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Police say someone charged a new University of Illinois student, who had just arrived in Chicago from China, more than $4,000 for a ride from O'Hare International Airport to the Urbana-Champaign campus.
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[kcilpahc leahcim] - ... was it really charged ?!
[streklof ytsirhc] - Welcome to the U.S.! That's shameful!
[yenrencm nej] - This is horrible!
[yenreit gerg] - Only in America...
[regztem 'knat' ttam] - guess they are letting anyone in there these days...
[gnorts mij] - I would have done it for a lot less.He or she got way overcharged.
[smop trauts] - dam, that's terrible
[etiawhtiarb nodrog nitsua] - sound about right. taxi rides these days can get expensive.
[kcocbab eoj] - It is horrible that someone would charge him that much, but even more horrible that the person doesn't know the value of money before arriving. How can that person be in college????!!! Dumb.
[kcocbab eoj] - He should have looked for a different ride, obviously.
[llebpmac yelhsa] - Could of bought his own damn car for that price!
[allerrap hpesoj] - Welcome to Chicago.
[oops teragram] - what is wrong with people today.
[rekab nagem] - Did they like... Get in a cab at O'Hare and be like, take me to the U of I please?
Because... The U of I is 155 miles away...
[enyag irol] - Sadly, the guy isn't American...
[nnamfoh idnar] - I guess the guy knew nothing about trains?
[zenun aicitel] - That is SO wrong.
[remlap leinad] - welcome to america....
[naah 'reklaw' enirehtak] - Well.... Student should have contacted his international office to find out the best transportation options ahead of time. Sigh.
[nabub kram] - It must have been meter and a half!
[noslen nayr] - U gotta be stupid to pay that anyway I don't care if u just got here
[bbew yecin] - So sad...when folks take advantage of the innocent!!! smdh
[eiram attig] - He should have had the exchange rate or purchased a book on it before handing over that much money, did he speak any English at all!!! Don't the cabbies call in each pick up from the Airport? I'm sure they will find this jerk..
[mah yssirhc] - Was he trying to get to UofIC?
[elggub esaj] - I take it the student isn't a math major?
[yssennef brab] - That's horrible. Wonder what the airfare was.
[zehcnas trauts ardnassac] - Poor thing! It's disgusting that there are so many parasites out there just waiting to take advantage of someone.
[kcilpahc leahcim] - ... I'm going to bet whoever "charged" him, is in America on a work visa...
[yrtneg arik] - That's ridiculous. I'm ashamed that that's the welcome this student received when he reached USA.
[lwofemag sonivert] - dude shoulda known.that was alotta money nd called another cab
[sivad airam] - who carries that much loot around in there pocket..
[rekab nagem] - Seriously... U OF I IS 155 MILES AWAY FROM O'HARE!!! That's a 6 hour round trip for a cabbie guys. If he got in a cab to take him there.. I'm sorry but its kind of his fault.
[zehcnas trauts ardnassac] - Why would that be your guess, Michael Chaplick?
[hcse mij] - Thats a pretty far drive for a taxi lol
[yar acilakcam yllek] - Shame on the University for not arranging transportation for their International students. Boo!
[selacs ekim] - How did someone this clueless make it all the way to college?
[lrac ahtnamas] - Akin to the college elevator key prank. If the U of I student was so smart to get into the college, they should have known about trains and the value of a dollar. Both people are culpable in this folly.
[samsok kcin] - Better then getting shot I guess
[lahptsew tnerb] - Talk about a sandpaper hand job.
[eornom alegna] - Fools- both of them !
[ogrebla eoj] - What a way to make an honest living... NOT
[zednanreh j ynohtna] - I was charged $1985.65 by a cab driver for a $6.00 cab ride, and the police couldnt do anything and neither did Yellowcab. However chase returned the money because of fraud.
[kcilpahc leahcim] - Because most taxi drivers are!
[ybud enna yram] - What a great way to introduce someone to America and the University!!!!! I hope they find this person, fire them and charge them with theft!,, It is disgusting to take such an advantage of someone, any one!!!!! Shame on them!
[aicrag ynnad] - The University shoud refund his dumb ass consider it a freebee
[toille ydnew] - This makes no sense.
[onaglag ekim] - Shoulda coulda woulda doesn't help the poor student now.
[naloot-enaed uol yram] - That cabbie should have his license taken away!!!!!!!
