Dig Cam idea for scams (esp for taxi) (?)

#1 Feb 13th, 2003, 19:31
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From the benefit of my own experience here is an idea for those nice taxi drivers (and perhaps anyone else) who rips you off (or you are not sure if you are being ripped off)

If you have a digital camrea, take a photo of the driver and his license (meter conversion sheet, his number etc etc) and tell him you are going to check with the Tourist police (or something like that). If you want to make it clearer show hin the photo of him and the detail you have!
It then might be interesting to watch his reaction, this might give him away!

at least it is something you can do in those times when you are in the middle of nowhere (at some ungodly hour) having to pay a large looking taxi fare!

It might work! and of course you can always delete the photo after. I found it a good thing to do if talking fails (and its free0

what do you other seasoned travelers think?
#2 Feb 13th, 2003, 21:26
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great idea as a last resort, and can probibly turn a bad situation into a humourous one.

it may help you keep your cool knowing you have this trick up your sleeve.
#3 Feb 15th, 2003, 22:04
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At last a reason to buy a digital camera. Brilliant!
New home for my photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abracax/
#4 Feb 18th, 2003, 03:49
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hey are all the gov't. regulated taxi's black/yellow?
should a person still be 'on gaurd' or alert when riding on these?
can the stands u pay at be found in bus/train stations as well or only at airports?
enjoyed 6 weeks in southern india and saving up to go back..
i never hated.....yet loved<more>a country soo much
words cannot truely describe the satisfaction it gives u
#5 Feb 18th, 2003, 06:09
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Yes, there are sometimes prepaid taxi booths at the bigger railway stations.
#6 Feb 18th, 2003, 08:08
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as mentioned elsewhere
negotiate a price first (don't be stingy with the toutist tax) write it down in a book and get them to sign it.

It stops any ugly misunderstandings at the end and they get the message without any talk about police.

I have used the tecnique of digital phtograpy ... it works too but can be hard in some situations.

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