Every once in a while a German tourist pops up in Greece seeking fun without paying, claiming Greeks owe to German taxpayers.
Media in Crete report of a German woman who refused to pay for a taxi ride claiming “You owe us money, anyway.”
The woman needed a ride from Chania to Platanas, and asked a cab driver at the taxi queue about the fixed price. When he said the price was 16 euro, she told him “Instead to take us somewhere for free because you owe us money, you ask us to pay you.”
The taxi driver got upset and asked a colleague to take the woman to her destination.
Upon arrival,the taximeter was showing 18 euro -instead of 16 – because she wanted to go further than Platanas.
The passenger got upset and refused to pay. The cab driver told her he would call the police. The woman threw a 20-euro bank note at the driver and left the taxi.
…and then the hell broke out between the local taxi drivers association and some websites including local media, that claimed the incident was fake news.
I don’t know what’s the problem between local media and the taxi drivers association. At the very end the incident turned to be true, while the problem had to do with bad copy-paste and misunderstanding that I am a bit much too busy to explain here.
The main problem is that some tourist feels chicanery is a nice hobby towards the ‘lazy Greeks’ and provides an internal pleasure otherwise missing in pathetic personalities.
The last similar incident I can reckon was in 2016, in Heraklio, Crete again with a German tourist who refused to pay to a taxi ride to airport.
If I am not wrong a total of 4 or 5 such incidents in total have taken place since 2010, where European tourists of different nationalities refused to pay taxi or restaurant bills using this kind of argument.
Thank Goodness, these are isolated incidents.