[namzug ainoz] - I would have done it for $2000 ;)
[eknhaj ydurt] - find them and get it back for the kid
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[alavaz sirhc] - Welcome to America smh
[tsiuqgnuoy airdnaxela] - Why would someone intelligent enough to be able to attend U of I not know.... But that is a long trip... not worth 4grand
[nothguancm nibor] - Find that cabbie and arrest him for extortion!!! And get back the kids money. Not to be racist..but it was probably some ass from another country that screwed this college kid.
[kesozc luap] - U of I is 90% Chinese!
[ssudirf nivek] - I don't even feel bad for the kid - what an idiot
[ecnav nivek] - That's just the beginning.. Wait until our government gets ahold of him.. They'll tear him a new hole and call it taxes
[htenrew bob] - The best is it got 30 likes!
[onilleb leahcim] - Welcome to America ...
[tropnevad-noskcaj .m nwad] - that's just awful..I hope they catch that person ....
[reits nivek] - Go back to china cause you a dumbbbasssss lol
[nosrehpcam ttam] - Should have gotten out of the car and ran like hell
[sappap de] - i hope he got 1st class
[mid ekim] - Sounds about right...
[dnyl sirhc] - Seems like just the kid to need a college education.
[kaiwobyr alemap] - Uh, Amtrak...$39.00
[ikswonilam-nosrettap ydnic] - I keep reading " if he was smart enough to get into U of I Champaign. Urbana campus". Hey isn't that the party school. Was never a difficult school to get in, as for the fee charged, well if it was a cab driver, he's a crook. But obviously smarter than this college bound student!
[zenipog ynnad] - It might of been a police officer acting as a cab driver
[nehoc reual acire] - He got into U of I ?
[sretnev semaj] - gotta pay back that debt to China somehow....one student at a time
[volerog matsur] - There are signs all over O'Hare warning not to take rides from the people offering it, they also say it on the intercom every few minutes. That is just dumb to pay that much for a ride or even $1000 that he agreed to.
[rellim elyl] - That driver should feel like crap...but you know he doesn't. There's no way I would do that to a kid from another country. Can you imagine being 18 in China and giving up all your bread in a cab? Yeah...me either. :-(
[nworb leahcim] - Chinese take advantage of us everyday
[nnamtrah nahtanoj] - He can probably afford it. Illinois is just mad they didn't get taxes on it.
[esuark elyk] - Everyone is saying "welcome to America", well 9 out if 10 times I take a cab, it's not an American driver!!!
[ydamla htiek] - I hope he enrolled in Common Sense 101!
[nallimcam neleh] - Why wasn't a ride prearranged for him?
[aecila adnilasor] - I don't believe this story. A ride from O'Hare to U of I . $ 4000??? This is gotta be a joke!!
[silam yrreg] - You're telling me the ride ISN'T $4000? Really?
[elsof arabrab] - Everyone of you for making a smart remark shame on you! If that was your kid overseas and not familiar with the country then someone would charge him $4000 you would be bouncing off the wall trying to get the money back. Better yet if you travel to different countries somebody does it to you how would you feel?
[silam yrreg] - And who carries around 4 grand in cash?
[kilam ihc karabum] - Joseph R. Helbing hahahha
[zealep ordep] - This kid is a total dumbass. No sympathy for him.
[silam yrreg] - If he's a college student, he's not that smart.
[eerdlab nek] - The University should revoke their admission based on their stupidity!
[silam yrreg] - Strangely, this has all the makings of an internet urban legend story. I really find it difficult to believe the truth in this story.
[avarom drahcir] - 154 miles ONE WAY... 2:30 minutes ONE WAY... I image a trip like that would be expensive. The cab isn't licensed to pick up fares in Urbana so an empty cab making no money on the 2:30 trip back.
[illecrom nhoj] - Free enterprise!!
[evol yaldnif adnil] - Why would he think that it was a good idea to take a taxi in the first place! Didn't he have a map and see that it wasn't a "taxi" good drive? No sympathy. He/she deserves the charge.
[legelf sivart] - I'm sorry but common sense works the same in any foreign as it does here. It sucks this kid got taken lesson learned!
[illecrom nhoj] - Rots a ruck in getting the money back!
[ikswonilam-nosrettap ydnic] - Honestly, I have been in another country and have been taken advantage of monetarily, and no my parents weren't screaming and trying to get the money back... It's called the school of hard knocks. You enter someplace with blind trust you have set yourself up to be taken advantage of. Lesson learned on my end. Never happened to me again.
[gnol divad] - Are we SURE this student belongs at U of I??????
[setits anaid] - Could afford it or he would have researched better transportation alternatives. Visiting the state of Illinois and Chicago isn't that difficult to research, even in a foreign language.
[iksludar trebor] - No tip? Thats not cool.
