Round-Trip Taxi Ride from South Dallas Motel 6 to Longview Ends Badly for Cab Driver

The Motel 6 Fair Park is the type of place certain southern Dallas pastors fear will be neglected by app-based vehicle-for-hire services like Uber. It's south of Interstate 30, offers weekly rates and is right next to a Furr's cafeteria, which suggests a paucity of the affluent smartphone addicts such services cater to.

By contrast, Cowboy Cab is more than happy to serve the motel. One of its drivers showed up there at around 10 p.m. on Monday to pick up two customers. When they said they were heading to Longview, some two hours to the east, he happily obliged.

If you're wondering about the going rate for a one-way, 120-mile taxi ride to Longview, it's right at $225, but the two gentlemen didn't take a one-way trip. When they arrived at their destination, a modest but well-kept house in a quiet residential neighborhood, no one responded to their knocks, so they returned to the cab and told the driver to take them back to Motel 6.

To a layman, collecting a $450 fare from anyone picked up from a discount motel on a seedy stretch of I-30 seems like an uncertain proposition, so it's not terribly surprising that it did not go well for the Cowboy Cab driver. He told police that they stepped out of the cab without paying. When he tried to stop them, he was thrown to the ground, suffering minor cuts and bruises.

Cops arrived and knocked on the door of the room the men said they were staying in. They weren't around, but the motel said they had a driver's license on file for one of them. Even if police follow up, it's unlikely that the taxi driver will get his $450 fare. So, there might be something to Uber's policy of requiring customers to have a credit card on file after all.

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Please at least know what you are talking about -- this is at Jim Miller and I-30 -- hardly the ghetto you are trying to imply. Plenty of people with cellphones and credit cards -- Just north of Buckner Terrace.  Do any of you ever come out of your bubbles?


We get it, y'all like Uber and that's fine. But the Uber stories are becoming as tiresome as Schutze's Mike Miles stories. You just keep framing them differently. I feel bad for that driver, but what driver isn't suspicious when a passenger wants a ride from Fair Park to Longview?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That Motel 6 is rate 160 out of 186 reviewed hotels in Dallas on TripAdvisor.  I read some horror stories there.

everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Lorlee I grew up in Buckner Terrace and my parents still live there.  I know the place well.

That Motel 6 is exactly the sort of ghetto they are implying.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter guess the cabbie might have asked for some sort of partial prepayment.  


@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz People who write online reviews just want to grouse. This particular Motel 6 understands that hospitality is all about the little touches -- that nickel rock on your pillow when you come home at night, a lovely cocktail-hour spread featuring chilled Réserve du Acier and such delicacies as imported gonorrhea. 

observist topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  Hmm, that's odd.  Most of the other weekly-rate rate hotels south of I-30 are really nice places.

everlastingphelps topcommenter

@casiepierce @Lorlee I don't know where Eric got the notion to call it the "Motel 6 Fair Park".

From where Motel 6 lists it as "Motel 6 Dallas - Fair Park" in the link on the disputed text, one would presume.  Since that's its, you know, name.


@Lorlee My response was aimed at Phelps. You know and I know exactly where this is. And it's just barely south of I-30 and far away from Fair Park, I don't know where Eric got the notion to call it the "Motel 6 Fair Park".


@casiepierce @everlastingphelps @Lorlee Casie -- "not disagree" too many negatives to figure out what you are saying.  I disagree that this is South Dallas -- that is my only point.  


@scottindallas @casiepierce @observist @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz You can go a mile or two past any nice neighborhood in Dallas and be surrounded by a concentrated mass of poor/blight.  Take a look at Highland Park/University Park with their million dollar homes then go less than a mile west to Bluffview and what do you find?

scottindallas topcommenter

@casiepierce @observist @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz you can go at least a mile North of 30 there and you're in the hood.  That area has one of the most concentrated masses of poor/blight in the city.  ....And I'm describing TimeWarner's signal--rock me

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