Woman charged $787.33 for two-mile cab ride

Becky Siegel charged $787.33 for 2 mile cab ride

A 20-year-old college student says she was charged $787.33 for a 2-mile taxi ride to a restaurant in downtown Chicago.

According to Yahoo News, Becky Siegel, a college student from Winnetka, Illinois, hopped into a cab for the 2-mile trip to meet friends at the Sweetwater Tavern and Grille. But instead of charging her a couple of dollars, the cab driver charged her $787.33.

Siegel said when she arrived at her destination she asked the cab driver if she could use her credit card to pay for the fare. Becky’s mother Susan Siegel discovered the abnormal charge while reviewing Becky’s credit card statements.

“He gave her a price and she thinks it was, you know, under ten dollars,” explained Susan. “And so she said, ‘Can I use a credit card?’ And he said, ‘Oh, my swiper isn’t working. Here give it to me and I’ll do it on my Square.”

The Square device and app allows anyone with a Smartphone to charge for services or goods. The problem is the device is not approved for cab drivers to charge fares. Becky says she handed the driver her credit card, told him to add a $2 tip, and signed the app. “I guess I didn’t pay attention or I didn’t look,” Becky told the Chicago Tribune. “I just signed my name with my finger and I left.”

Susan Siegel contacted Visa customer service to dispute the charge, but because Becky had signed off on the transaction, the company refused to refund the charge.

The cab driver, Ali Ghazanfari, stood behind the nearly $800 charge — until the Siegels reached out to the Chicago Tribune for help.

Ghazanfari’s tune changed when Siegel got in touch with the Chicago Tribune’s, “What’s Your Problem?” problem solvers. They reached out to the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. “I remember exactly what happened,” the driver told the Tribune. I made a mistake on the fare.” Ms. Siegel said, “He called me two or three times, and he was in a panic. What I do know is that he is really sorry that he got caught.”

Mika Stambaugh, a spokesperson for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, said that they contacted Square and the company promised to send Siegel a check for $787.33 by the end of this week. Stambaugh added, “Our department has suspended his public chauffeur license pending this investigation… He cooperated with us but he’s not in the country so we still have a few unresolved issues pertaining to this case.” Source



 


69 Responses to “Woman charged $787.33 for two-mile cab ride”

  1. 1
    FuturedocDonte says:

    :thinking: must be nice to not notice $800 missing off your credit card. And your mama had to see it for you :coffee: mama paying that bill

  2. 2
    Gigi26 says:

    Man I would’ve fought that damn dot head for trying to rip me off, these towelheads better act like they know!!

    They know who to do that to though, she didn’t even ask the price she let him swipe. Dummy :no: They always try it in Nyc with the hot dogs, and I curse em out. Of course I no longer purchase from them :tea:

  3. 3
    Who Dat says:

    Becky
    ^^^^^^^^
    This is the problem. Right the fugg here.

  4. 4
    Gigi26 says:

    That sprite girl is an idiot. Plain and simple. :no: Her parents should take the damn card away from her.

  5. 5

    Who Dat says:

    Becky
    ^^^^^^^^
    This is the problem. Right the fugg here.
    _______________________________________________

    Zactly… :coffee:

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    San ah make ya dance says:

    The Square device and app allows anyone with a Smartphone to charge for services or goods. The problem is the device is not approved for cab drivers to charge fares. Becky says she handed the driver her credit card, told him to add a $2 tip, and signed the app. “I guess I didn’t pay attention or I didn’t look,” Becky told the Chicago Tribune. “I just signed my name with my finger and I left.”
    ————-
    Dummy and sound like you got money. 1 taking a damn cab in the Chi and 2 not looking at the total just signing :wtf: kind of shyt is that

  7. 7
    Buttercup says:

    Her mama didn’t teach her to take the Nippy approach… “I wanna see some receipts!”

    Morning y’all :waves:

  8. 8
    Beta says:

    I am more intrigued by the fact that this heifer is 20 :huh:

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    San ah make ya dance says:

    “I remember exactly what happened,” the driver told the Tribune. I made a mistake on the fare.” Ms. Siegel said, “He called me two or three times, and he was in a panic. What I do know is that he is really sorry that he got caught.”
    —————\
    :hahaha: I wonder how many ppl cab drivers rip off

  10. 10
    Ms Peaches says:

    Good morning Roses.

  11. 11
    Who Dat says:

    That sprite girl is an idiot. Her parents should take the damn card away from her.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    CORRECT

  12. 12
    n1kk1a says:

    Her name would be Becky….