[ael asil] - From O'Hare to Champaign was gonna be a pretty penny with the cost of a taxi ride anyway. But $4, 000? Yikes!
[zevahc acnaib] - That's not cool.
[sirrah airtemed akemat] - Personally, the kid was taken advantage ot. I am willing to be that it does not cost $4,000 to ride from O'Hare Airport to Urbana, IL. I bet it doesn't.
[sdrawde yzus] - somebody obviously alerted police AFTER the fact, why didn't he refuse to pay and let the cabbie call the cops on him, no cop in their right mind is going to make him pay that, and if that is all the money you have in a foreign country why would you give it all for a cab ride. Foreign or not that's just stupid.
[tsug tnerb] - This student should have known better if he was enrolling into college... Learn or goggle common sense next time!
[ginem yelhsa] - I got into a cab at o'hare once and asked the driver how much to palatine and he told me $100, I was like no way!! Apparently they are allowed to change different fares depending on weather they primarily service Chicago city limits or suburbs. Buyer be ware!!
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[siwel ffej] - also left his cell phone behind. what a kick in the groin.
[ikserub lyrad] - How much would he have
paid for a private jet?
[tsbap ffej] - Damned taxi drivers. Most of it is that Chicago tax.
[rebergdlef s nella] - Its only 18 dollars by train
[yekrats einahpets] - My question is... How did this kid ever get in to the U of I? Takes more than book smarts my friend.
[namrus samoht] - How much did they tip?
[ecnop acissej] - That's ridiculous!
[illecrom nhoj] - They said this student was enrolled in finance courses!! Lol
[hcivonasok hsolim] - What the story doesn't say is the kid wanted to stop at every Wal-Mart along the way to admire his craftsmanship.
[okzsylam ailazor] - Well... Maybe he was threatened by the taxi cab driver, thats why he paid everything plus cell...?!?!?!?
[yhtraccm ekim] - The real crime is how much taxes the cab driver will have to pay on that $ 4000.00
[sokakael mas] - it's about time someone made some money !!! BRAVO !!!
[yhtraccm ekim] - Mega bus is like $10.00
[yesrod lrac] - Those people believe That everything here costs a fortune...The Limo Hustler's Know this...The Limo Driver Should Be Arrested Cause He Was A Part In The Scam For Sure....O'hare Airport is a SesPool of Such Over Charging.
[ettenrub yaj] - Good for the cab welcome to Chicago
[naibaf leahcim] - lol - I would have charged him half that - next time call me!
[niblihp ttocs] - Gotta love Chicago
[naibaf leahcim] - did he get the plate number??????
[relgig yoj annaid] - Shame on cab driver ....shame ,shame!
[kilredna norahs] - And He paid it? That's a lot of cash on hand. Did he tip the cabby?
[tsug tnerb] - Just wait until he has to pay his tuition bill... He was way overcharged but is definitely lacking common sense... Can't learn everything from a book!
[dnaltsae eilliw] - people love taking advantage of folks
[ikcebos mij] - sucker born every min
[regnarg yentruoc] - What the hell is wrong with people? Taking advantage of innocent people is wrong on so many levels! It's this kind of debauchery that gives Chicago a bad name...
[reswob-tfeerk aynat] - Welcome to Chicago!!! It's despicable!
[solifokisuom kcin] - Hope he got a receipt
[llams ekim] - Welcome to Merica!!!!!
[osucnam eitram] - Street smart versus book smart.
[nollitsac eoj] - That's crazy! I would've only charged $3000!
[zurc oinotna] - I feel sorry for the student , but at the same time I think ,what was the student thinking?- if a cab ride is 4000 ,he must be telling himself , I'm going to need more yen. America very expensive..
Wonder what he was will to pay for a BigMac ....
[hplodnar solrac] - Glad to see that UofI is keeping its standards high when excepting only the brightest applicants.
[sukcnev nhoj] - There illegal cabs, they use there own vehicles
[krob gerg] - cab driver is just a common thief like Jackson jr.
[eornom efef] - And his dumb ass payed for it?
[sukcnev nhoj] - Illegal cabs are also stationed at the greyhound station
[legnem ennahtur] - This is where Karma is a good deal.
[palnud ahsram] - Not amusing for a NEW STUDENT to the country. The kid was only about 18 years old. Guess he was lucky to make it to the resident hall at Champaign Campus with out any other harm outside his money.
[rerhüf tam] - The people that are commenting things like sucks to be him are horrible, learn some compassion this story is disgusting but what is more disgusting are some of these comments.
[kazclaw kcaj] - I hope he is not studying economics!!
