What’s up with Hoboken taxi drivers?

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?

Hoboken Cab driver refuses coins as payment

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.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012 11:46 pm

Why would you ask if it was ok? It’s money isn’t it? Should have never brought it up and gave him his pay when you got dropped off. Don’t be so nice money is money

Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:18 pm

A lot, not all, but a lot of the cabbies will try any trick in the book to get extra money out of you or do as little work as possible on their end. I agree with H411. Next time don’t ask. (If I’m the first to get into a cab I don’t give my destination until I’m in the car, that way they can’t give some BS protest for any reason.) Get to your destination and they offer the fare in whatever form you have. Money is money and I’m pretty sure they can’t refuse just because you have quarters over bills. It’s not like you tried to pay in all quarters or pennies. I recently had a cabbie in Hoboken who couldn’t break my twenty. He was going to let me go free. I gave him the two singles I had and we called it even since it was his “mistake.”

If you ever run into issues with a Hoboken cab, take down the cab number and call the taxi commission. They are pretty good at responding.

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