From the previous post, Comparing Cabs reader David Crawford writes an appraisal of his cab experiences in Seoul Korea,
Fares: Cheap. Really, really cheap. I have no sympathy for anyone that gets picked up for drunk-driving as it's so cheap to go out at night by cab.
Cab-drivers: The single most disagreeable people I met in my 5 years in Seoul. Cab-driving is one of the few jobs that ex-cons (and other screw-ups) can get.
One example: Getting into a cab at Kimpo Airport going to my place near the Grand Hyatt on Nam-san. The driver just says "20,000 won". (About $15 US.) I tell him "meter, meter", (meaning turn the meter on.) We go about a half-a-mile yelling at each other
He finally turns on the meter. He then takes corners so fast that I'm flying around the backseat like crazy. We start going down Olympic Expressway, south of the Han River. I know which bridges we need to cross to get to the Grand Hyatt. He misses them all. I start yelling at him to cross the next bridge. His excuse? "I not know Grand Hyatt at". (Pure bullshit, the Grand Hyatt is huge, and can be seen from all over Seoul south of the Han. Plus, he's probably been there hundreds of times.)
Finally, we get to my place near the Hyatt, the meter says 14,000 won. ($10 US). I gave him 13,000, shorting him 1,000 for trying to pad the trip. (Usually the fare is around 12,000, if the cab-driver goes directly and doesn't try and screw around.) He takes it and says nothing, just takes off real fast. I feel sorry for his next passenger as he was really pissed.
Typical cab experience, at least if you're a foreigner. The cab-drivers never tried anything funny when I was out with Koreans. I think they knew better.
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