[kazclaw kcaj] - Welcome to America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[nosredneh enelrad] - Being the mom of a college Fresman, makes me angry/afraid, that there are creeps in the world like that just waiting to prey on our kids!!!
[kazclaw kcaj] - Probably an Obaaama phone owner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[illecrom nhoj] - Was the taxi a Rickshaw??
[skcih aidualc] - Low life!! I hope they catch whoever did this!
[izza nelle yram] - That's a long frigging ride... Don't the corporatists call that "free trade"?
[fle esuoh ognum] - hes from china.. thats where all our $$$ is thank you Presicunt Nigbabma
[sukcnev nhoj] - Yes it's criminal, operating a illegal cab
[sukcnev nhoj] - Carries a 1000 fine
[noopep sirap] - Good! Maybe we can get back some of the money we send to them :)
[ellesig annavi] - What kind of student carries 4,000? Really? -.-
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[leugim opmaco] - Was tip included????????
[notsniw yram] - that is a shame,someone always taking advantage of someone else.
[laginogcm mij] - http://www.taxifarefinder.com/ Estimated Fare:
$332.00 Shame shame shame
[enolezna nhoj] - this is not criminal offense is it ... and who the heck takes a 3.5 hour cab ride ... that's a a 7 hr round trip for that cab driver ... .. why didn't the moron take the train
[ffuh aliehs] - U reap what u sow....
[kecinaj wonhsiw eibbed] - I don't know if I believe the story is true. Anyone can write a handwritten receipt. Let's make America look bad, etc. If it is true, shame on them both.... The person who took advantage, and the college student for allowing it to happen. That type of transportation should have been planned before the student left China. And who carries round that much cash?
[revots yeksalb annod] - keep in mind the guy just came from China. HE doesn't know our ways or how to get around here. The "moron" here is the one who took advantage of in innocent person
[namredef atir] - Oh my goodness. Terrible rip-off. :(
[acciz ennasor] - That's really sad!
[yennik woltet neelie] - This is a crime! I sure hope there is some way they can find this driver. What a jerk.
[yksnarum yzzil] - Yeah way to make the US look great around the world...what an idiot cab driver....
[walceiw kinimod] - Hahaha if the idiot paid then it's his fault hahahahahahha
[rennik yssiy] - Catch the con person!! It's a criminal and this person deserve goes to jail. Poor student who wants to get better school and learn more from USA.
[zehcnas ecinreb] - If that really happened, that's terrible - what if it was your kid going to a new country and not knowing what's normal there? But what's worse are some of the comments on here....
[nalyob zsamilk nerak] - Must have been a Chicago cabbie those out of zone fees can be a real $?@!)
[sedroc adnil n rialc] - This scenario has been played out countless times in history, and yet there are victims. Find the driver, remove his license, repay the customer, then hand them a pamphlet on "America - Lambs to the Slaughter", a how to guide on not being so gullible.
[nosliw-nivalf teragram] - Well it is a long ride
[narocroc ittap] - he should have taken a limo!
[zenitram nhoj] - Well, considering that China owns over a third of America now through debt and land purchases, $4000 is a drop in the bucket for them - and Wee Tu Low, anyway.
[nostaw ronnoc] - Common sense helps
[eyaj leahcim] - Are you sure it was $4000 in USD? Maybe he gave him 4000.00 Chinese Yuen which comes out to about $653. USD :D
[oppoiccac selffawdnanekcihcemosnivol ynnad] - I work at ohare and no way that should of happened. There are signs posted in the airlines baggage claim area that states to the passengers to not accept solicited rides from unauthorized drivers. That's why they have phones to call suburban cabs and for city area rides they have a taxi stand in each terminal.
[iemolotrab tap] - Jeez, he could have bought a used car for that! Isn't that fare illegal? Aren't fares regulated?
[selaznog haras] - I have been gouged in other countries, and the easiest thing to do is not pay it. The driver could not turn to anyone for help.
[nahk airamsydalg] - Sad. No one deserves to be cheated that way. I know that university do send out a welcome package. He must have been confused and scared to find himself in a strange place. I hope the person who did this regrets his greed and returns the money.
[yrbenneh nhoj] - Hope he got a tip
[kcindur evad] - Well, gas prices DID go up since this Syria situation developed.
Seriously, there IS bus or train service between Chicago and Urbana.
Doesn't speak well for the student's research skills, does it?
[lag annaoj] - This just makes me sick. Poor kids
[regnettip ettruh yduj] - Are you kidding me??
