Horrible Experience With Farwest Taxi
On Saturday, April 10th I decided to visit my brother in Everett. I left Tacoma at 7:15am by way of the #577 bus from Federal Way and arrived downtown Seattle at about 8:10am to discover that the bus stop where I'd need to catch the #510 Express to Everett is closed long term due to construction. Being unfamilar with Seattle, I walked around to perhaps find an alternate stop and noticed a #510 coming my way. This bus passed me and continued on down to Olive and made a right, so I assumed that the next stop would be somewhere that direction. Because I was carrying a heavy suitcase and completely full military bag along with other shoulder bags, I was totally weighted down and knew trying to lug that stuff no telling how many blocks would be murder. I spotted a LINE of Farwest Taxi Cabs across the street (I'm thinking it was 4th & Union) and struggled my way over to the lead cab in line. The driver was reading a paper and having a conversation with another driver in the back seat drinking coffee. Sweating and aching from hefting all that luggage, I asked the driver if he were available and told him that all I needed was a ride for a few blocks to find the nearest #510 stop to catch the express, letting him know that I'd pay him $7 bucks or whatever for a few blocks of driving. His remark to me was, ""How is $7 worth my time?"" I was stunned. This guy was doing NOTHING, and wouldn't drive me a few blocks for $7? I obviously had more, but how foolish an exchange would that be? The guy then tells me that what I really need is to go to the ""NORTHGATE"" transit terminal, and that he'd take me there for $25.00!!!! I asked him how far it was away and he wouldn't answer the question. I asked him once more to take my original offer since it was beyond fair, and he told me that I'd have to walk. I was so flabberghastted at this lazy, greedy human being that I wouldn't have bothered to ask another Farwest Taxi driver to assist me, and so went looking for a Yellow Cab or some other. Two blocks over, I called to a fellow across the street and asked him if he knew where I might catch the express going north to Everett and he told me to go one block over and two blocks up and I'd be at 6th & Olive where I'd be picked up with no problem. Exhausted, I arrived that the stop, the bus came, and I was on my way. I asked the driver if the expressed would be going by Northgate station and she said, emphatically, ""NO!"" That's when I decided that - although I'm not one to go whining in public over this sort of thing - I had to put this affront out there for others to read. Farwest Taxi ignored my dilemma, attempted to take advantage of me, and lied to me. Farwest Taxi was willing to steal money from me through this attempt to scam me into taking a $25 (or MORE) dollar ride to be abandoned at a bus stop where the bus I wanted did not go to. I wil, from this point forward, always suggest that anyone I know avoid Farwest Taxi. Anyone who wants to debate the merits of this review is free to contact me personally.