  13. 13
  14. 14
    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    20 year old college student?
    Where is she at? I see her mama up there :blink:

  15. 15
    kamadiva says:

    @Beta – I thought the same thing…she looks 40!

  16. 16

    :smack: cab drivers make me sick though …. and you can always tell when they running the meter ….. driving like snails on the highway ….. unethical :nono:

  17. 17
    Ms Peaches says:

    Her name would be Becky….

    —————————-

    Hella funny

  18. 18
    libra80sbaby says:

    :facepalm: dumb ass. But it must be nice not to notice $800 missing. A shidd I be knowing when my account be 8 cent off and I wanna know where the fugg it’s at too :waiting:

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    “He gave her a price and she thinks it was, you know, under ten dollars,” explained Susan. “And so she said, ‘Can I use a credit card?’ And he said, ‘Oh, my swiper isn’t working. Here give it to me and I’ll do it on my Square.”
    The Square device and app allows anyone with a Smartphone to charge for services or goods.
    _________________________

    :facepalm: Lord have mercy

  20. 20
    Matchsticks says:

    I’ve only done this once in a Chicago cab, and it wasn’t no damn phone app it was the old fashioned card imprint charge. And the cab driver wasn’t happy bc back then there was a surcharge they had to pay as drivers to allow folks to pay with credit cards. But in NYC they have it where you handle everything in the backseat anyway… this chick is slow for real…

  21. 21

    libra80sbaby says:

    :facepalm: dumb ass. But it must be nice not to notice $800 missing. A shidd I be knowing when my account be 8 cent off and I wanna know where the fugg it’s at too
    _________________

    Chile :tea:

  22. 22
    FuturedocDonte says:

    :offtopic:

    Today at the men’s bible study, I took pics with Ezra Hill, one of the original Tuskegee airmen. He had been going for a while and me and my pastor started going like 3 weeks ago. I Asked him what his name was (so I could hear his last name) and he said ” Ezra. Google Me…” :eek: :hahaha:

  23. 23

    I don’t sign shyt until I see the exactly what I am being charged for. Almost had to get “ethnic” cause the lady at Walmart double charged me for a phone charger. Gonna argue me up and down that she only scanned it once. :cuss: I know what I saw scrolling on that lil ass screen.

    I can count, even it I have to use my fingers most times. :coffee:

  24. 24
    San ah make ya dance says:

    20 year old college student?
    Where is she at? I see her mama up there :blink:
    ———
    :hahaha:

  25. 25
    A.J. says:

    Good Morning Sandra!! A beautiful spring day in the A!!

    Jenie :woot:
    future
    gigi
    taken
    peaches
    san
    beta
    buttercup
    long time lurker

    and anyone else I didn’t mention. You matter. :lol:

  26. 26
    The Pearl! says:

    :hi: Good morning, All. Becky, huh? Reminds me of last month, sitting in the hospital waiting room waiting on my mother’s surgery with a couple of aunties, uncles and other relatives. One aunt/uncle brought a pic-a-nic basket full of good food. We basically took over one area, but there was a white girl in the corner charging her phone, so, like a champ, she stayed put, smiled and only turned a little red roundst all of us. I KEPT asking Auntie, “can we share some food with ‘Becky’, Auntie?” to which she responded “hell no. I ain’t feedin Becky!” After 30 minutes or so, she got a conscience and out of nowhere, jumps up and says: “Becky, would you like something to eat?” That white girl looked at my aunt and said, “huh?” And she said, “isn’t your name Becky?” The girl shook her head no and after a minute she left. I gave my Auntie pure hell (and still do) for not knowin that Becky is the universal name for a white girl. That was some funny SHYT!

  27. 27
    SouthernPrincess says:

    Her aging process has certainly been expeditious.
    But it must be nice to have your mother paying your credit card bill!

  28. 28

    Guy at a Jamaican Restaurant tried it one day …. I went to pay with my card…. and he tells me his machine is down… he can take the number down and … :stop: ninja palease DA HELL :nono:

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    A.J. says:

    20 year old college student?
    Where is she at? I see her mama up there :blink:
    ———
    :hahaha:
    ^^^
    All this tho :lol:

  31. 31
    Buttercup says:

    Ezra. Google Me…” :eek:
    ========
    :rofl: I haven’t googled him, but I :heart: him already.