[namkcal eiggam] - As a student of the university, I have many brushes with foreign students. I think it's great that there are so many people who want to come to our country to receive a great education, and it is so unfortunate that this has to happen. The poor kid obviously did not know better!
[redeorhcs nylorac] - That is so awful and very sad!!!
[kcindur evad] - Maybe the cabbie took "the long, scenic route"...via Denver?
[evolezis ainos] - Bad, bad, bad. The guy had $4,000 to pay for the ride?
[jrodaavad lardab] - Welcome to America
[noel ed leahcim] - Well we should know how shady chicago is wink wink Rod Blagojevich... we live in crook county
[kilvap yllek] - Thank goodness you chose the correct stock photo of UIUC.
[kalahcim evets] - Welcome to America, where we rip you off
[nóel xeh rotcéh] - Karma is a mtf!!!
[iloinotna .f hplar] - Welcome to Illinois!!!
[kcap eisus] - That is disgusting! I hope they find that bastard. Track the cell phone.
[reklaw yeslehc] - I'm in no way justifying the cab driver's actions, but the student should have known better. I wouldn't fly to China expecting to show up at the Beijing airport and walk around until I found a bus. It is sad that people will take advantage of others like this, but it's reality. If you're smart enough to be going to college, you should be wise enough not to let this happen to you.
[semuh ekalb] - That's damn right gas prices are high lol don't like it go home prolly here to go to school for free anyway
[relgan sinaj] - It was probably a city cab. They charge time & 1/2 if they leave the city limits. I work @ willowbrook and its almost $ 60 from midway and about $70 from ohare if you get into a cab that doesn't advertise flat rates to the burbs.
[semuh ekalb] - Do you know where champaign is it a lot farther then the burbs still shouldn't be no 4 grand maybe they said 400 and the extra zero was a tip lol
[noitan kcys] - welcome to the USA!!! in the famous words of Juicy J! " CASH!!!!!!*
[gninoked llib] - Never said it was a cab!
[occec id eikcaj] - Gee, what a welcome.
[htimsdlog yhtorod] - This is a college student that should return home ASAP.
[radmak luhem] - Welcome, welcome to Chicago,
We have a lake that's as big as a sea,
Our mayor's actually an emperor,
And a capo di tutti capi!
Welcome, welcome to Chicago!
To the domain of the mafiosi!
[onavotnam iggeil ikim] - Let's not forget that the Chinese government pays for these kids who study in the USA...out-of-state tuition, housing, meals, per diem, travel, spending money. etc. YES, all paid for! So, let's not feel so bad, in fact, not bad at all. We should be feeling bad for our own College students forced to borrow and faced with enormous student loan debt. Does our own government assist our College students in any way? Only via government loans; loans with hefty interest rates...that's it! This Chinese student's $4,000 travel fare from O'Hare to Urbana-Champaign does not cost him a penny. #nopity
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[zemeug itap] - awww that is despicable!! Seriously people. What a shitty thing to do in our city!!
[lebielb ylime] - this makes me so sad:(
[snillum naj] - That's what you call "being taken for a ride!"
[iksnisalb dlareg] - Well it's about time we are getting our money back from china.
[sanukip kcub divad] - Tell him I have deals on Elevator passes!
[rebiarg nad] - I have ocean front property overlooking Lake Michigan in the far west suburbs from Chicago for sale.
[llebpmac nehpets] - (( SUM TINK WONG! ))
[smailliw elleinad] - That's just horrible, that kid had no idea.
[sirelbek rehcamuhcs nerak] - What???? That is terrible!
[selbor erdamsed le ogell] - Wow hope they get that thief thirsty mtf and hope he gets his money back poor guy... some times people r ass holes don't matter we're u cum from we're all equal.... so upsetting...
[ittehcram ogram] - Sounds like a Chicago Cabbie.
[redam .l adnil] - Well I hope the student is identified and a fund gets set up for contributions for him. What a terrible welcome to our country, ripping him off like that. Hopefully the news media can help turn this around for him.
[notaeh sirhc] - The price of citizenship these days is steepened.
[zsodrawt yttap] - That's really sad
[eornom efef] - I'm sorry Mat with one T. Was that your friend that I insulted? I must be smarter because who would even reach that high on the cab fare meter. Congrats on finding the one black person to insult out of 254 comments Racist Mat. Must have took a lot out of your day - dickwad.
[nogerbo adnilem] - i agree @Linda L. Mader....this is horrible to hear..and i do hope this student stays encouraged and gets the money back...
[oknehcvehs ayilime] - Is this Joke? Airline ticket from China to Chicago $1200.00 and Student paid $4000???