Why The People Behind Airport Taxi / Rent-A-Car Inside NAIA Should Die Already

And the endless ripoff continues...

There's a story circulating online about how the airport taxis work, posted few hours yesterday:

This is the line for metered taxicabs at NAIA Terminal 2. Prior to joining this queue, we had been offered by a guy an "airport taxi." When we reached their desk, we were quoted a fare of P1,800 to our office on Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong. When we asked how come the rate was so high, the man told us it was because we were paying for a "rental car." We protested and said: "But you offered an airport TAXI." He pointed at the long line for the metered taxis, and said we'd have to fall in line if we wanted a taxi.

So we refused and walked away. "Niloloko nyo ang mga tao," we told him. A woman saw us and tried to win us back. She led us to the same desk. She quoted us a rate of P1,280. WTF. Her colleague had just tried to take P1,800 from us. In a span of less than two minutes, the rate had changed.
Even more funnily, another woman approached us and declared: "Sir, eto final na, P1,050." We let her know that her two companions had just tried to charge us higher rates. She answered: "Sir, ganun po talaga dahil iba-iba kaming companies." We told her: "Hindi rin. Magkakasama kayo. Isang kartel din kayo. Parusa kayo sa mga tao."
Even so, we wanted to take the P1,050 ride because we were really exhausted from the long trip. But then we realized we would be contributing to this wrong system if we did.
So we dragged our luggage all the way to the back of the line for the metered taxis. The metered cabs arrived in trickles (the rental cars, however, were available as you needed one).
Standing in front of us in the line was an American geophysicist based in the Philippines. He lives in Makati, and the same rental-car peeps were charging him P3,200. "You know, I love this country, but you have the worst airport in the world," he rued. "The last thing arriving passengers want is to get hassled. And they won't allow Uber here."
Why do we allow this? PS: We paid just P320 for the metered cab.

We also happen to have an AirBnB client who came all the way from Mongolia. Apparently, she was offered a "more efficient" cab, who happens to be a rent-a-car. In the end, she was charged a whopping P1,900! Our daily AirBnB rate is just P650 and she almost paid around 3 days worth of stay already because of that cab.

What a shame.

Not all foreigners who visits Manila happens to have a bunch of budget to spare. Most of the time, the hardcore travelers from around the world are on a tight budget (our visitor is a budget traveller who just wants to see Malapascua next week).

You are killing their wallets and draining all their hard-earned money off of them. You all probably should die, you don't belong to 2016. Walang konsensya. Is there anything else we need to know about NAIA's dirty systems after "laglag-bala", and this?

Share this humiliating story with your friends now. Let the LTO / LTFRB know. (Source: TOPGEAR Philippines)

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