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Today, at 11:30 p.m., after a 5-hour train journey to get back to Paris carrying a suitcase that’s 5 kg heavier than when I left, I decided to take a taxi. The driver yelled at me because the short journey to my place wasn’t worth his time, and told me to take the subway. Welcome to Paris. FML

By nanou - / Friday 7 March 2014 00:12 / France - Paris
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By  more4me  |  27

Don't feel bad, OP! The same thing happened to me in San Francisco 2 years ago. I had 2 suitcases and a carry-on and could barely walk with all that. The taxi told me it wasn't worth their while to take me to the train station. I ended up walking to the nearest train station, missed my train by 30 sec. and almost missed my plane to Paris.

By  flyingflies  |  36

I think you can take the number off the side of the car and report them, but it's a hassle that isn't worth it most of the time...A taxi driver once told me that if your journey is too short, you should visibly hold in your hand the amount of money that an average journey would make, so the driver would know that you are willing and going to pay more than you should. In my country it seems to work.

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By  more4me  |  27

Don't feel bad, OP! The same thing happened to me in San Francisco 2 years ago. I had 2 suitcases and a carry-on and could barely walk with all that. The taxi told me it wasn't worth their while to take me to the train station. I ended up walking to the nearest train station, missed my train by 30 sec. and almost missed my plane to Paris.

By  flyingflies  |  36

I think you can take the number off the side of the car and report them, but it's a hassle that isn't worth it most of the time...A taxi driver once told me that if your journey is too short, you should visibly hold in your hand the amount of money that an average journey would make, so the driver would know that you are willing and going to pay more than you should. In my country it seems to work.

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  CynthiaLeo  |  2

I'm French, and I can tell you that parisian people are snobbish assholes, for most of them, and no one hates them more than the other frenchies that have a bad reputation because of them.

Btw, it's sad to not being open-minded about the world, I hope that you'll get better :)

By  Saraishi  |  24

A taxi driver once berated me for giving him directions to a bus stop (i missed my train) address that's five minutes by car (about 20 mins on foot and uphill) and flat out told me i should just wait in the train station for the next train. I simply told him if he wasn't interested in getting me to my destination that he should turn the car around back to the station (we were still leaving the large parking lot) because i was sure one of his colleagues would be more than happy to take me and receive my fare money. He didn't say another word and took me to the stop.
It might seem callous or even bitchy but you're a paying customer and they're not the ones that decide your destination for you. They can accept to take you or not but they should not disrespect you just because the fare money is not a large sum.

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