  32. 32
    San ah make ya dance says:

    I don’t sign shyt until I see the exactly what I am being charged for. Almost had to get “ethnic” cause the lady at Walmart double charged me for a phone charger. Gonna argue me up and down that she only scanned it once. :cuss: I know what I saw scrolling on that lil ass screen.

    I can count, even it I have to use my fingers most times.
    ————-
    :hahaha: You gotta be careful at walmart. They will double scan/wrong price shyt. Not even looking just scanning :typing:

  33. 33

    FuturedocDonte says:

    :offtopic:
    Today at the men’s bible study, I took pics with Ezra Hill, one of the original Tuskegee airmen. He had been going for a while and me and my pastor started going like 3 weeks ago. I Asked him what his name was (so I could hear his last name) and he said ” Ezra. Google Me…
    ___________________________

    ROFL :hahaha: he said check my stats :yes:

  34. 34
    San ah make ya dance says:

    :waves: AJ

  35. 35
    kamadiva says:

    @ PEARL – :rofl:

  36. 36
    FuturedocDonte says:

    I was dying laughing my Pastor was looking at me like :coffee: he Didnt get it

  37. 37

    :hi: AJ

    @ The Pearl! :rofl: I would have paid to see that shyt..

  38. 38
    missyJ says:

    “Becky, would you like something to eat?” That white girl looked at my aunt and said, “huh?” And she said, “isn’t your name Becky?” The girl shook her head no and after a minute she left.
    ______________________________________________

    Almost gave myself an aneurysm trying to laugh on the inside… my chest hurt, eyes watering and chit

  39. 39
    lexdiamonz says:

    Gigi26 says:

    Man I would’ve fought that damn dot head for trying to rip me off, these towelheads better act like they know!!

    :dead: @ DOTHEAD

    :kona:

  40. 40
    VDot says:

    He cooperated with us but he’s not in the country

    ________________________

    So basically he took her $800 and bought a plane ticket to go back home. :lol:

  41. 41
    sassyshe says:

    So now the cabbie gonna be deported for a cab ride, big dummy. When you not legit you keep a low profile

  42. 42
    Buttercup says:

    :hi: A.J.

    “Becky, would you like something to eat?”
    ===========
    So y’all just gonna start cutting up early this morning, huh?
    :hahaha:

  43. 43
    The Pearl! says:

    missyJ says:

    “Becky, would you like something to eat?” That white girl looked at my aunt and said, “huh?” And she said, “isn’t your name Becky?” The girl shook her head no and after a minute she left.
    ______________________________________________

    Almost gave myself an aneurysm trying to laugh on the inside… my chest hurt, eyes watering and chit

    ______________
    Hey! THAT’S what my Mama was having surgery for!!! I sweatergawd! 3 Aneurisms!!! :hahaha: I can laugh cuz my Mama survived! (You couldn’t have known…don’t feel bad.) :hahaha:

  44. 44
    San ah make ya dance says:

    So this nig out the country too? :ghost:

  45. 45
    Wasting time says:

    missyJ says:

    “Becky, would you like something to eat?” That white girl looked at my aunt and said, “huh?” And she said, “isn’t your name Becky?” The girl shook her head no and after a minute she left.

    _______________________

    :hahaha: :rofl:
    I love your aunt!
    My granny still call them “White Peoples” and she loud with it.

  46. 46
  47. 47
    Carrington says:

    Who amongst us HASNT gotten home, looked at your receipt and said, “That washing powder was supposed to be $12.88, not $15.99!”

    Is this really a “dumb”, “white”, or “rich” issue?

  48. 48

    He cooperated with us but he’s not in the country so we still have a few unresolved issues pertaining to this case.” Source
    ——–
    :lol:

    He most likely got other folks on this damn scam and that’s probably why he left :no: dummies.

  49. 49

    I live here in Atlanta but travel to NYC and Los Angeles a lot. I can’t stand cab drivers! Most of them are extremely rude and those credit card machines often do not work and they get an attitude if you can’t apply the tip which is an extra step on that damn thing! I hate cabs and opt out to call a friend to pick me up or just drive myself whenever I can! My personal opinion. Some love them but I just don’t! Smh! Glad she got her money back! :tea:

  50. 50

    You gotta be careful at walmart. They will double scan/wrong price shyt. Not even looking just scanning
    ____________________________________________

    And the always mean mugging and combative. I :smoke: one before I go, cause that store stresses me the fcuk out.

    Then I wreak havoc in cookies and cakes section. :coffee:

  51. 51

    Just tore this oatmeal summer berry oatmeal bowl the fvck up!!

