I'll use the taxi driver scenario as an example. 22 years ago in 1998 the flag-fall for a taxi was 35 Baht, today it's still 35 Baht. They added about 20 Satang/KM to the rate. I lived in Bangkok where I could almost always get the driver to turn the meter on (and I would give a good tip). I found that outside Bangkok it's virtually impossible to get the driver to use the meter.
They interviewed some of the drivers some years ago to ask why they refused so many fares, the most common answer being that a cross-city journey, for example, just wasn't worth it.
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