Incubus wrote:Every once in a while I get a cab that can take the yoyo card (easy card). I've never taken advantage of it as half the time I don't have enough credit on my card, and the rest of the time I'm just a bit leery, thinking that it might delete all the credit on my card. How does it work? Do I get a receipt after the transaction? Those of you who've done it please tell.
Yeah, it works, although some taxi drivers seem like they can't be bothered to actually use it - it's just for show. They have to fiddle about typing numbers into the "other half" of the system (a keypad near the driver's seat), which is apparently more trouble than it's worth.
I think I've used it maybe ... twice. I do vaguely remember getting a small discount for using it once.
Don't worry, it's not going to wipe your card (they're all legit). Smartcard transactions are done over a secure link which makes it pretty much impossible to corrupt the card data. If the card receives a duff command, it just doesn't get processed.
Chinese taxis - this about sums it up:
Then there is the wee fact they don't actually know where to go unless you show them, often with an actual map as they are either out of towners, illiterates or bonking mad.
On one occasion the taxi driver insisted he knew where he was going - it was
supposed to be only 5 minutes away, so he should have done. Ten minutes later, we suggested maybe he'd like to look at our tourist map. No, he didn't. After five more minutes bumbling, S.O. blew her stack (which she's pretty good at) and told him to just look at the f-ing map. He did. We got where we were going, which turned out to be just round the corner.
Another one drove like an absolute bloody lunatic (in the pouring rain, with malfunctioning wipers) and then had the brass neck to ask for a tip. When we asked him why, he pointed at me and said "because he's a foreigner". I gave him a RMB1 note (~ 0.1 euro). Wanker.
I think Taxis and toilets are the two things that allow you to reliably gauge where a country is on the evolutionary scale. China is still shambling around with Pithecanthropus