(MIAMI HERALD) -- When Carol and Eugene Barrington were ushered into a yellow cab from the official taxi queue at Miami International Airport on Sept. 13, 2017, they weren’t paying attention to the license number or driver’s name. Why would they? They were just happy to be on vacation.
“We were tourists being put in a cab to our hotel. We didn’t know any better,” said Mrs. Barrington. For about 45 minutes, the couple relaxed in the back of the taxi, not realizing that they would be charged more than $35 per mile for that trip, or about $17 per minute. (The standard rate is $2.40 a mile, with up to $0.40 per minute of wait time.)
They’d already had a streak of bad luck — Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on their Houston home, and then Irma blew through South Florida three days before their planned Miami vacation. But in the end, their cruise on the Celebrity Equinox was not canceled, and they had a day to explore Miami before setting sail. It seemed their luck was improving.
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