Noooooooo way! you shouldn´t suck it up! Whenever this happened to me ( not as bad as your 300% more ) I go ¨look, I take cabs everyday, come here pretty often and I know exactly how much this ride costs, either your clock doesnñt work or there is amistake, and if you went the wrong way it is not my fault ¨I just hand him what I know it would cost and get out. Plain and simple! You can also add something like ¨I took the cab with the exact change cos I didn´t have any more money ¨and if things get dark I go: ¨let´s just call a policeman ¨ That makes it"Fishface" said:In the past 3 weeks I have had 2 taxi drivers 'not know where they are going' and going for a ride around to boost the fare. Today, we got a taxi from Scalabrini ortiz to the Hipodromo - its a 6 peso ride - he went on the autopista then we asked where he was going and he came off and did a massive detour around the Areoparque to get back to Dorrego. The 6 peso ride turned into 18 pesos.
These are the first times this has happened to me in 3 years - is it a new trend in taxi driving here? I know taxi drivers do this all over the world and clip 10-15% extra. But todays detour was a joke.
We paid - not much choice really - what do locals do in this situation?
My girlfriend (argentinean) said we should just 'suck it up' and the extra money he made will pay for his 'mortaja'.