Giving extra money for taxicab fare ... what is your take on this?

Philippines
December 1, 2009 9:43am CST
There are times when the taxicab drivers apologize for not having enough loose change to give back to passengers. Some passengers don't mind it while others do. There are also passengers who give an extra small amount to drivers as a personal preference and as a matter of habit. Which type of passenger are you? What is your take on this?
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4 responses
• Philippines
6 Dec 09
You're luckier, you can request taxi drivers to carry your baggages. Not in Manila, you have to carry your purchases no matter how heavy they are. Anyway, we learned not expect their help anymore.
• Philippines
6 Dec 09
Yes, we can request them to help us with our baggages. They even meet you if they see you fully loaded with your purchases. Taxis are always available in parking lots provided by the bigger department stores and malls. I see that there are a lot of taxis now than before. But they become scarcer in the earlier part of the evening when everyone is rushing for home. Thanks!
@meapas (2435)
• India
6 Dec 09
I always carry loose change with me for such emergency. It helps to avoid unwanted scenes and embarrassing situations. The other day at our local railway station a very tragic thing happened just for want of loose change. The passenger didn't have loose change and so he told the booking clerk to keep the balance change for himself. The booking clerk got so wild he immediately came out and bashed the passenger left and right injuring him very badly. The clerk took it as an insult for treating him as a beggar. It is very important to understand the psyche of the people we are interacting. It helps to remain healthy if not wealthy.
• Philippines
6 Dec 09
Oh, yes, things like that happen, too. One becomes annoyed when this happens because he thinks that it is unjust and that he is being shortchanged. The other thinks he cannot do anything because there is no loose change. Then harsh words are said and trouble begins. You are right. In order to avoid these unfortunate things to happen, we, ourselves need to do our part by being prepared with loose change. Although there are times that I am not prepared with loose change, it is very very seldom. I always check my wallet at night if I have enough change for the next day. Thanks, meapas. Have a nice day.
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Hi! moneymakingtoday, well,it has been my habit to give extra to taxi drivers. Truly all of them say dont have a change, i dont know if its intended or not so i dont expect them to give me change for the money i gave. So what i do i pay extra everytime. This is also one way of avoiding arguments with taxi drivers especially when they complain on the traffic.
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Hi, triplejazzm51. We are in the same country and I heard that in Manila, the drivers usually expect you to pay extra. In Cebu, it is different. It is the passenger's option whether to give extra or not. Just this morning, I was bringing a boxful of mangoes to give to my co-workers. I had to request the driver to carry it to the front door of the building where I worked. I gave extra for my fare.
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
hello there moneymaker, it's better to be prepared with the coins and not so big bill. some drivers might think of taking advantage of it to make an excuse that they don't have change. that often happens in the jeepneys when you're giving a full twenty pesos bill and then they will change you back not according to the fare.
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
Hi, letran. In our place, all drivers are, in fact, mandated by a city ordinance to prepare coins for change. This is especially so in the mornings where people usually have bigger amounts in their wallets. Aside from the truly honest ones, we can easily identify if a taxi driver is just making up a story about not having a change. Sometimes I remind them of the ordinance about it. Some drivers though are very apologetic and I can sense that they are telling the truth. If my money is too big to pass, I usually request him to pass by a gasoline station to have it changed. If the change is only P5 or P10, I just let it go. Personally, I have since prevented this occasion ... I am always ready with my smaller bills and loose change for taxicab. Sometimes though, I give extra willingly. Thanks for sharing.