In Philadelphia, I think I was ripped off for a few bucks. As soon as we stopped, the rate went up $3. The driver had some resume in the back seat, portraying he had graduated from a university with a degree in accounting, but that was probably a confidence scam to make you guilty thinking an African immigrant with a college degree has to drive a cab, so you'll throw extra money at him. The fare should have been $8, but I still gave $13 reluctantly over the $11 rip off. Didn't care at the time, but didn't see it so clearly until later. I thought about giving exact fare thinking he had stolen his tip, but his resume guilted me and it worked.
My friend took a cab from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, was given a good rate of $80. When the cab got there at the casino, he parked away from the casino entrance(to not cause a scene), extorted her to pay $200. She had her luggage in the trunk, was in a bad position and gave in to his demands. Had she kept her luggage in the back with her, she could have just thrown $80 at him, told him to eff off and walked into the casino. Never put your luggage in the trunk if possible.
I am an adult who is old enough to have a 16 year old teenager(32)
Whoa, you were 15 or 16 when you knocked up her mother?
Most of those cabbies have their information in plain sight -- I just take a picture when I get in the cab and try to be subtle about it.
Still, Uber is perfect for folks that don't want to carry cash