What…? What is this taxi scam and why no girl or bar reviews this time?
Sorry but this is a general information post to warn all my international fellow punters out there who come to Vienna and look for a good time but fall or have already fallen for the taxi scam.
Commission to taxi drivers
In general it has been a common thing for bars, saunas and nightclubs to pay commission to taxi drivers who bring them wealthy and often drunk customers for many many years in Vienna. And I know for a fact that this is normal in every given big city in the world, so nothing major or dangerous about it as long as it stays reasonable.
Years ago, so I been told, the usual commission rate for the cabby was 100 Austrian Schilling and nowadays it is roughly 10 EURO.
So far so good, that is reasonable and nothing out of the ordinary. If every bar in Vienna pays the same rate for a single customer there is really nothing wrong about it. Normal and fair competition. Fairness granted for the customers as well and that is what we need and expect from a major capital of Western Europe.
However in recent years some bars in Vienna have upped their game. To be quite exact, in fact they have upped the prices they pay the taxi drivers for any given customer because they do not have game after all. This has gone as far as paying
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