If anyone else met this scam on New Years Eve, I suggest you contact the Public Utility Commission and raise a royal stink.
Me: Hey, is there a long wait for cabs tonight?
Dispatch: Not really…
Me: Cool, can I get a cab at [my address]
Dispatch: Sure, just so you know- the fare tonight is twenty bucks plus whatever the meter reads.
Me: Pardon me?
Dispatch: Yeah, it’s new years eve, man.
Me: You’re telling me that there’s an extra twenty dollar fee to take your stank-ass cab tonight?
Me: Go [expletive deleted] yourself.
And that was it. I hung up ENRAGED and INSULTED that this cab company- this same cab company which I called countless times before for inebriated rides home from the bar or for a quick trip to the train station would have the audacity to GOUGE it’s customers on a night of the year that’s notorious for drunk drivers and DUI crackdowns.
I got lucky, I took the last bus downtown at 6:30 and found myself a ride home at 1 a.m. I suspect that if I had called a cab (all of whom were doing big business around 6:30 I saw) I'd have encountered this and flipped a bitchfit, and walked (it's about 2 miles.)