This is by far the worst taxi trip I had experienced in any city (this includes countless NYC trips and a Philadelphia trip where our driver got out of the cab and into a fistfight with another driver).
It was bad enough that the driver was surly and rude from the outset, but then as we began driving, he took a call to schedule a pick-up and, rather than asking them to call back or hold (we were within 2 minutes of my destination), he decided to drive with no hands on a highway, with phone in one hand and jotting down notes on the other. Finally he decided to pull over onto the grass (now within SIGHT of my destination), finished the conversation while the meter continued ticking, then had the nerve to try to charge me for that time! Not only did he put both our lives in danger, display terrible professionalism, AND waste my valuable time, he wanted me to pay for it???
When I refused to pay that extra dollar, he then had the nerve to curse at me (in some pretty grown-up language) and drive away. You can bet this is going to the BBB.
AVOID CHECKER CABS WHEN YOU FLY INTO AVL.
Every other cab company I've used out of AVL has been extremely courteous and professional, and pleasant to chat with during my rides.