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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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Glasgow black cabs
OK, so probably black cabs anywhere.

There were 5 of us in need of a taxi in Glasgow city centre. 4 of us were going to Cambuslang, and another one further on to East Kilbride.

As we had 5 in the party, a black cab seemed sensible - particularly as it was pissing with rain and a free black cab was standing in front of us.

We piled in, and explained where we wanted to go. The driver, a fat, balding, miserable old b'stard - undoubtedly a Rangers supporter - launched into a volley of "Well I'll tell you all right now that it'll cost you 30 quid minimum for that!"

Now as I recalled, I had gone from Cambuslang into town just a few hours earlier (by minicab) for the princely sum of just £7, this seemed somewhat ludicrous. And we told him that, although perhaps "ludicrous" wasn't the word. "Thieving Weedgie cnut" was probably closer to it.

We piled out of the cab, and phoned the minicab company and requested 2 taxis. The taxis showed up within 5 minutes. Each charged £7 to get back to Cambuslang, and we sent one on to East Kilbride with the final drop off for another £7. So all in all we spent £21 for 2 taxis, instead of £30 for one. WTF?

I've never let a black cab out in front of me since then. Feckers.
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 12:11, 3 replies)
Which company did you use? I can never get a taxi back from Glasgow City Centre to East Kilbride for much less than around £20! That's even phoning EK companies in to pick us up!
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 13:17, closed)
A black cab from Queen St station to Cadogan Street cost me about £3 a couple of years back. £7 to EK is a bargain in anyone's book!
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 13:38, closed)
Me and my mates used to have to get taxi's all the time when we stayed in Bellshill
But we used to go up to taxi's and say "£15 to Bellshill. One drop off, cash up front"
Might go through a few taxi's before one says yes, but you'll normally get one fairly easily.

(Hastie Cabs in Hamilton are normally pretty reasonable too)
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 20:56, closed)

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