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Walking away from a shuttle driver trying to demand extra money?

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On one leg of an upcoming trip it is reported that the Laos shuttle drivers, which have a monopoly in the area, will try to demand an extra 100 baht as you depart. 

 

In these situations how would you guys handle this? My instinct is to wave my hand back and forth with the "no' gesture and walk away towards as they continue to try to make a scene.

 

If it goes long I could also head towards a store, bank or elsewhere to divert the commotion (I doubt this will be needed as he knows he's scamming).

 

I'm somewhat lucky in that I'm 33, tall and work out so the physical threat of a middle aged SEA guy isn't there unless he grabs a weapon. Still, it's best to minimize confrontation in these situations and I'm curious if you guys think there's a better way than a quick dismissal and walking away?

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Pay the hundred baht or look for a different mode of transport.  As you say...not worth the confrontation.

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Every instance of corrupt extortion has it's own flavor...

 

Are "you" going to take a chance of being on the recieving end of physical harm for $3.00...

 

Take a pic of driver and his machine...turn it in to the police...

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33 minutes ago, Hal65 said:

Still, it's best to minimize confrontation in these situations and I'm curious if you guys think there's a better way than a quick dismissal and walking away?

that's the one, you got it.

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its the price of a beer, a tip, why stress ? oh yeah, its the principle.....

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You guys are far nicer than me. I've walked away from a demanding baht bus before but that was in Thailand.

 

In Laos I lean towards letting them throw a fit if they want too, maybe this is a mindset I'll regret but I don't see why you guys would let scammers push us around so readily.

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1 minute ago, jastheace said:

its the price of a beer, a tip, why stress ? oh yeah, its the principle.....

You're saying the principle doesn't matter?

 

Give me $10. Right now, to my email.

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1 minute ago, Hal65 said:

You're saying the principle doesn't matter?

 

Give me $10. Right now, to my email.

provide me with a service and yes, I may tip you

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Just now, jastheace said:

provide me with a service and yes, I may tip you

 

The talking was the service. No more negotiation, NOW!

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3 minutes ago, Hal65 said:

 

The talking was the service. No more negotiation, NOW!

ok, now we haggle, $5 ok ?😜

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laos taxi drivers has no shame whatsoever,

you need to come to an agreement of price before you jump on, its that simple

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13 minutes ago, brokenbone said:

laos taxi drivers has no shame whatsoever,

you need to come to an agreement of price before you jump on, its that simple

try to demand an extra 100 baht as you depart. 

 

Somebody is pretty simple, all right. 

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