Foreign Student Who Speaks Little English Gets Charged $4,000 For Taxi Ride…And Pays It

September 2, 2013  |  

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If a cab driver ever tried to overcharge you for the ride they gave you (especially in New York), just know that your situation was nowhere near as bad as a young foreign student scammed who paid $4,240 to a taxi driver in Chicago.

According to Gawker, a Chinese student on his way to the University of Illinois for the first time to start classes picked up a cab at O’Hare Airport. Unfortunately for the young man, he spoke very little English, so the cabbie lied to him and told him there were no more buses available heading to the university’s campus that evening. He told the student he could give him a ride as a last-ditch effort for a mere $1,000…

Once again, the student spoke little English and was new in the country, so he believed him. But according to the Daily Mail, the actual cost for a ride from the airport to the University of Illinois in Champaign is about $290 (the trip is about 150 miles, fyi). By the time the 18-year-old student arrived to the campus, the cab driver told him he was going to need $4,800 instead for all the miles traveled. According to the University of Illinois police Sgt. Tom Geis, he says the student “said he didn’t have that much so he gave him all he had.” Altogether, that was $4,240.

Chicago police are now looking for the white male cab driver (yeah right), and the student is probably somewhere having the worst start to college life ever. Poor thing. I’ll never complain about being charged $30 to get from LaGuardia to Bed-Stuy ever again…

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