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Bet they get more rides, too.

I'm much more willing to catch a cab in NYC than I am in Chicago or Milwaukee, because I usually don't carry enough cash for a ride and I'm usually not in the mood to squabble with the driver. I swear, I can usually walk to my destination in the time it takes to watch a Chicago cabbie pantomime with the card reader in an effort to convince me it's broken.

If you're not too short, they usually take the cash over the card. You get a cheap ride and they don't get all pissy. I do it all the time.

Before you get in the cab ask, "Can you accept credit cards right now?" I found they won't hassle me if they know I'm onto their scam.

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