didn't give him a ten-spot?) yelling at me as I was walking away. I took a picture of the back of his cab but didn't do anything as I was more amused (though it was bordering on being aggressive).

Then after a nice meal, I was stuck there with no ride back. I started walking towards Palms, figuring I would get a cab there (for an even shorter ride to Rio!) and then decided I was close enough to walk the rest of the way, even though it was late and it may not have been the safest move.

Anyway, was this so wrong (small tip on a small fare)? That it should tilt the cabbie so much?
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:04 PM   #174
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**** that guy
shoulda demanded the 2 dollars back
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Old 02-11-2015, 03:15 AM   #175
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Many subscribe to the theory that you should generally always round a sub $10 ride up to $10
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