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Taxi Question

So we left Bali yesterday and had our hotel call a Bluebird taxi. We were charged the amount that I was expecting but upon payment, the taxi driver demanded us pay him 3000 parking fare. This seemed a bit shady so I asked to see the ticket but there was nothing on the ticket noting the amount. An onlooker who was an Australian (I believe, from his accent) laughed and told us that taxis did not have to pay a parking fee, which seemed reasonable to us as well. So I insisted he give me change, and we were at offs for a few minutes, where he even tried to call some security officers or policemen walking around but they just laughed at him and walked away.

Finally the taxi driver gave us back the extra money and started to get in his car, screaming "damn tourists" on the way.

I wrote an email to my hotel describing what happened and noted the taxi number but when they reached out to Bluebird, Bluebird said that the driver was right to collect this parking fare. I would feel horrible if the driver did have to out of pocket but I guess what's done is done, although I would appreciate some clarity and possibly give other visitors a heads up in the future.

Can anyone clarify this taxi parking fee?

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11. Re: Taxi Question

I don't want to get into an argument but regardless of the amount, I don't want to pay for it if it's not required, plain and simple. I'm not a chump.

Plenty of tourists from other countries not as wealthy as the US or Australia visit Bali as well and I wouldn't want them to be swindled out of extra money if this was indeed a scam.

As I stated previously, if this is definitely something that needs to be paid (which so far seems not to be the consensus as some people have paid and some people have not), then it should be put into the stickies/FAQs so that everyone is aware. There are too many taxi scams in Bali that one has to be suspicious of everything.

our001, this is why I almost never take NYC taxis. However, you are able to report abuse as long as you take down the taxi number. Aside from taking "the long way," I'm not aware of any other ripoff scenes from NYC taxis.

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12. Re: Taxi Question

During 18 days, found iften that they paid 1or 2000 fir parking, but was never asked for it. Arrived home today 30min taxi ride 65aud plus 2aud for fee at airport,

Funny how we dint quibble here but go nuts of a few cents inbali

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