April 2, 2006

hustler


If you're a local resident of KL, like me, you'll find that taxis are hard to come by. You can call till your phone melts or wave till your arms fall off and still the cabbies ignore you, drive off and only stop if you're a foreigner. It seems foreign money is better. What's the difference: we all use the same currency here, don't we? The moment I saw this taxi parked on the side of the road and noticed the name of the company, I knew this needed to be posted.

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21 Comments:

Blogger Lisi said...

haha, like this shot...

2:31 PM  
Blogger Grant F said...

yay, more taxis...nicola will be pleased! haven't had a taxi problem yet in KL, but maybe next time, who knows?

4:10 PM  
Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

hahaaha Grant, you've been here and no problems with cabs? Like I said WE have the problems. I've noticed that when I put on an English accent when I call cabs, they come. But when I speak in my own native accent, no such luck!

You lucky Brit!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

LOL -
they only drive millionaires!

7:13 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

thats too bad! Taxi'S are expensive here too so while I dont have my own car yet, I take the bus and go around by bicycle.
Thanks for the postbox, I posted a comment there too.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

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9:52 PM  
Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

Oops Sorry Grant...You lucky SCOT! (is that right?)

Yes Sam...Only millionaires it seems! That's why I love this shot.

Aah, bicycles... I miss riding. KL isn't a bicycle-friendly city :(

10:01 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

woaa that's quite a story. I can't believe taxis don't stop, or barely stop for locals :O Taxis in Buenos Aires are really cheap, at least for foreigners, and I found myself taking cabs here more than any other countries I've been to.

2:09 AM  
Blogger luminlight said...

Maybe cos they trick foreigners who don't know their way around... so the taxi drivers can take the long way to a destination(?!)

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Bob-i-Licious said...

Dont worry, being a foreigner is also quite painful. Indeed, either cabbies dont stop (the way you mentionned) or they try to rip you off like maniac (like 25 RM from Bukit Ceylon to KLCC on a sunday morning..) And when you try to explain them that you live there and that there is o reason they dont go with the meter, they just answer you, "you are forigner, you have more money, so i rip you off". Very constructive... So now i just tell them that i have their plate and i will call up the regulatory authority. And strangely you can observe two type of reaction. Either they wanna crsh you with whatever they have in their car (baseball, crowbar...) or they wanna crush you with their car.... agian very constructive...

2:55 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

"Rich target " ..what a name :p.never heard of it though

4:12 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Funny taxi sign. Strange behaviour though!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

Well Karine, it's not so scary as it is annoying. The cabbies here think they're doing you a huge favour by taking you on. What Bob said above is just one of many horror stories. Bukit Ceylon to KLCC is really a quick 5 minute drive. hardly gives you the time to get comfortable.

So you see Andy, it doesn't matter about the length of the route. Cut-throat doesn't even begin to describe it.

Thanks for reliving your 'gruesome' cabby story Bob-i. Hope to bump into you someday and we can talk the crap out of this lovely city we live in.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Bob-i-Licious said...

anytime Edwin. I ll be in Kuala for some more time....

6:57 PM  
Blogger Grant F said...

that's better edwin! the times I've used cabs in KL - once from the airport to town (no probs), once the hotel phoned up (no probs) and the other twice it was a malaysian friend who called the cabs (speaking in malay!) - still no probs and no chance to rip us off either!! I seriously didn't realise the taxi drivers were such rip-off merchants in KL - will watch out in future.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Bob-i-Licious said...

Not all of them. Some of them. A majority in touristic areas. Elsewhere, like everywhere. No need for extra Care.

Just think about Paris. The city of the legal-taxi-ripoffs. 21 euros for 10 minutes and 5 km. Yeah

11:21 PM  
Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

Like I said Grant, you are one lucky Scot! I'm glad to hear at least one 'gwailo' that didn't get jipped by the cabbies here.

Oh Bob, I try not to think about the amount when I'm away. London and Paris cabs are quite expensive for the Ringgit bearing tourist. So, you live on Bukit Ceylon yes? How about meeting at Bijan or NeroVivo someday?

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Bob-i-Licious said...

I have a small tendency to go to Nerovivo over Bijan. So yes Nerovivo sometime. I ' d like that!

bob

2:32 PM  
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