Letter: Hoboken cabbie refuses legal U.S. tender as payment

One Hoboken resident had a pickle of a time recently over near the taxi cab line downtown.

Do you think this is reason enough to gripe?

Money conundrum at Hoboken cab line

“I recently experienced something a bit troubling and I was wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar. I know Hoboken is pretty corrupt as far as parking and city hall goes, but apparently, it’s extending to the taxi drivers of our city as well.

I arrived in Hoboken via PATH train from NYC around 1am. It was a late night at the office and I live about a mile from the station. I would normally just walk, but because it was so late, I opted to stay safe and take the cab. I started shuffling through my purse – I found 6 bucks to pay for the $5 flat fee and tip, but $2 I had were in quarters. I asked the cab driver if this was okay. He flat out said no.

I then asked if he could make a pit stop at the Chase bank 3 blocks from the station. It was on the way, and I already warned the girl I was with that I may have to stop. She had no problems with this. The cab driver then told me to get out of the cab and walk to get the money and then return back to the cab line. Has anyone else had an issue with this? I was flabbergasted, since I had the money I needed to pay the man, he just refused to take the quarters. I thought this was ridiculous. Needless to say, I ended up walking home late, by myself, completely furious that this jerk refused to accept my money or let me make a quick stop to get the money he wanted. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

Can he refuse me a ride, even if I have the money, just not the in the form he wants it?”

411 advice: Never bring this up to the cab driver. If you had enough money – bills or coins, just give it to them once you arrive at your destination.