    They made me fast this morning :crying:

  52. 52
    cheeks8683 says:

    Her name had to be Becky….I hardly ever use my credit card for things of that nature. I always get parinoid using it at places like the car wash or vending mechine…Too much room for error. I usually carry at least $20-40 in cash with me.

  53. 53
    A.J. says:

    I live here in Atlanta but travel to NYC and Los Angeles a lot. I can’t stand cab drivers! Most of them are extremely rude and those credit card machines often do not work and they get an attitude if you can’t apply the tip which is an extra step on that damn thing! I hate cabs and opt out to call a friend to pick me up or just drive myself whenever I can! My personal opinion. Some love them but I just don’t! Smh! Glad she got her money back!
    _______
    Not to mention, unsanitary!!

  54. 54
    The Pearl! says:

    And the always mean mugging and combative. I one before I go, cause that store stresses me the fcuk out.

    Then I wreak havoc in cookies and cakes section.

    _____________
    Not wreak havoc though! :hahaha: Love it.

  55. 55
    midwestgyrl says:

    :facepalm:

  56. 56
    Wasting time says:

    I try not to go to Walmart at all. If I need anything I try to get off site or send my momma. I did it once and it had a man who likes to dress like a woman, he/she/it had the nastiest attitude I had to let them know I’ll fight while he is in or out of drag.

  57. 57
    A.J. says:

    Razzle Dazzle gravi :rofl: not Holiday Heart tho!! Ving Rhames big ass.

  58. 58
    San ah make ya dance says:

    Who amongst us HASNT gotten home, looked at your receipt and said, “That washing powder was supposed to be $12.88, not $15.99!”

    Is this really a “dumb”, “white”, or “rich” issue?
    ————–
    Doesn’t equate to this scenario. We talkin bout almost $1,000 :no:

  59. 59

    @Carrington it’s all a matter of paying attention. Personally I think she might have tried to hide the charge because the square application SENDS YOU A TEXT MESSAGE AND EMAIL about your recent purchase. The fact that it took her mother seeing it on the statements means something some how got deleted or went unreviewed LONG BEFORE the statement date.

  60. 60
    San ah make ya dance says:

    :newpost:

  61. 61
    A.J. says:

    Is this really a “dumb”, “white”, or “rich” issue?
    _________
    It’s the level of awareness IMO. I have a white friend and she is like Becky. Completely oblivious to keeping track of receipts and checking before she gives her card to a bartender. :shrug:

  62. 62

    AJ Yes love Ving Rhames :lol: :lol:

    I hate the fact that my husband didn’t believe me when I told him that the person in black was Doug Christie’s wife all because of her peach fuzz mustache. :dead:

  63. 63
    missyJ says:

    @The Pearl

    Big ups to Becky for lasting as long as she did. Me and lil missy in the airport.. sprite couple sitting down next to the outlet. Me and lil missy sit across from them so she can charge her tablet and watch a movie. I actually timed them 2:37 and they were out :hahaha:

  64. 64
    Gigi26 says:

    Shiiid If I see a discrepancy on the damn scanner machine i’m like wait that’s not what the price said and I will tell her to TAKE IT AWF. In front of errybody. Yep, sure will.

    Hell I had to chin check this fat porky Latina broad last week in Whole Foods, bytch ain’t put no rubbabands around my damn fruit like she posed to. I said uhhh you ain’t gonna secure the fruit? To which she got an attitude :rollseyes: I don’t a fukk if them Sprites gotta wait, you pack my organic groceries right you puta!

  65. 65
    Just Looking says:

    Good Morning Beautiful One :happy:

    Dude was like fugg this’ going to Iran for a month. Buy some good and export them in in my suitcase.

  66. 66
    Just Looking says:

    Had one of them lil devices shipped to me, for my fish plate week-end. Folks talkn bout I get you next weekend. Nah buddy, let me get your card :tea:

  67. 67

    :newpost: on Fatazz and Chicken legs Lala

  68. 68
    Dreadhead85 says:

    That hapened to me once. I went to a Jamaican restaurant, and my total was something like $9.26 amd they charged me $92.60. I was pissed! But I realized it when they gave me the receipt. I looked at the receipt and I was floored! That’s why you always have to check your receipt when you pay for something

  69. 69

    FYI
    IF you’re paying with cash and they don’t have the change to give you—–Free Ride! :tea: #aintyourfaulteither

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