Recently, two Miami tourists were charged more than $700 (plus tip) for a taxi ride from hell. And sadly, they aren’t the only victims of scummy drivers, according to the Miami Herald. As written in the article, the two tourists from Houston thought they paid $70 for the ride from Miami’s airport to the Crowne Plaza in Hallandale Beach. It wasn’t until they got their credit card statement a month later that they saw the outrageous charge. To their shock, the credit card company told them that the driver claimed it was valid and not a mistake charge. Worst of all, they don’t have any recourse since they didn’t get an official receipt, which would have had the cab’s license number.
This is why I prefer taking Uber/Lyft. You get a receipt right away with all the information you need, including pick-up and drop-off times, the addresses, a map of the roads you took, the fare, and the driver’s name, type of car and license plate. If you don’t like ride-sharing companies and prefer taxis, be sure to get a receipt after each ride (and get alerts from your credit card company for every charge you make).
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