Instanbul - the one place that NEEDS Uber
There is a breathtakingly crafty scam among Istanbul taxi drivers. I think they give each other training on it.
- Your friendly, English-speaking driver wants to drop you off at a busy intersection or narrow street near, but not at your actual destination.
- An irate traffic queue instantly builds up behind the taxi and starts sounding their horns.
- When you pay (flustered), he uses sleight of hand (it's very good) and switches your largest note for a small value one, thrusts this back at you and claims he has not received full payment. You've little option but to pay again.
The 2nd time this trick was performed we were ready and watching but could still not spot the switch. We stood our ground and he drove off disgusted.
So if there is anywhere in the world that needs a fully trackable system like Uber, maybe it's Istanbul.