Top ten reasons given by Tehran’s taxi drivers for overcharging me
I turned on the music just for you
You don’t want to be in the backseat without air conditioning in this weather
My meter is outmoded; it shows last year’s fare.
Traffic is horrible
We add special surcharge on holidays
I give the extra money to charity on your behalf
I am sick and tired of being branded as an honest law-abiding driver
I got you to your destination in one piece
I let you choose the path toward your destination
I have to go begging for money on the street if I charge you the official rate.
I had to set my meter on out-of-country rate since you are coming from the United States
Don’t you want to have interesting stories to tell when you return to the US?